The Doorpost: The main purpose of God's Word

Ray King  ·  Mar 30, 2017

You search the Scriptures  because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear  witness about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me that  you may have life.

John 5:39-40

One of the ironies of Jesus’ life on earth was that He was rejected by people who thought they were carefully following God’s Word in their beliefs and practices. 

These people studied Scripture and memorized it. They prayed and fasted. They gave offerings at the temple and confessed sin. They were meticulous in obeying their rules to the point of criticizing Jesus for doing good on the Sabbath. 

Even though they were so dedicated to obeying God’s Word, Jesus told them that they did not have His Word abiding in them. He said that they had never heard God’s voice nor seen His form, and that they did not have the love of God within them. (John 5:37-38, 42)   

If they were living today, would we consider them to be faithful members of our churches? Might some of them be members of health care sharing ministries? 
If our study and application of God’s Word does not bring us to Jesus—to a deeper relationship with and dependence on Him—we are missing the central purpose of Scripture and of life.