Yesterday my pastor quoted author Niel Cole who describes American Christians as "educated beyond their obedience.” Without a doubt you and I are living in a time when there has never been greater access to Bible information—especially in this internet age where we have a virtual library at our fingertips. But is being more informed about the Bible changing us?
When Jesus prayed “sanctify them by your word; your Word is truth” (John 17:17), He affirmed the life-changing power of the Word of God. Reiterated in Hebrews, the author states that there is a life and power (Heb. 4:12) in the Word that cuts through our mental structures reaching into our inner man, changing us from the inside-out.
But let’s face it. God’s Word does not always seem to be effective! There is a simple reason for this. God’s Word must be interpreted to our spirits by the Holy Spirit—the only One Who can turn facts and information into ‘truth’—a phenomenon called ‘revelation knowledge’ (Eph. 1:17).
Someone has said: it is one thing to know Scripture. It is another thing to know the Lord of the Scripture. We need to know Jesus not only from the written word but as the Living Word (John 1:14). When the words on the page of the Bible become real, they turn into ‘truth’ that sets you free (Jn. 8:32).