Oct 2017 Issue

  • Salvation and the Senses

Erasmus of Rotterdam, a Renaissance humanist, theologian, and teacher, instructed his students on the art of reading. In Philosophia Christi he advised against reading about literature, but instead encouraged going ad fontes—to the source. To him, the source of knowing Christ was reading the Bible, where “even now [Christ] lives, breathes and speaks to us, more forcefully than when he lived among men.” How should we read it? The same way we love Christ Himself, with our whole being—mind, heart, emotions, and senses: “Immerse ourselves in it, embrace it, practice it night and day, kiss it greedily and die in it after we have been transformed into it.”

This month in Today in the Word, we’ll see how Scripture uses all the senses to refer to different aspects of our salvation. As we study what the Bible says about the gospel and our senses, we’ll learn how to love Christ more deeply; how to see, hear, and touch Him through His Word; and yes, how to kiss His living Word. We’ll join the psalmist to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8). And we’ll rejoice in His salvation!

Thank you for using this devotional guide for your personal study of the Bible. It is our prayer that your love for Jesus will grow stronger as you walk with Him. Thank you for supporting the ministry of Today in the Word and helping others know the joy of Christ’s salvation.

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