“For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.” (John 1:16)<
When Rene Descartes said “I think, therefore I am” (ITTIA), he poignantly summarized the great human tragedy that we think the universe is what we make of it by the exercise of our own brains’ functions. More than 350 years have passed since the utterance ITTIA was spoken, yet these five words are more and more ingrained in our human condition even as we moved to a postmodern age. But worse, Christians buy into this also, often unknowingly.
ITTIA is particularly a problem with how some Christians read the Bible. We make observations in the Bible, try to figure the patterns and the curious stuff, work it all out like a puzzle, and deduce conclusions from all of it. Viola! And I have created a “version of the truth” for me!
True living comes from “receiving” what God gives us, not creating our own version of reality. True knowledge of God comes from “receiving” God’s word and God’s presence, not creating our own version of God.
Acts 17:11 says of the Bereans: “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” The reason we have to read the Bible again and again and all over again is not because we didn’t finish reading it; the reason is we haven’t fully received God’s word into all the areas of our lives. Indeed, Colossians 2:6 says: “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.”