The Jesus Lens: Bringing the Bible’s Story into Focus – By Leroy Spinks
The Bible is a record of and witness to divine-human encounter and relationship—period!
To understand such stories, we have to understand that the Bible must not only be read; it must be interpreted. So, how do we do that? I am convinced that a significant portion of the difficulties many people have with the Bible is due to a lack of understanding of the historical process by which we received these inspired scriptures—and I do believe they are divinely inspired.
We have not paid sufficient attention to the story of how the Bible came to be written. If we read the Bible as a technical treatise in which every word stands on equal footing, we distort the meaning of scripture. If, on the other hand, we read every sentence of the Bible through the lens of Jesus Christ, we come to see God in all the glory we earth-bound and time-bound creatures can stand.
Trust Jesus and let him show you how to read the record of God’s self-revelation. Read everything before Jesus and everything after him through the Jesus lens.
Spinks graduated from Wake Forest University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Th.M. and D. Min) and held pastorates in Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia. For 20 years until his retirement in 2005, he wrote Bible study materials for LifeWay, the former Baptist Sunday School Board. Spinks is the author of Forgotten No Longer and The Jesus Lens. Learn more about Spinks on his author page.