Two ways to read the Bible

Tim Keller writes:

Ed Clowney points out that if we ever tell a particular          Bible story without putting it into the overall main Bible story (about          Christ), we actually change the meaning of the particular event for us.          It becomes a moralistic exhortation to 'try harder' rather than a call          to live by faith in the work of Christ. There is, in the end, only two          ways to read the Bible: is it basically about          me or basically about Jesus? In other words, is it basically about          what I must do, or basically about what he has done? Example: If I read          David and Goliath as basically giving me an example, then the story is          really about me. I must summons up the faith and courage to fight the          giants in my life. But if I read David and Goliath as basically showing          me salvation through Jesus, then the story is really about him. Until          I see that Jesus fought the real giants (sin, law, death) for me, I will          never have the courage to be able to fight ordinary giants in life (suffering,          disappointment, failure, criticism, hardship). The Bible is not a collection          of "Aesop's Fables", it is not a book of virtues. It is a story about          how God saves us. Any exposition of a text that does not 'get to Christ'          but just 'explains Biblical principles' will be a 'synagogue sermon' that          merely exhorts people to exert their wills to live according to a particular          pattern. Instead of the life-giving gospel, the sermon offers just one          more ethical paradigm to crush the listeners.
Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash

I'm a grateful husband, father, oupa, and pastor of Grace Fellowship Church Don Mills. I love learning, writing, and encouraging. I'm on a lifelong quest to become a humble, gracious old man.
Toronto, Canada