Lately my wife and I have been having many conversations regarding something I’ve been reading from Witness Lee and Watchman Nee’s Basic Elements of the Christian Life and over at Holding To Truth regarding going to the Bible not just for study, knowledge or memorization, but for nourishment. This has really been revolutionizing the way I see the Word. Here is a passage from volume 3 of The Basic Elements of the Christian Life that really points this this picture well.
“It [the Bible] does not say that we know this aspect or that aspect about the Lord, but that we taste the Lord. When we drink the milk of the Word, we are actually tasting the Lord. Therefore, the way or us to taste the Lord is simply by drinking the milk of the Word. The Word is not only for us to study or learn, but even more for us to taste. The way the Lord nourishes His body is by His Word. If we desire to enjoy the Lord and be nourished by the Lord, we must come to the Word to taste the Lord.
However, the concept which most of us have of the Bible is that it is a kind of teaching, a book full of doctrines. Thus, we come to the Word with the intention of understanding and knowing something. In all our Christian life, how much of the Word have we taken in as food for our spirit? We must answer honestly that most of us have taken in very little. We must not come to the Bible only to learn and to understand. The Bible is not the tree of knowledge; it is the tree of life! If we take the Word of God as the tree of knowledge, we misuse the Bible because 2 Corinthians 3:6 tells us that the letter kills. We must never take the Bible as a book of letters, but a book of life.
All Christians know that the function of the Word of God is to reveal God to us. Although this is true, this is not its main function. The main function of the Bible is to impart God into us as life and as the nourishment of life. It is not only to give us knowledge about God and His live, but to impart God Himself into us.”