The written word is critical. It identifies the Living Word.
It is the Living Word Whom we are to know.
The written word tells what God said and did in the past [and is prophetic].
But, what is He saying to you and doing in you today?
He can, of course, use the written word to communicate with you, but do you know Him in your spirit?
Do you know Him or only know things about Him?
If you don’t know Him, you’ve missed the point of the written word. You’ve missed a relationship with Him!
” (37) The Father Himself, Who has sent Me, has borne witness of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His shape. (38) And you do not have His word remaining in you, for you do not believe Him Whom He has sent. (39) You search the scriptures, thinking that in them you have eternal life. But, the scriptures testify of Me, (40) And you will not come to Me, that you might have life.” John 5:37-40
“(14) I Am the Good Shepherd, and know My sheep, and am known by them.
(27) My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me:” John 10:14, 27
“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded to them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself.” Luke 24:27
The Word is all about Him!
The Bible is not the Fourth Person of the Godhead – it solely points to Christ, our risen, living Lord Who lives in us!
A related post is ‘Which Test Does God Give?‘