“That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus” – Philemon 1:6
LIGHT FOR NOW: Your knowledge of the word is vital if your identity must be known.
The bible is a Christ-centered material that carries with it a Christ-centered message. What this means is that the bible is Christocentric, it centers on Christ because He is the reason for the bible. The prophets in the Old Testament spoke words that were centered on Christ or words whose focus and destination was on the person of Christ. That is, in the utterances of the prophets, Jesus is the focus. Jesus’ words with His disciples who were on their way to Emmaus in Luke 24 attest to this fact, it reads “Then he said unto them, O fools and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself…And he said unto them, these are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the Law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the Psalms concerning me” (Luke 24:25-27 and verse 44). It is important to note that when Jesus said “all that the prophets have spoken” (in verse 25), it could be better understood as “all these”; that is, they were things specific and not things general or everything they spoke, that is why the word “all” in bible interpretation must not be given an omnibus application, that word “all” is only interpreted within the context of usage.
So, the question is, what will be the “all these” that the prophets spoke as eluded by Jesus in verse 25? Verse 26 explains this, “Ought not Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into his glory”. That is, the summation of the utterances of the prophets concerning Christ is the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow.
Thus, the prophets had a Christ-centered message; Jesus is the message that was contained in their message. This further buttresses the fact that the bible is Christ-centered and thus the understanding of the bible will be birthed by the revelation of Jesus. Therefore, the believer in knowing himself must know Jesus by knowing the written word. Your knowledge of the word is your knowledge of Jesus (who is the word contained in the word or communicated by the written word) and in that knowledge of Jesus within the conduit of the knowledge of the word is the knowledge of yourself. So, where can the perfect view of the believer be found in? In the word. Can a believer who doesn’t know the word, know himself? No. So, in dealing with identity crisis, can we say studying God’s word is the key? Yes. The believer who is ignorant of God’s word is doing himself harm. So, can we say that the laziness of a believer in studying God’s word is a contributing factor to identity crisis? Yes. Therefore, the knowledge of God’s word in the studying of it and the learning of it via sitting down to be taught in a local church by a seasoned teacher is very vital to dealing with identity crisis.
INSTRUCTION: Knowledge is very critical as far as your identity is concerned, go for it.
PRAYER: Lord I am established in the truth of your word. I am immersed with your word, immersed in your word and I walk in the reality of your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: If you don’t study, you won’t know; if you don’t know, you cannot harness what is known.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2 TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4