The Bible is a collection of real-life testimonies from real people about real experiences with a real God. True life in Christ is never passive. He wants to interact with us. Truth was never meant to be isolated from experience. It is an invitation to participate with Him now by faith (Heb 4:2).
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20
Knowledge without experience is incomplete
The purpose of the Bible is to lead us into a life-giving experience with the Living God. Real Christianity is intellectual and experiential; knowing and being (Phi. 3:8-11).
“…our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. …” 1 Thessalonians 1:5 ESV
Biblically, a lack of experience has never proven anything other than unbelief. On the other hand, experience most definitely proves the truth of the Word.
“Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.” Psalms 20:6 ESV
Our lack of experience can never trump the truth revealed in God’s Word. God intends to transform us until our experience proves His Word.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 NKJV
With God, everything is an invitation deeper
There is nothing more useless than learning the Bible, Christian doctrine, and church history without ever coming into the experience of life with God. Jesus Christ is the living Bread from Heaven.
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” John 5:39-40 ESV
If our knowledge does not lead us to know Him and experience His life, then it is leading us to spiritual malnutrition. It’s like eating food yet never digesting it; never receiving the benefit that it provides.
Truth must not only be acquired — it must be consumed.
Truth must change you.
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for twenty years, and is the proud father of two boys.