标 题： 认识神
经 节： 你们查考圣经，因你们以为内中有永生；给我作见证的就是这经。然而，你们不肯到我这里来得生命。（约翰福音五章39～40节）
“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal
life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come
to Me that you may have life.” (John 5:39-40)
Bible study will not give you eternal life. You could memorize the
entire Bible and be able to discuss minute issues of biblical scholarship and
yet fail to experience the truths found in its pages. It is a subtle temptation
to prefer the book to the Author. A book will not confront you about your sin,
the Author will. Books can be ignored; it is much harder to avoid the Author
when He is seeking a relationship with you.
The Pharisees in Jesus’ day thought God would be pleased with their
knowledge of His Word. They could quote long, complicated passages of
Scripture. They loved to recite and study God’s Law for hours on end. Yet Jesus
condemned them because, although they knew the Scriptures, they did not know
God. They were proud of their Bible knowledge, but they rejected the invitation
to know God’s Son.
Can you imagine yourself knowing all that God has promised to do in your
life but then turning to something else instead? You may be tempted to turn to
substitutes. These substitutes aren’t necessarily bad things. They might
include serving in the church, doing good deeds, or reading Christian books. No
amount of Christian activity will ever replace your relationship with Jesus.
The apostle Paul considered every “good” thing he had ever done to be “rubbish”
when compared to the surpassing value of knowing Christ (Phil. 3:8). Never
become satisfied with religious activity rather than a personal, vibrant, and
growing relationship with Jesus Christ.