A prior post showed our status as living stones for God’s building. God does not desire scattered stones nor a pile of stones, and Jesus said, “I will build My church.” This building work continues through the New Testament and consummates in New Jerusalem.
Acts 20:32 says, “I commit you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who have been sanctified.” God and Jesus Christ as the living word of God (1 John 1:1-2), the word which brings God’s grace to us, are able to build us together. John 1:1, 14, 16 also has a strong coupling of the Word and grace:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us…full of grace and reality….Of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.
How can we experience the word of grace for our building up? The first key* is COME.
John 5:39-40: while we are reading the Bible, we must also come to the Lord. In verse 40 Jesus says, “come to Me that you may have life.” The Bible is God’s written word and Jesus Christ is God’s living Word. We should not separate them, but come to both together.
Hebrews 4:16: since we have a great High Priest who knows our weakness, we come forward to the throne of grace. At this throne we receive mercy (because of our weakness) and we find grace (for building together).
We can come and come forward with simple prayers along with our Bible reading. In our prayer we could (briefly) thank God for His word, open our heart to His word, ask Him to speak to us/to nourish us/to enlighten us/to grace us in our reading.
* I will present a second key in the next post.