What is the Bible and what are we supposed to do with it?
“Inspired” is an answer that many of us give right off the top of our heads:
Every scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing mistakes, for correcting, and for training character. (2 Tim 3:16, CEB)
But in general we’re not so up on the lead-in:
Since childhood you have known the holy scriptures that help you to be wise in a way that leads to salvation through faith that is in Christ Jesus. (2 Tim 3:15, CEB)
Scripture is not just about “learning things” that God wants us to know.
And it’s not just about finding out “what we should do.”
The things we are to learn, and the things we are to do are located within the work of God that has a specific end and goal in view.
We read scripture with full faithfulness not merely when we say, “This is God’s word,” but when we read and interpret it as a witness to the salvation that God has made available to us in Christ.
It’s not enough to read the Bible. We have to read it with a Christological hermeneutic.