A KNOWING DISPOSITION

The way a Believer approaches the Bible makes all the difference to knowing the word of Christ and growing in their faith. 

Interestingly, there's a certain church service in which a churchman leads a procession holding the Bible above his head. Presumably, it symbolised two things:

That the Bible is the Word of God and therefore it is above all other "words".

That the man standing under it  is surrendered and submitted to it. 

"Standing under" is a useful description of the way to approach the Bible. It's about approaching the Bible with an attitude of open mindedness and acceptance - humility.

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The opposite disposition of standing over is the common one for those who put their own opinions above God's word.

When they refer to Biblical things it's more often than not out of ignorance, inaccuracy or distortion. Misquoting is common.

Some others who "stand over" profess to believe in Christ. But they also holding to various "interpretations", such as Church denominational teachings, theological viewpoints, or they are persuaded by academic or "scientific" influences, all of which alter God's Word.

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In the Old Testament, God's people of faith approached the Scriptures with this godly standing under disposition (see Hebrews 11).

Jesus revealed His godly disposition throughout His earthly ministry (Matthew 1'1 to Acts 1'8). Later on Paul, Peter, John and the other New Covenant scribes did the same.

Consequently, those scribes proclaimed that:

"Scripture ... never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit," 2 Peter 1'21.

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God," 2 Timothy 3'16.

"... faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God," Romans 10'17.

Today a Believer's godly disposition is towards the word of Christ in the first instance. This is because it reveals the New Covenant Kingdom of God. The rest of God's word opens up from there.

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To understand God's word, stand under it!