I’ve been watching an FBI show lately on Pure Flix and it has me really fired up about searching for the hidden truths of the Bible. In the same way that the show portrays the detectives analyzing evidence, we can discover things we never knew about God.
Have you ever really investigated God? Invested time in searching out what God’s Word says for yourself? Have you ever tested a sermon you’ve heard against the Word of God to see if its truth? Have you ever heard something that sounded really good but then you discovered for yourself that you couldn’t use the Bible to prove it?
For example, I cannot tell you that I believe that the Bible tells us 365 times not to fear. I see that all over social media, I’ve heard friends, pastors, and teachers say it. There’s a good chance I probably said it myself at some point. But I just can’t find the evidence yet for myself to believe that it’s in there that many times. The good news is that the Bible does address fear thoroughly. There is indeed proof in the scripture that fear is not of God, and that God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. Praise God, there is also proof in my own life! Thankfully, it is very true that the Bible says not to fear.
Disclaimer: If you have the 365 references of where they get that the Bible says fear not that many times, please share!
But what if you go deeper? What if you took the time to make a collage about a topic in the Bible and you searched it out? You studied and investigated as an FBI agent would? What if you looked for repeated words in a verse, if you looked at the context, the culture of when it was written, who it was written to, who did God speak through to write it, was a particular verse intended specifically for that audience or for all mankind, how do we bridge it from it’s original context to how it applies to our own life and culture today? The questions go on and on. I have decided that God is willing to take me as deep as I am willing to go when it comes to studying the Bible. Revelation knowledge comes through studying the Word and knowing what it says so that you can test anything that you hear. I know there are some who read this and think its the most boring thing ever. But I got a fresh revelation of it last week and it left me inspired to dig deeper and to cross reference more, to take the time to use a concordance and Bible dictionary for things that I hadn’t considered looking up before now. I’ve been asking myself these same questions. I find myself hungrier than ever to dig deeper and discover new depths in my relationship with God.
Jesus came to earth as a baby, born of a virgin, grew up and ministered by performing supernatural miracles that absolutely could not be explained. It’s a pretty interesting story worth investigating. Today, if a man caused a herd of pigs to run off and drown, it would be all over the news. The police would be all over it. How much more is Jesus worth investigating?
He loves us so much that He was willing to die on the cross for our sins and now He sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. He is worth it! Glory to God!!