If the Bible is simultaneously fully human and fully divine, we must honor this double nature equally and receive this mystery as a gift.
Then we must accept, learn, and account for the human elements of God’s communication to us – language, culture, history, and literature. These human-shaped writings are simultaneously enveloped with God’s presence, and they will impart that presence by giving us his word.
We can be assured that even though the words on the page were written by people, they are inspired by God and thus express his intentions for us, reveal our salvation, guide our living, and give birth to our hope.
Reading well will mean expecting God to speak, anticipating that the Spirit who first breathed these books will be active in and through them again, for us, now.