John 5:39-41 NIV 2011
You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
I do not accept glory from human beings, but I know you.
The Jewish leaders in Jerusalem were appalled Jesus healed a man disabled for thirty-eight years. They discovered Jesus healed him. Lives spent studying the Scriptures, these men knew everything in them. But they failed to accept the One whom God’s Word pointed. Isaiah 26:10, “But when grace was shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and do not regard the majesty of the Lord.” Paul knew the Scripture but persecuted the Christians prior to meeting Jesus on the road to Damascus. The Jews loved earthly praise. Jesus Christ fulfilled prophecy, giving saved sinners eternal life.
There are men and women today, much like the Jewish leaders with tons of Bible knowledge and yet they still seek earthly praise. I do not stand in judgment but I’m confident God knows their heart. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and hearing Walter Kaiser four years ago at our BSF retreat. Dr. Kaiser is a humble godly man teaching and sharing his wealth of Old Testament knowledge. My pastors and others share faith in Christ saves sinners.
How are you thankful daily Jesus saves sinners?
Unworthy and humbled,