For a few weeks now, I have been reading through Eugene Peterson’s second volume of his five-volume ‘conversation’ series. It’s called Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading.
Peterson shares these thoughts with regards to God’s revelation and the Bible:
We begin at the beginning. We call this book “revelation,” God revealing himself and his ways to us, not so much telling us something, but showing himself. Books have authors. However we conceive the words to have gotten written on the pages of our Bibles, the Christian church has always held that God is somehow or other responsible for this book in a revelatory way, in contrast to a merely informational way. The authority of the Bible is immediately derived from the authorial presence of God. In other words, this is not an impersonal authority, an assemblage of facts or truths. This is not the bookish authority that we associate with legislation codified in a law library, or the factual authority of a textbook on mathematics. This is revelation, personally revealed – letting us in on something, telling us person to person what it means to live our lives as men and women created in the image of God. (p24)
The words, this whole word of Scripture, is alive and active by the Spirit. I can understand why we are called to ‘eat this book’.