On Rightly Handling Scripture
In preparing John 5:31-47 for tomorrow night’s youth Bible study class, God has been impressing me with the importance of reading Scripture respectfully. “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” because “all Scripture is breathed out by God” (2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16). As D. A. carson warns us in his commentary The Gospel According to John:
No independence is more arrogant and more delusive than religious independence, which reaches its tragic apogee when the central meaning of Scripture is perverted. (264)
Or as John Calvin so helpfully reminds us in his commentary on John’s Gospel:
Again, we are taught by this passage, that if we wish to obtain the knowledge of Christ, we must seek it from the Scriptures; for they who imagine whatever they choose concerning Christ will ultimately have nothing instead of him but a shadowy phantom. First, then, we ought to believe that Christ cannot be properly known in any other way than from the Scriptures; and if it be so, it follows that we ought to read the Scriptures with the express design of finding Christ in them. (218)
Let us also learn from it, that we ought not to glory in the Scriptures without a good reason; for if we do not honour the Son of God by the true obedience of faith, all whom God hath raised up to be his witnesses will rise up against us as accusers at the last day. (224)
The Bible is God’s Word. May God help me glorify him by handling it rightly, that is, respectfully.