A friend sent me this quote from St. Jerome, who was both a theologian and Bible translator: “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”
Jerome’s statement needs to be painted on every church wall in America. For some reason many people sitting in church to- day are under the impression they can have an intimate relationship with God in Christ apart from the Scriptures. This simply is not true. Through the Scriptures, God in Christ is revealed by the Holy Spirit. In other words, knowledge of Scripture is knowledge of Christ.
We spend many hours frustrated with God and Christ because we try to know Him through a thousand worldly sources but not through the one source given to us by the Holy Spirit, the Scriptures.
If your faith life is frustrating you because you feel that God seems distant and Christ seems to be a stranger, then perhaps you should spend more time in Scripture.
Paul wrote, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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