I have heard this phrase used so many times as endorsement of reading and searching the Scriptures for they teach what Jesus taught and teach about Jesus. That is true, of course. But when I was reading the Gospel of John straight through - not skipping around to favorite chapters and verses - I realized that Jesus was speaking satirically to "the Jews" who did not believe in Him. Joh 5:39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, Joh 5:40 yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. Joh 5:41 I do not receive glory from people. Joh 5:42 But I know that you do not have the love of God within you. Here they are searching the Scriptures for some sign of the Messiah yet to come, yet they did not recognized Him as he stood right in front of their eyes! What I ask myself is this, will I refuse to help someone, pray with someone, or co-operate with someone simply because they don't conform to my ideas or convictions about correct doctrine or what the Bible says about the Messiah? Or will I see the face of Christ in others who are standing right in front of me and love them as He commands? It's a lifelong challenge for the believer to love as Christ loves, and something I fail at regularly. But there is still that goal and that command to love.