…But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18 (NKJV)

As we embrace the new year, we may each have different resolutions, hopes and prayer requests, but the most important thing is for God to be glorified in every aspect of our lives. Our pursuits should not be for the applause of the world, but for the glory of God.

Scripture foretold that Jesus would come to earth to fight our ultimate battle (Numbers 24:17), and in winning that battle over death on our behalf, His victory extends to all our circumstances. This gives us hope to face the year ahead victoriously. Whatever tumultuous situation we may experience, Jesus extends His victory to us. Therefore, it is important for us to study the Word, so that we grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus, and experience growth in life. As we study the Bible more this year, there are five things we need to understand:

a. We must seek to understand Scripture in context, and its application in our current times (Numbers 24:17). Note that God is not limited by time or space (Isaiah 57:15), because while we live in finite times, God is eternal and lives outside of time.
b. All Scripture must be interpreted through Christ, for the experience of grace and of growth are in Christ.
c. The Holy Spirit is the interpreter of Scripture (1 Corinthians 2:13), and He is the One who teaches us.
d. The theme that connects the entire Bible is the theme of life. The Bible tells us that the light of Jesus represents life (John 1:4), and the Holy Spirit will teach us more about this life that Jesus spoke about (John 10:10).
e. Our lives are all about the ultimate purpose of God, for Christianity is not about us but about God. It was God Who loved us and set the ball rolling for our redemption, long before we knew we needed Him.

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