We Are People of the Person

We Are People of the Person - Not People of the Book

Are we People of the Book or People of the Person? I’m reading Reunion by Bruxy Cavey and I am finding so many good takeaways from the book I decided to blog about them to share. I highly recommend purchasing a copy of Reunion for yourself.

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We Are People of the Person - Not People of the Book

We Are People of the Person

I realize that sounds weird. First let me quote Reunion:

We read the Bible because it is the best God-given window through which we get a clear view of Jesus – who is God’s ultimate self-disclosure. The Bible is not a painting to be looked at, but a window to be looked through, and through that window we see Jesus. […] In other words, Christ-followers are not actually “People of the Book”, as the Qur’an calls Christians. WE are People of the Person. We don’t follow the Bible – we read the Bible so we can follow Jesus. – ch 4 of Reunion

The author goes on to explain the difference.

…if I follow the Bible, I can use its stories to justify all kinds of violence, from beating children to waging all-out holy war. But if I follow the Jesus whom I read about in the Bible, he won’t let me get away with anything short of active, other-centered, nonviolent, enemy-embracing love.

Misunderstanding the Bible

I never realized it before reading this chapter but that is so true. I used to not believe in the Bible because I couldn’t see how bad things could happen in the bible when God was supposed to be good. I’d think, “if we don’t stone people when they cheat why do we have to follow the other laws?” I thought the Bible was just a set of laws to follow. I hadn’t actually read the Bible let alone studied it so I didn’t understand.

The stories of the Bible took place over many, many years and the laws changed and Jesus came and so the Bible isn’t saying we should live the way every person in every story lived. It’s not a bunch of stories of perfect people it’s the stories of sinners.

This all might make perfect sense to some or make you think, “duh!” But let me tell you it wasn’t obvious to me so if someone you are reaching out to has trouble with the negative things that happen in the Bible please keep this in mind. We are not following the Bible, we are following Jesus.

The Bible isn’t the Center of Christianity, Jesus Is

Bruxy Cavey continues…

[…]”You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” (John 5:39-40)

Herein lies the beautiful irony: we learn in the Bible that Jesus wants us to move beyond just learning the Bible. Sure from the outside in, we look like a People of the Book, reading and studying our Holy Scriptures like people of any other religion. But looks can be deceiving. From the inside out, we are a movement of people who follow Jesus, and that shapes how we read our own Bibles.

So Jesus himself told us to not just grip the Bible tightly but to come to know Jesus through the book. The Bible is a tool to get to Jesus. Jesus is the center of Christianity. Thank you to Bruxy Cavey for your book Reunion which helped me to understand that.

19 thoughts on “We Are People of the Person

  1. Susan Evans says:

    “The Bible is not a painting to be looked at, but a window to be looked through, and through that window we see Jesus.” Amen!! The Bible is meant to point us to Christ. If it’s not all about Christ, we have missed the whole point of Christianity.

  2. sue says:

    super quotes – thanks for sharing – yes, it’s our looking glass to Christ and as a woman of the Word, I can forget –

  3. ~ linda says:

    Amen! I am so grateful to read this tonight. I never thought of myself as a person “of the Book” yet I never called myself a person of Him either. I follow Jesus and so am a person of Jesus. Thank you so much for sharing pieces of this book as well as pieces of your mind and heart.

    1. I’m glad you were inspired by this post as that is my goal. Peace be with you.

  4. Steph says:

    This is an awesome post. I too, have never thought of myself this way before. But as Christians we strive to be like Jesus, hence my post “What would Jesus do?” I too am a person of Jesus! thanks for sharing.

    1. I’ll have to come visit and check out that post. Thanks for commenting.

  5. We are to be “disciples” of Christ and the Bible is our guide and we will get to know Jesus and how to follow him by reading the Bible each day.

  6. Melissa says:

    The quotes from the book are great! It seems like I have one more book to add to my crazy long list!

    1. This book is amazing. I’ll be sharing more thoughts from it in the next while.

  7. Julie says:

    This was a great thought-provoking post! This book looks like a great read! I enjoyed your reviews of it!

  8. Sasha Mills says:

    This is such a good reminder. We follow Jesus!

  9. Alice Mills says:

    I agree with this. The Bible points to Jesus, not to itself.

  10. Char says:

    A great reminder that it is important to read the bible not to justify our actions, but to learn who God/Jesus is.

  11. What a huge distinction! And absolutely necessary. I am a follower of Jesus, not of the book.

  12. Kristi says:

    It can be very difficult to understand the Bible when we don’t take the time to understand it. For the longest time I didn’t appreciate reading the Old Testament because I thought it was harsh. It just been the last handful of years that I realize how it is actually overflowing with mercy even within some of the passages that I deem ruthless, there is mercy. And it’s because like you said…it’s all pointing to Jesus. Understanding Jesus helps us understand the rest in light of him!

  13. Rachael says:

    It’s true: without Jesus, the Bible is just reading material. But as soon as we come into a relationship with him, God uses those scriptures to speak to our hearts. Thank you!

  14. John 5:39-40 is a great point. The Pharisees and Sadducees are probably better to be know as people of the book than us!

  15. Ann (Neethu) says:

    So blessed. Got reminded that my learning of the Scripture must be centralized on knowing and following His will; above all being transformed in His image. else all the effort goes waste.

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