Rightly divide God’s Word and know who is being addressed and spoken to. We can’t try to make the Bible fit us if it wasn’t addressed to us. There are three groups in the Bible being addressed, the Jews, Gentiles and Church.
If you are a Jew and are still waiting for the Messiah the Old Testament through the Gospels and Acts is addressed to you.
If you are a Jew or Gentile and believe in Jesus Christ then you are the Church and Acts from Acts 9 through Philemon is addressed to you for if you believe in Jesus Christ, there is neither Jew nor Gentile.
If you are a Gentile and don’t believe in Jesus Christ then you need to read Revelation to see what happens to you because if you don’t repent and accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you will end up in the Lake of Fire with hell, death, the beast (Anti Christ), false prophet, Satan and all the Jews and Gentiles that don’t accept Him and thus not written in the Book of Life.
The Book of Revelation addresses everyone, meaning the Jews, Gentiles and Church.
In reality there are only two types of people in the world, the Believer and the Non Believer. Which category do you fit in?
Old Testament (To the Jews but Inspirational for everyone)
Genesis – Describes the creation; gives the history of the old world, and of the steps taken by God toward the formation of theocracy.
Exodus – The history of Israel’s departure from Egypt; the giving of the law; the tabernacle
Leviticus – The ceremonial law.
Numbers – The census of the people; the story of the wanderings in the wilderness.
Deuteronomy – The law rehearsed; the death of Moses.
Joshua – The story of the conquest and partition of Canaan
Judges – The history of the nation from Joshua to Samson
Ruth – The story of the ancestors of the royal family of Judah
1 Samuel – The story of the nation during the judgeship of Samuel and the reign of Saul
2 Samuel – Story of the reign of David
1st and 2nd Kings – The books of Kings form only one book in the Hebrew MSS. They contain the history of the nation from David’s death and Solomon’s accession to the destruction of the kingdom of Judah and the desolation of Jerusalem, with a supplemental notice of the liberation of Jehoiachin from his prison at Babylon, twenty-six years later; they comprehend the whole time of the Israelitish monarchy, exclusive of the reigns of Saul and David
1st and 2nd Chronicles – are so called as being the record made by the appointed historiographers of the kingdoms of Judah and Israel; they are the official histories of those kingdoms
Ezra – The story of the return of the Jews from the Babylonish captivity, and of the rebuilding of the temple
Nehemiah – A further account of the rebuilding of the temple and city, and of the obstacles encountered and overcome
Esther – The story of a Jewess who becomes queen of Persia and saves the Jewish people from destruction
Job – The story of the trials and patience of a holy man of Edom
Psalms – A collection of sacred poems intended for use in the worship of Jehovah (Lord), chiefly the productions of David
Proverbs – The wise sayings of Solomon
Ecclesiastes – A poem respecting the vanity of earthly things
Song of Solomon – An allegory relating to the church
Isaiah – Prophecies respecting Christ and his kingdom
Jeremiah – Prophecies announcing the captivity of Judah, its sufferings, and the final overthrow of its enemies
Lamentations – The utterance of Jeremiah’s sorrow upon the capture of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple
Ezekiel – Messages of warning and comfort to the Jews in their captivity
Daniel – A narrative of some of the occurrences of the captivity, and a series of prophecies concerning Christ
Hosea – Prophecies relating to Christ and the latter days
Joel – Prediction of woes upon Judah and of the favor with which God will receive the penitent people
Amos – Prediction that Israel and other neighboring nations will be punished by conquerors from the north, and of the fulfillment of the Messiah’s kingdom
Obadiah – Prediction of the desolation of Edom
Jonah – Prophecies relating to Nineveh
Micah – Predictions relating to the invasions of Shalmaneser and Sennacherib, the Babylonish captivity, the establishment of a theocratic kingdom in Jerusalem, and the birth of the Messiah in Bethlehem
Nahum – Prediction of the downfall of Assyria
Habakkuk – A prediction of the doom of the Chaldeans
Zephaniah – A prediction of the overthrow of Judah for its idolatry and wickedness
Haggai – Prophecies concerning the rebuilding of the temple
Zechariah – Prophecies relating to the rebuilding of the temple and the Messiah
Malachi – Prophecies relating to the calling of the Gentiles and the coming of Christ
New Testament (for the Jews, Church and Gentiles)
Jesus came to preach to the Jews (lost sheep of the 12 Tribes ONLY) not the Gentiles and Samaritans. When Jesus sent out the 12 Disciples he sent them to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, Matthew 10:6 – 42. Jesus answers the Caananite woman in Matthew 15:24 – 28. We see Jesus did come for the Gentiles nor had his Disciples preach to the Gentiles until He converted Paul to preach to the Gentiles.
Gospel of Matthew – A brief history of the life of Christ
Gospel of Mark – A brief history of the life of Christ, supplying some incidents omitted by Matthew
Gospel of Luke – The history of the life of Christ, with special reference to his most important acts and discourses
Gospel of John – The life of Christ, giving important discourses not related by the other evangelists
Acts of the Apostles – The history of the labors of the apostles and of the foundation of the Christian Church (Acts 9 – Paul is converted by the Ascended Jesus Christ and begins preaching the Gospel to Gentiles) (Acts 10 – Peter told by Jesus from heaven to go preach to Cornelius (Gentile) at his house and the Holy Ghost fell on them all)
Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles (He starts ministering in Acts 13:42)
Romans – A treatise by Paul on the doctrine of justification by Christ
1st Corinthians – A letter from Paul to the Corinthians, correcting errors into which they had fallen
2nd Corinthians – Paul confirms his disciples in their faith, and vindicates his own character
Galatians – Paul maintains that we are justified by faith, and not by rites (law)
Ephesians – A treatise by Paul on the power of divine grace
Philippians – Paul sets forth the beauty of Christian kindness
Colossians – Paul warns his disciples against errors, and exhorts to certain duties
1st Thessalonians – Paul exhorts his disciples to continue in the faith and in holy conversation
2nd Thessalonians – Paul corrects an error concerning the speedy coming of Christ the second time
1st Timothy – Paul instructs Timothy in the duty of a pastor, and encourages him in the work of the ministry
2nd Timothy – Paul realizes his end is near and encourages Timothy to continue in his ministry and carry on the work faithfully as a good workman that has no need to be ashamed.
Titus – Paul encourages Titus in the performance of his ministerial duties
Philemon – An appeal to a converted master to receive a converted escaped slave with kindness
Addressed to the Jews but Inspirational for everyone
Hebrews – Paul maintains that Christ is the substance of the ceremonial law (to Jews)
James. A treatise on the efficacy of faith united with good works (for Jews)
1st and 2nd Peter – Exhortations to a Christian life, with various warnings and predictions (for Jews)
1st John – Respecting the person of our Lord, and an exhortation to Christian love and conduct (for Jews)
2nd John – John warns a converted lady against false teachers (amongst the Jews)
3rd John – A letter to Gaius, praising him for his hospitality
Jude – Warnings against deceivers (amongst the Jews)
For the Church, Jews and Non Believers
Revelation – The future of the Jews, Gentiles (non believers), Church, End Times and eternal damnation for those not written in the Book of Life and eternal life with God and Jesus for those written in the Book of Life foretold
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.
My mission is to show God’s Truths from His Holy Word! I pray that I can glorify God through Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour by helping others understand His Word and develope a desire in their hearts to know Him. You will see that the words won’t be entirely mine but Gods truths from His gospel. I will only be providing information from the King James Version because It is His infallible Word. I will show this in later postings when we do some comparisons and show that there are only two lines from which bibles come from and who the authors are.
I chose the name “Non Lukewarm” Ministries from Revelations 3:14 – 22 because we are in the last church age, Laodicean, where in verse 14 Christ tells us because we are neither lukewarm and neither cold or hot, He will spit or vomit us out of His mouth. Imagine that, so disgusting are we to spit or vomit us out of His mouth. The reason will be aparent as we study and learn together. First we think we don’t need anything because we are so materialistic and just have on the Helmet of Salvation meaning knowledge but not God’s Full Armour! Jesus is outside knocking on the door for us to open the door so He can come in and dine with us. He’s not even in our churches today because of wrong doctrine being taught by false teachers, preachers and so called prophets blindly leading sheep to hell instead of God’s Kingdom. Jesus warns us of all the things that are happening in the present time in Matthew 24 with His warnings of the ‘end of the world’. In verse 24 He tells us many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. He goes on to tell us in verse 24 that these false Christs and prophets will show great signs and wonders inso much that, if possible, they shall even deceive the very elect or believers. This is why in my heart I want to help others that fear God that are doing their part to teach right doctrine to help those underneath those working for Satan to come out from among them in 2Corinthians 6:17.
With God’s Word we will learn together sound doctrine, expose false teachers, preachers and prophets, God’s bible and Satan’s line of bibles, bible context meaning who is being spoken to thus rightly dividing the Word of Truth and to expose what man calls ‘Religion” because God is not religion or about religion. That is man’s creation! Jesus said in Matthew 6:24 no man can serve two masters, we can’t serve God and riches, we can’t love God and love the world. Jesus didn’t come into the world to save the world He came to save sinners as said in 1Timothy 1:15. Jesus came to cause division stated in Luke 12:51 – 53.
It is my prayer that God’s Holy Spirit will touch all who read and study with me from His Holy Word the Gospel of Jesus Christ and He fills them with His wisdom, knowledge and understanding to draw you to Him.
- A Summary of the Contents of Each Book of the Bible
- Divisions in the Word of Truth
- What it Means to Rightly Divide the Scriptures
- Why Is There Confusion Over Doctrine
- Who are We?
- Many Called but Few Chosen
- False Preachers, Teachers and Prophets
- Is Religion Spiritual or of God?
- How to Study the Bible
- Key to Learning the Bible
- All Bibles are the Same aren’t They?
- Non Lukewarm Ministries