How to Study the Bible
Now that we’ve discussed the key to learning the bible our next process should be “How to Study the Bible”! We’ve learned that we don’t just take the Bible as though it is some ordinary book with dead words. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, The Word, is alive. These are living Words not dead words written by man. Remember, the Holy Spirit teaches us God’s Holy Word and if the Holy Spirit doesn’t dwell within you then you will never be taught or understand. The Holy Spirit is only indwells in saved people who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and believe He is God incarnate. He manifested in the flesh and sacrificed Himself for us to cleanse us of our sins. You must believe this to have the Holy Spirit in you to guide and teach you all things.
God said in Amos 8:11 – 12, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it. Romans 10:17, says, So then faith, cometh by hearing, and hearing by the world of God.
The Bible is not difficult to understand but hard to believe without the Holy Spirit being your guide and teacher for we must understand who works against us as in 2Corinthians 11:3 – 4. Remember the Holy Spirit teaches us the Bible, John 14:15 – 17 and John 16:13 – 14.
15 Factors to Study the Bible
- Context Factor: Every word, verse, chapter and book must be in proper context. Man has been taking the Bible out of context from the beginning, 2Peter 3:16 – 17. Know that all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (WHY) That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works, 2Timothy 3:16 -17. Read James 1:22 -27, 1Peter 1:18 – 25.
- People Factor: Jews, Gentiles or the Church of God, 1Corinthians 10:32.
- Time Factor: Divisions, 2Timothy 2:15, rightly dividing the word of truth and dispensation, Ephesians 1:10, God has different ways of dealing with people.
- Application Factor: All scripture has three things: historical, doctrinal – teaching, inspirational – how to apply it to our lives, 1Corinthians 10:1 – 14; Romans 15:1 – 4; Ecclesiastes 1:9 – 11; 3:15 – 16; Proverbs 21:19, 21 and Proverbs 25:19, 21 – 22, 28.
- Individual Word Factor: Pay attention to every word – John 20:29 – 31; 21:24 – 25; Proverbs 30:5 – 6. God measures every word – Revelation 22:18 – 19; Psalms 12:6 – 7; Matthew 5:18; All of Psalms 119 – the cleansing Word of God, God’s Word gives life, commitment to God and His Word, a lamp unto my feet, God’s Word gives light, the Word gives peace. The message is the Word and the Word is the message.
- Creation Factor: The invisible things of God are understood by what He made.
- Comparison Factor: Comparing scripture with scripture. It defines Itself! It is of no private interpretation, 2Peter 1:19 – 21; 1Corinthians 2.
- Consistency Factor: A consistent God, first mention meaning is throughout the bible, example is serpent equals evil, devil; Babel equals Babylon. God’s pattern is established throughout the bible.
- Literal Factor: Take a passage literally, God means what He says and says what He means, Matthew 13; Revelation 1; Ezekiel 20:49.
- Attitude Factor: Always line up what you believe with the bible. The bible is the authority.
- Clarity Factor: Some passages are hard to understand right off, Dan 12:9; 1Corinthians 15:29.
- Question Factor: Never base a doctrine on a question. Questions don’t stand alone, they are not to declare or amplify. See 1Corinthians 15:29 it equals questions; Romans 9:13 – 24; James 2:20 and look at Genesis 15:6 and Genesis 22, there were 30 years between events.
- Confirmation Factor: Don’t base doctrine on a single verse. God always confirms what He does, 2Corinthians 13:1.
- Maturity Factor: When you don’t understand a passage, don’t mess it up because sometimes we aren’t ready for it, John 16:12 – 13.
- Apparent Contradiction Factor: There are no contradictions, only apparent. God makes no mistakes, 1Corinthians 2:13 – 14; 2Kings 8:26 – 27 and 2Chronicles 22:2 – 3; 1Kings 6:1 – 38 and Acts 7:47 – 49; Isaiah 29:9 – 14 and Ezekiel 14:1 – 9.
How to Apply
Similitude: two most important words in the bible are as and like, association is an important form of teaching, Matthew 24:36 – 39; Luke 17:26 – 30; Song of Solomon 3:6; 4:2 – 3 to name a few.
Pictures: Old Testament is a picture book, Genesis 22 – John 5:45 – 47 (Jesus); Exodus 12:3 – 5 – 1Corinthians 5:7 – 8 (our Passover Lamb); Numbers 21:8 – 9 – John 3:14 – 15 (brass always associated with judgment of God.
Typology: Lamb type of Christ; serpent type of Satan, sword type of Word of God – Hebrews 4:12, Ephesians 6:17, Revelation 19:15; Egypt type of world – Isaiah 31:1; 144,000,000 Revelation 7: 1 – 8, 1Corinthians 15:5 – 6 and of course others where leprosy was a type of sin and more.
Creation: Stars symbolize Angels; trees symbolize people; raven and dove symbolize Satan and Jesus; waters symbolize voices of people.
These are just a few and there are many things in the bible that help you to study and learn the bible but the main factor is the Holy Spirit that dwells in you if you are saved, that teaches you His Holy Word. I pray that you believe that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and that He shed His blood to cleanse us of our sins and died and was resurrected on the third day and then ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God and makes intercessory prayers for those saved every day. God bless you and keep you.
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