Truth and Scripture

The best of the Christian tradition has said that the “Word of God” is not the Bible. The Scriptures are “the constitutive and critical norm of Christian life and faith,” but the “Word of God” is that creative, life-giving power of being that became flesh and lived among us in Jesus Christ. In the story of Jesus’ temptations in Matthew’s gospel, we see the difference between the Scriptures and Truth itself, when the devil quotes Scripture as a way of testing Jesus. Even the devil can quote the Bible. The truth, the “Word of God,” is that moment when the Scriptures come alive in worship and service to God’s glory.