Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr., rector of theology and professor of apologetics at Reformation Bible College, taught from Psalm 1 at RBC’s chapel recently. As he often does, he started with the R.C. Sproul Jr. Principle of Hermeneutics, which teaches that when you see someone sinning in the Bible, don’t consider how you are better than they are; instead, consider how you are just like them. When we fail to do this, we can tend to look at the people in the Bible and laugh while failing to recognize ourselves in their stories. “The whole purpose of the Bible is to act like a mirror, to see ourselves,” he said.
As Christians of the Reformed tradition, we like to think that we are the smart ones; that we are the brain of the body and not the heart. But, Dr. Sproul explained, “Our problem is not that we think we are more pious than God; our problem is that we think we are smarter than God.” Do we meditate on God’s law day and night like the righteous man in Psalm 1? No, we do not: “We don’t delight in His law because it shows us who we are.”
Dr. Sproul encouraged the students not to be afraid to let the Word show them their sin, because no matter how bad and ugly are sin is, the grace of God is more powerful still. The people of the Bible are like us after all: filled with the need for God’s grace.