LIVING HIS STORY

Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, onwhom the end of the ages has come.

// 1 Corinthians 10:11

Just before this verse, Paul spent time recounting the Hebrews' wandering in the wilderness; he asserts that the recording of those events proves useful for our instruction in faith.

Have you noticed that what the Bible is, really? It is a compendium of biographies about God's people. It's a family history, a genealogy of faith, a collection of life stories depicting the successes and failures of His children. The Bible is, also, the Holy Spirit's biography of one Man, the Man Christ Jesus.  The Bible chronicles the life of faith in those called by God; and it tracks the coming of Christ, His appearing and life on earth, and now His life as the Resurrected One, arisen in His people.

If we see the Bible as do's and don'ts, as laws and prohibitions, or as a catalogue of doctrines, then we've missed the purpose for having been written by the Holy Spirit. Because it is a compendium of biographies, with Christ's biography as its central emphasis, we have to re-imagine how it works and is meant to impact our lives. The biography of Christ is an accounting of His incarnation; the new birth replicates that incarnation in us, for Christ now indwells us by faith, through the Spirit. Doctrine is not abstract theology in the Scriptures, but rather it's earthed in lived-experiences. It's the Word made flesh -- incarnated -- in Christ principally, in us subsequently.

When we read the Bible, we should look for the doctrines of truth rooted in the lives of all who believed. Every doctrine can be found in the lived-experiences of those about whom the Bible writes. The Lord did this on purpose, so that His truth would be lived, not memorized; so that His life would be lived out in ours, not articulated with fancy, philosophical words. Doctrine is our lived-out experiences of God's life in us.

We must let the Word -- Jesus Himself -- become flesh in us by living out His life in our flesh today. Living His life as He did is worship to Him.

// Samuel Nicolosi