John 5:39-40, by Braden Corliss

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by: Cindy Ford

03/01/2021

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Scripture - John 5:39-40 “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”


Observation - It seems there remains a lot of mistrust about the true reality of Christ in this section of John 5.  Who is he? Is His testimony true? Is he really the one that John the Baptist said he was? But there also seems to be a lack of awareness of the intent of Scripture.  Here Jesus seems to be calling out the inappropriate use of scripture as a means to eternal life. Scripture is not the means to eternal life; Scriptures testifies to the relationship we need with Jesus to have any life.  Yet, as I think is common among all people, we have a propensity/ bend toward distrust.  It seems easier to adopt Scripture as absolutely impersonal truth than place our hope in a person - even if He is the Son of God. 


Application - My undergraduate study was predominately in the realms of Philosophy and Theology.  I love to investigate and question truths.  I believe all ideas should be held up to structiny.  I particularly enjoy debates with others on controversial topics (I enjoy these only when all parties can maintain civil and loving dialogue).  Truth is an investigation into the facts, the data, the causal relationship found through the scientific method.  Yet, I think Jesus challenges me in this passage to root truth not so much in an absolute (i.e. gravity, thermodynamics, etc), but a relationship with the Truth - Himself.  I don’t hear him saying throw out the other things, but instead allow those things to testify to Him.  It seems in my search for truth I need to be in relationship with Jesus.


Prayer - Jesus, You are the Truth.  When I am tempted to place faith in the truths that lead to you, steer me to our relationship.  When I want to base an argument solely off data, remind me of your testimony.  Help me, Lord, to seek our relationship for comfort instead of the minefield of inquiry. Amen.
Scripture - John 5:39-40 “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”


Observation - It seems there remains a lot of mistrust about the true reality of Christ in this section of John 5.  Who is he? Is His testimony true? Is he really the one that John the Baptist said he was? But there also seems to be a lack of awareness of the intent of Scripture.  Here Jesus seems to be calling out the inappropriate use of scripture as a means to eternal life. Scripture is not the means to eternal life; Scriptures testifies to the relationship we need with Jesus to have any life.  Yet, as I think is common among all people, we have a propensity/ bend toward distrust.  It seems easier to adopt Scripture as absolutely impersonal truth than place our hope in a person - even if He is the Son of God. 


Application - My undergraduate study was predominately in the realms of Philosophy and Theology.  I love to investigate and question truths.  I believe all ideas should be held up to structiny.  I particularly enjoy debates with others on controversial topics (I enjoy these only when all parties can maintain civil and loving dialogue).  Truth is an investigation into the facts, the data, the causal relationship found through the scientific method.  Yet, I think Jesus challenges me in this passage to root truth not so much in an absolute (i.e. gravity, thermodynamics, etc), but a relationship with the Truth - Himself.  I don’t hear him saying throw out the other things, but instead allow those things to testify to Him.  It seems in my search for truth I need to be in relationship with Jesus.


Prayer - Jesus, You are the Truth.  When I am tempted to place faith in the truths that lead to you, steer me to our relationship.  When I want to base an argument solely off data, remind me of your testimony.  Help me, Lord, to seek our relationship for comfort instead of the minefield of inquiry. Amen.
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