But God- Read Scripture to Know Him

Greetings,

"If the truth sets me free, why do I feel so locked up in my own skin?"

But God Image_Color_CrossThat was one question we heard this week. So then, let's tackle that question. It is a common feeling, and a question that doesn't get asked as often as it should, because many feel ashamed for feeling that way and don't want others to know they're struggling. Now, on to the response. First off, let's be clear about something-the Bible does NOT teach that the truth sets us free! What? Go ahead and look for yourself- the reference is John 8:32. Jesus is speaking and what He said was, "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free." To only say the truth will set you free is just part of what He said. It is an incomplete statement. Now, let's unwrap His statement a bit. I want to look at the word He chooses for 'know'. It is the word 'ginosko'. It is the same word used in Matthew 1:25 where it says that Joseph 'knew' Mary not until after Jesus was born. This word is speaking of intimate knowledge and Jesus is using it to speak of our relationship with the truth. That is important because, as you know, He calls Himself the truth. He desires intimacy with us. He is the One who frees the captives.

Now, just a side note. Many believers don't read Scripture that way. I know that sounds weird, but many read scripture to find out what to do. How to act. Let me be clear that knowing those things is good, however, they are NOT the reason for reading the Bible! The primary purpose of reading scripture is to know Him! Not just how I should behave. But to grow in intimate knowledge of Jesus. Jesus says as much to the Pharisees in John 5:39- He says this; "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of me”. Remember, He is our life and it is He Who sets us free, but the freedom comes from knowing Him intimately. It is springing from this intimacy that we will know what to do and have the freedom and the power to watch Him do it through us. Let's be sure to get first things first. He came seeking us for intimacy. The 'doing' comes second. Knowing He wants me first for intimacy is indeed liberating.

Blessings,

Thomas

Thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

 

If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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