Some people think that the Bible is so difficult to understand that they are afraid to even try. Others wonder why, if the Bible really can be understood, there are so many different churches, all claiming to believe the Bible yet teaching different concepts. The reason for so many different beliefs is that they have not studied it the way God has instructed them to.
God has told us how to understand the Bible. If, we will just follow the method He has outlined, we can know exactly what it means. We can know truth! We can have eternal life! In this lesson we will learn how God shows us to study the Bible.
1. What claim does the Bible make about itself? 2 Tim. 3:16 [Note: Faith in the Bible as the inspired Word of God is developed by studying it. In these lessons we will witness how the Bible accurately reveals future events, and we will experience how it meets the needs of every human being. The furtherstudy verse is 2 Peter 1:20,21 ]
2. Why were God's people in ancient times destroyed? Hosea 4:6 [Isa. 5:13]
3. What portion of God's Word is needed for real spiritual life? Matt. 4:4 [Deut. 8:3]
4. What did Jesus say was the basic theme of the Scriptures? John 5:39 [Note: The only part of the Bible written at this time was the Old Testament. [Luke 24:44]
5. What did Jesus call those who do not believe all that the Bible says? Luke 24:25 [Matt. 22:29]
6. Why did Paul commend the Bereans? Acts 17:10, 11 [2 Tim.2:15;2Chron.20:20]
Thus, as we have just seen, if we are going to understand the Bible we must recognize that all of it is important and none of it is to be neglected. If we will study the whole Bible exactly as God instructs us to, we will find the truth. Even children and those who are poorly educated can understand it. God gives us six principles for studying the Bible correctly. Let us look at these six principles.
7. What is first principle that God sets forth for understanding the Bible? Matt. 11:25 [Ans: We must be humble and teachable. 1 Cor. 1:21,26-31]
8. What is the second principle that God gives for understanding the Bible? Isa. 28:9,10 [Ans: We must let the Bible interpret itself by comparing Scripture with Scripture. We should study everything the Bible says on a subject to make sure we are not misinterpreting a given passage. 1 Cor. 2:13; Luke 24:27,44]
9. What is the third principle for understanding the Bible? 1 Cor. 2:7,10-14 [Ans: We must ask that the Holy Spirit guide us. John 16:13]
10. What is the fourth principle God sets forth for understanding the Bible? 2 Thess. 2:9-12 [Ans: We must really want to know truth. Some people are looking for excuses not to believe the truth. If they look hard enough, God will allow them to be deceived, but they will still be lost! Heb. 4:12; Rom. 1:28]
11. What is the fifth principle God gives for understanding the Bible? Jer. 29:13 [Ans: We must really search for truth. Even if we have all the true principles for studying the Bible, if we do not spend sufficient time studying, we still will not find God's truth for today. Matt. 13:45,46; Isa. 44:3; Matt. 5:6]
12. What is the sixth principle for understanding the Bible? John 8:31,32 [Ans: We must follow what we already know to be truth. Why should God reveal more truth to us if we are not following what He has already revealed to us? [John 7:17; Matt.l3:12; 7:24-27]
Commitment: Is it your desire to let Jesus teach you truth through His Word? Will you endeavor to study His Word every day in the way God has told us to study it?
My response to Christ is_________________.
Marshall J. Grosboll is the author of this series of Bible Studies.