The BIBLE (the Way to Know God)
All you need to do is sign-up for a hermeneutics course. The professor will tell you what the Bible means. Just study and interpret the bible the way he tells you.
Well what if? What if you read the words of Jesus for yourself. Instead of the professor telling you what the Bible means, Jesus' words suddenly ring true. If any man thirst, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes on me, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water (John 7:37-38). What a shocker. Notice what he didn't say, you need to take a course in hermeneutics then you'll know God.
What does Jesus mean by "if any man thirst?" I read my Bible and studied everything my teachers told me about “what the Bible says,” in Bible school in the 70's but the thirst remained. What is it that we are to drink?
Again we read, Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life (John 4:13).
Have you realized yet just how thirsty all that Bible study has left us if we don't know what Jesus means by this water inside of us springing up as fountains of life? And how does Jesus give us this water?
Ultimately Jesus means more in this verse than just taking a hermeneutics class. If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him (John 14:23).
Nothing can exceed our surprise when we read – we will come to him and make our home with him. Read that last sentance again. If you would search all the old Bible interpretations on this one verse, you don't find any mention of the last part of John 14:23. Some of those interpretations only point to "keep My word." What always amazed me was the old Bible interpretations didn't explain what that last phrase in John 14:23 meant.
Still, the thirst remains. And the thirst grows. Our soul longs to know this God who seems to be speaking to us in the Bible, speaking to something deep inside of us that longs to know.
Let's return to thirst – If any man thirst, let him come to Me and drink. What does this mean? How do we go to Jesus and what is it that we drink? What's so sad, countless Bible interpreters try to convince us that Jesus is far away from us right now, way up in heaven, sitting on a big throne.
They try to persuade us also that we shouldn't be interested about such questions, just wait until you die and go to heaven to be with Jesus. They warn us about all those people in church down through the years who got carried away and ended up in false teaching.
But the Spirit of truth confirms in us that John 7:37 sure is “in the Bible.” Today I ask myself, what does God actually say in his word to me?
If you're like me you have unquenchable thirst, a determination to find this Jesus in God’s word, this Jesus whom everyone says is something or somewhere else. Let's be single-minded and give our hearts to see exactly what God does actually say in His word.
There is one way required for anyone to approach the Bible in the way presented in John 7:37.
Do you thirst?
If you do, then come, come to Jesus where he is, the only place you will ever find Him – and drink.