“Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Remember this song? This is a song I remember all too well as I grew up immersed in Christian culture. After what seemed about the millionth time I had listened to this song, I turned a deaf ear to it every time I heard it. It was like a broken record that I heard over and over again whenever I stepped foot in a church. This song became nothing more to me than a time to effortlessly say the words “Jesus loves me” over and over.
I am currently a student at Multnomah University. At Multnomah we emphasize the necessity of knowing the Bible and theology. When I first arrived at this school my knowledge of God and of the Bible was very limited. Now that I have been here a few years, let me share with you some cool words I have learned: “Pneumatology,” “Eschatology,” “Soteriology,” “Dispensationalists,” “Anthropomorphism,” “Hypostatic union,” “Hermeneutics,” “Innerancy.”
These terms are very fun to learn because once you know them you can go around showing people how smart you are. Sometimes it is fun to walk up to some of your friends and say something like, “Hey friend, my belief in the innerancy of Scripture has helped me in my hermeneutics, thus helping me grasp the concept of the hypostatic union much better.” Wow! Doesn’t that sound awesome?!
As I read and study the Bible more and more, my knowledge of God grows. I learn new words like “Anthropomorphism,” memorize new verses like Romans 12:1-2, and overall grow in my understanding of who God is. When I take a step back and observe all I have learned I am blown away by one simple, yet profound truth that has changed my life. Jesus loves me.
Romans 5:8 says, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” In the midst of all the newly acquired knowledge I gain each day, I am always brought back to the truth that the Savior of the world loves me. It is cool learning about theology and Scripture, but what is even better is being reminded of this truth. In the end, no matter how much theology I know, no matter how much Scripture I memorize, and no matter how many smart-sounding words I can pronounce, I am always brought back to the profound, yet simple truth that “Jesus loves me! Yes Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.”