Understand the Bible
Approval of Personal Study
did Christ say concerning the study of the
diligently study the Scriptures because you think
that by them you possess eternal life. These are
the Scriptures that testify about me.
Christ refers here to the Old Testament
Scriptures, the Bible of His day.
However, His statement is equally true of the New
Testament. The same is generally true of the term
scriptures throughout the New
what were the Bereans commended?
the Bereans were of more noble character than the
Thessalonians, for they received the message with
great eagerness and explained the Scriptures
every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts
If Gods Word were studied as
it should be, says a modern Bible student,
men would have breadth of mind, a nobility
of character, and a stability of purpose that is
rarely seen in these times. But there is little
profit derived from a hasty reading of the
Scriptures. One may read the whole Bible through,
and yet fail to see its beauty or comprehend its
deep and hidden meaning. One passage studied
until its significance is clear to the mind, and
its relation to the plan of salvation is evident,
is of more value than the perusal of many
chapters with no definite purpose in view and no
positive instruction gained.
Easy and More
what comparison is it indicated that some
portions of Gods Word are more difficult to
understand than others?
fact, though by this time you ought to be
teachers, you need someone to teach you the
elementary truths of Gods word all over
again. You need milk, not solid food.
In what way is
this comparison further explained?
who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not
acquainted with the teachings of righteousness.
But solid food is for the mature, who by constant
use have trained themselves to distinguish good
from evil. Hebrews 5: 13,14.
writings are specifically mentioned as containing
some things difficult to understand?
in mind that out Lords patience means
salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also
wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He
writes the same way in all his letters, speaking
in them of these matters. His letters contain
some things that are hard to understand, which
ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do
the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
2 Peter 3:15,16.
Some scriptures are too plain to be
misunderstood, while the meaning of others cannot
so readily be discerned. To obtain a
comprehensive knowledge of any Bible truth,
scripture must be compared with scripture, and
there should be careful research and
prayful reflection. But all such study will
be richly rewarded
did Christ say concerning the Book of Daniel?
when you see standing in the holy place the
abomination that causes desolation, spoken of
through the prophet Daniel let the reader
understand. Matthew 24:15.
book of the Bible especially commended for our
is the one who reads the words of this prophecy,
and blessed are those who hear it and take to
heart what is written in it, because the time is
near. Revelation 1:3.
The Spirit of
God and the Bible
Who alone comprehends the
things of God?
For who among men knows the thoughts of a man
except the mans spirit within him? In the
same way no one knows the thoughts of God except
the Spirit of God.
does the Spirit search out the hidden treasures
God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The
Spirit searches all things, even the deep things
of God. Verse 10.
What is one
purpose for which the Holy Spirit was sent?
the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father
will send in my name, will teach you all things
and will remind you of everything I have said to
Why cannot man
receive the things of the Spirit?
man without the Spirit does not accept the things
that come from the Spirit of God, for they are
foolishness to him, and he cannot understand
them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 2:14.
Prayer in Bible Study
enlightenment should everyone pray?
Open my eyes that I
may see wonderful things in your law. Psalm
gift did the Apostle Paul pray?
keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the
Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may
know him better. Ephesians 1:17.
conditions is an understanding of divine things
if you call out for insight and cry aloud for
understanding, and if you look for it like silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure, then
you will understand the fear of the Lord and find
the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:3-5.
Condition for Light
promised him who wills to do Gods will?
they know that everything you have given me comes
from you. John 17:7.
It is proper to repeat again and again the
eternal truth that if any man searches the
Word of God for light, with a heart fully
submitted to do the will of God as it is revealed
to him, that man will receive light. It is the
seed of the Word of God that falls into an honest
heart that brings forth fruit unto
everlasting life. (Luke 8:11-15.)
When asked by
the rich man the conditions of eternal life, what
did Jesus reply!
What is written in the
do you read it. Luke 10:26.
The Jews of the Christs day called
the first five books of the Bible, which were
written by Moses, the law.
Sincere Bible Study
What are the
Scriptures able to do for one who believes them?
how from infancy you have known the Holy
Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for
salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 2
blessing did Christ confer upon His disciples
after His resurrection?
Then he opened their
minds so that they could understand the
Scriptures. Luke 24:45.
did Christ reprove those who, though familiar
with the letter of the Scriptures, failed to
Jesus replied, You are in error because
you do not know the Scriptures or the power of
God. Matthew 22:29.
Whom did Jesus
rather are those who hear the word of God and