This post was written by Justin Gaynor in response to a post I wrote entitled... "Love Over the Bible". Justin is a good friend of mine and hopefully he will be doing more guest post in the future. Enjoy!
Love definitely trumps scripture. God is Love and the only thing special about scripture is that the sovereign God has elected to exercise His authority through it. The same can be said of His people, albeit in different, but complimentary ways. To not acknowledge that is to make scripture an idol...as much an idle as the temple was or any other man made thing. Do that too much and He'd probably set fire to it Himself.
Paul never gave scripture that much emphasis, he acknowledged that scripture was useful, that God breathes life through it. But it never had the importance placed on it that it has had since the reformation...tell people they can't have something and it becomes the most important thing ever...especially if its being used to control and manipulate, everyone wants to be on the right side of that equation. We're sinful. As it stands though, the Way of Life Jesus calls us to will always find its guiding doctrines (common life)centered and grounded in the life and teachings of Jesus...which are recorded for us (thank God)in the Holy Scriptures from Gen to Rev...to be read, understood and applied in the Power of the Holy Spirit, within a community, listening to one another, weighing it carefully,keeping what is good, and holy that all may be instructed, encouraged and built up in obedient, sacrificial love.
Also, I think it's important not to lump the whole of scripture up with the law in ordinances. And if we are to reflect on the law in ordinances, to pray God reveal the Spirit behind them...rather than the letter. Then perhaps we will be using the law lawfully, God willing.