Some might accuse me of discarding parts of the Bible when I say we should look to Paul’s writings to learn how to live as believers today. It’s often been said, “The Bible is all for us, but it is not all addressed to us.” This isn’t a discarding or ignoring of any part of God’s Word, it is simply taking a knowledgable approach to understanding it. If the Bible were all written to us, we should be sacrificing sheep every Saturday in Jerusalem and gathering in groups on Sunday to worship God and study His Word together. How inconsistent the Bible’s directions would be! How much more discerning it is to understand that things were different in Moses’ day than they are today, especially when we understand that the Age of Grace is a time and economy that Paul says was a mystery hidden in other ages, not even known to Moses.
We have much to learn from the Bible’s record of the time of Moses — and of Adam, Abraham, David, Jesus earthly life, and the future. It is all for our instruction. There is much in Paul’s writings that cannot be understood unless we know the whole Bible! But of all of the books of the Bible, Paul’s writings are the only ones that are meant to be obeyed by Gentiles at this point in human history. (Jews too, for God has temporarily removed the distinction between Jews and Gentiles in this age, but that’s another blog…)
A dispensational Pauline approach to the understanding of Scripture is a much stronger case for knowing the whole Bible than just “reading through the Bible in a year” indiscriminately. If we do what the Berean believers of long ago did, we will become much more knowledgable about the whole Bible and understand its necessity, continuity, and cohesiveness more deeply.
“All Scripture is given by God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” II Timothy 3:16