Scriptures, role of
The very Scriptures which had been given to guide them to Christ they used as a veil to blind themselves to His presence. Jesus points out where their mistake lay. “You search the Scriptures, because you suppose in them, a mere book, you have eternal life; the truth being that life is in Me. The Scriptures do not give life, they lead to the Life-giver. The Scriptures, by your superstitiously reverent and shallow use of them, actually prevent you from finding the life they were meant to point you to. You think you have life in them, and therefore will not come to Me.”
Marcus Dods, commenting on John 5:39-40 in The Expositor’s Bible: (ed. by W. Robertson Nicoll) The Gospel of John (New York: A.C. Armstrong and Son) 1894, p. 202-203.
It is possible to have a great zeal for the Bible and yet quite to misapprehend its object; and to misapprehend its object is to make it both useless and dangerous. To set it on a level with Christ is to do both it, Him, and ourselves the gravest injustice. Many who seem to exalt the Scriptures degrade them; and those who give them a subordinate place truly exalt them. God speaks in Scripture…,but He speaks for a definite purpose, to reveal Christ.
Marcus Dods, commenting on John 5:39-40 in The Expositor’s Bible: (ed. by W. Robertson Nicoll) The Gospel of John (New York: A.C. Armstrong and Son), 1894, p. 203.