Sometimes when I’m teaching students how to read and I want them to test their comprehension, I’ll walk up to their desk and place my hand down on top of their book and ask them “What’s it about?” Invariably, they want to look around or through my hand so they can find some key words or the topic sentence because that’s what they’ve been trained to do. “Just tell me what you’ve been thinking as you read?” I say. “Ummmm. Whales are big?” Then I take my hand off the page and we scan the page using our study skills to double-check. They are almost always right. “You just told me the main idea in your own words,” I say, “Good job.”
What’s my point?
My point is that we can do all the Scriptural studies and divide the Bible this way and that way but there comes a time when we just have to close the Book and ask ourselves, “What’s it all about?”
I have come to the conclusion that the Bible is about living by faith. Period.
The prophet said, “The righteous lives by his faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4 ESV). Paul based his letter to the Roman church on this verse as well as at least had it in mind as he wrote much of Hebrews. If Paul had what we might call a “life verse”, this is it. If Revelation has a single message it’s “Have Faith.”
We can break it down this way:
Righteousness is being right with God/who our Father created you to be.
True Life is granted through the Holy Spirit. A person who does not have the Holy Spirit in him or her is spiritually dead.
Faith is that deep trust beyond-a-shadow-of-a-doubt in Jesus and His Gospel.
If we wish to be who our Father intends us to be, we must partner with the Holy Spirit to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The question now is: What does that look like? This is really what I’ve been trying to figure out. Isn’t it?
Help me out here.