Talking and acting as if the Bible is God’s only and highest self-revelation is completely “unbiblical,” even when considered in biblicist terms. God’s truest, highest, most important, most authoritative, and most compelling self-revelation is the God/Man Jesus Christ. It is Jesus Christ—and not the Bible—who is “the image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15). It was in Jesus Christ that “God was pleased to have all of his fullness dwell” (Col. 1:19).
As C. S. Lewis wrote, “It is Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true Word of God. The Bible, read in the right spirit, and with the guidance of good teachers, will bring us to Him.” Such a view of scripture is rooted in the earliest church. For instance, the first-century church father Ignatius of Antioch, in answering those who said they can believe about the gospel only what they can find in the Old Testament scriptures, claimed in response that the “records” that really matter are not written texts but “Jesus Christ. For me, the sacrosanct records are the cross and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the faith that comes through him.”
If we want to know anything authentic about who and what God is, that is revealed to us in Jesus Christ.If we want to know the message that God truly and reliably speaks to us, we need to look to Jesus Christ. The evangelion, the gospel, is not simply some cognitive information gleaned from the Bible to which we have to give intellectual assent. Jesus Christ himself is the gospel.
-Christian Smith, Bible Made Impossible, The: Moving from Biblicism to a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture