From 1952 until 2008 Paul Harvey, a radio broadcaster and commentator, hosted a program called, “THE REST OF THE STORY.” He usually chose a well-known person or event that was familiar to nearly everyone and then wove a fascinating tale with little-known facts and finished with a surprise twist. He always signed off by saying, “And now you know the rest of the story.” Movies, TV and novels today often start with the circumstances or history of the main plot by outlining the background context of the events or narrative of what is about to happen. This has been named backstory.
If Christians today really want to know the rest of the story, they will become Biblical researchers like the Bereans. ( Acts 17:11) They would be a news editor’s dream reporters because they not only would search for the---Who?, What?, Where?, When?, and How?, of a situation, but also the Why? The backstory!
Several years ago someone decided to publish a Bible with all the words spoken by Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry highlighted with red ink. Far too many people believed these were all that mattered or needed to be obeyed. Let’s explore the “rest of the story.” We know that men such as Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Paul wrote most of the New Testament. However, the true authorship was by the Holy Spirit. ( Eph 3: 4-5) ( 2 Pe 1: 20-21) Which words did the Holy Spirit inspire? Were they only the red-lettered ones? Jesus said to the apostles that the Holy Spirit would teach them ALL things and would remind them of EVERYTHING He had said to them. The Holy Spirit would testify about Jesus ( Jo 15:26) and guide the apostles into ALL truth, ( Jo 16:13) speaking not on His own , but taking from Jesus what is His and making it known to them. ( v 13-15) Maybe all that the Holy Spirit inspired should also be written in red?
It might seem as if that is all the story, but Jesus himself said, “ …These words that you hear are not my own, they belong to the Father who sent me.” ( Jo 14: 24) The Spirit also searches the deep things of the Father and knows His thoughts which He then reveals to Christians. ( 1 Cor 2:10-14) Could we not say then that the words we read in the Bible ( in both read and black ink) are the words of the Godhead? Isn’t that why we call the Bible, THE WORD OF GOD? We now have the backstory and the REST OF THE STORY.
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