Significantly Paul writes that scripture is inspired by God and is useful for training in righteousness. Paul does not say scripture is ‘God.’ Jesus Christ is God and is the living word. In Him the Bible finds its meaning and correct application. This is the ‘Jesus Lens.’ Independently of Jesus and if attached to a partisan agenda, the text will not be the light of God. Many false gospels and cults began with ‘Bible Studies’ – studies that wrongly divide the word of truth and bind people into aberrant doctrines, so subtly sculpted that people are convinced that their teachings are Bible based.
‘Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth’ 2 Tim 2.15 NLT. The application of an old covenant frame to the new testament will not correctly explain the world of truth.
I upset a woman once by writing that the Bible is not the main revelation of God, and that Bible Study does not always produce sons and daughters of God. Of course the religious mind thinks it does – because in the religious mindset, the Bible is equated to law, at least a new testament version of it. But there is no law in the new covenant age – other than Jesus who is the law of the spirit of life. He is not words on stone, or words on a page for that matter. He is Himself – the son of Man and Son of God manifesting through you.
Jesus never deified the scriptures. Much to the annoyance of the scribes He declared that the scriptures led to Him. Unless we are immersed in THE BEING OF JESUS, as is our privilege, the scriptures are a dead letter. The scriptures are never alive unless they are subordinate to and filled with the Living Word. If we are creatures of the letter we will not be alive either, since all forms of the letter kill the life of God that could have been expressed as us. The life of God is expressed in its ultimate form as the life of Jesus Christ. It is expressed in you as Jesus come in your flesh.
Since Jesus is the living word the basic text of the new testament age is Jesus Christ Himself. Thus, when Christ is our life, we are as Paul said ‘a letter.’ In other words a living expression of Jesus. Since Christ is your life you are part of the multiple expression of Jesus as the church. Sons and daughters emerge out of their baptism into Christ. You are not baptised into an ideology or into Christianity. You are baptised into Christ and as a result you are born into the community of the sons and daughters of God.
We have no more chance of being reborn as sons through the efforts of the law than your clothes can become a new you as a result of a cycle in the washing machine. The life we get in Christ is much more that a life contrasted with the negativity of sins and sinning. It is life as a self-perpetuating thing in itself – the infinite life of God manifesting as you. His life expressed as you because you are part of God and God is part of you.
On the topic of the vicarious humanity of Christ, Christian Kettler writes,
‘The obedience of Christ is not limited to the first century. His obedient, priestly life continues today, and neglecting that can lead to a mishandling often of the text of the New Testament, Torrance contends. In fact “the basic text” of revelation is not the New Testament but “the obedient humanity of Jesus Christ.” Apostolic tradition functions rightly when it recognizes the continuous life of Jesus Christ, his living priesthood, and the New Testament text as an indispensable yet relative “glass” or “window” into the living humanity of Christ.’
Kettler, Christian D.. The Breadth and Depth of the Atonement: The Vicarious Humanity of Christ in the Church, the World, and the Self: Essays, 1990–2015 (p. 73). Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.