“Jesus was sacrilegious with scripture. People in those days were just like us. They loved the scriptures. They studied it. They rewrote it. They took great pains to know as much as they could possibly know about the scriptures. And Jesus sat with those that knew the most, probably people like us – religious leaders. And he said, look you guys searched the scriptures and you’re hoping to find eternal life in the scriptures. They keep pointing back at me and the more you read it, the more you study, the more you seem to just miss me.
It raises the question, “Does our knowledge of scripture help us to be incarnational?” Maybe not! Maybe we find that the more scripture you know without actually living it, the more you actually pull away from incarnational living, the more you actually become a judge – a Pharisee without knowing it. And so Jesus, even in 1 John, He brings up a crazy concept that you really essentially only know what you obey. You only know what you do. Those of you that claim to be in Him, but don’t obey what you hear, He says actually you’re liars. You just know stuff. You don’t live it.”
1 John 2:3 says, “We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands. The man who says, ‘I know Him,’ but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in Him. But if anyone obeys His word, God’s love is truly made complete in Him. This is how we know we are in Him. Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.” (NIV)