The scriptures reveal God, but Christ is God fully revealed.
There is a vast difference between the Word of God and the scriptures. Jesus alone is the Word of God—God in His fullness declared to us. The Scriptures are a limited revelation of a limitless God; the testimony of many witnesses as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit. The scriptures are primarily meant to lead us into real interaction with the living God for ourselves. If we don’t live out of an encounter with Christ and in the ongoing experience of personal interaction with Christ, we will never truly understand the scriptures, which testify of Christ.
In Acts chapter 8, Saul, with his vast knowledge of the scriptures and perfect observance of the law of Moses, persecuted and killed Christians. Then in Acts chapter 9, Saul encountered the living Christ for himself and began a life of ongoing personal interaction with and dependance on Him. Jesus changed him into a new man and upgraded his identify, signified by a new name: Paul. In Acts chapter 13, we see Paul again, now alive with the revelation of God through Christ. Paul taught the same scriptures he had known so well; but now he taught them with true understanding birthed out of his personal interaction with the Word of God himself, Jesus Christ.
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)
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God. (John 8:47)
…If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith — that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:4-11)
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.