God’s Holy Spirit Gives Us Understanding

Interpreting The Bible

1.) All Scripture is necessary, and may be understood by diligent application and study.             2 Timothy 3:15-17.

  2.) Every word must have it’s proper bearing on the subject presented in the Bible.             Matthew 5:17-18.

  3.) Scripture must be it’s own expositor (explainer), since it is a rule of itself.  If I depend on a minister or teacher to explain it to me, and they should guess at it’s meaning, or desire to have it so on account of their creed, or thought to be wise… then their guessing, desire, creed, or wisdom is my rule and not the Bible! Psalms 19:7-11; 119:97-105; Matthew 23:8-10;  1 Corinthians 2:12-16;  Ezekiel 34:18-19;  Luke 11:52;  Malachi 2:7-8.

 4.)  To understand doctrine, bring all the Scriptures together on the subject  you wish to know; then let every word have it’s proper influence, and if you can form your theory without contradiction, you CANNOT be in error. Isaiah 28:7-29; 35:8;  Proverbs 19:27;  Luke 24:27, 44-45;  James 5:19;  2 Peter 1:19-20

  5.) Nothing revealed in Scripture can or will be hid from those who ask in faith, nothing wavering. Deuteronomy 29:29;  Matthew 10:26-27;  1 Corinthians 2:10;  Philippians 3:15;  Isaiah 45:11; Matthew 21:22;  John 14:13-14; 15:7;  James 1:5-6;  1 John 5:13-15.

  6.) God has revealed things to come, by visions, in figures and parables; and in this way the same   things are often-times revealed again and again, by different visions, or in different figures and parables.  If you wish to understand them, you must combine all in one. Psalms 89:19; Hosea 12:10; Habakkuk 2:2; Acts 2:17;  1 Corinthians 10:6;  Hebrews 9:9, 24; Psalms 78:2;  Matthew 13:13, 34;  Genesis 41:1-32;  Daniel 2:7-8;  Acts 10:9-16.

 7.) Visions are always mentioned as such. 1 Corinthians 12:1

 8.) How to know when a word is used figuratively.  If it makes good sense as it stands, and does no violence to the simple laws of nature, then it must be understood literally; if not (then it must be understood) figuratively. Revelation 12:1,2; 17:3-7

 9.) Figures always have a figurative meaning, and are used much in prophecy to represent future times, and events; such as mountains… meaning governments; beasts… meaning kingdoms; waters… meaning people;  lamp… meaning Word of God; day… meaning year. Daniel 2:35, 44; 7:8, 17; Revelation 17:1, 15; Psalm 119:105; Ezekiel 4:6.

 10.) To learn the true meaning of figures, trace you figurative word through the Bible, and, where you find it explained, put it on your figure, and if it makes good sense, you need look no further; if not, look again. 

 11.) Figures sometimes have two or more different significations; as day is used in a figurative sense to represent three different periods of time.  1. indefinite.  2. definite, a day for a year.  3. day for a thousand years.     Ecclesiastes 7:14; Ezekiel 4:6; 2 Peter 3:8.

 12.)  Parables are used as comparisons to illustrate subjects, and must be explained in the same way as  figures, by the subject and Bible. Mark 4:13

 13.) To know whether we have the true historical event for the fulfillment of a prophecy…  if you find   every word of the prophecy [after the figures are understood] is literally fulfilled, then you may know that your history is the true event.  But, if one word lacks a fulfillment, then you must look for another event, or wait its future development.  For God takes care that history and prophecy agrees, so that the true, believing children of God may never be ashamed. Psalm 21:5; Isaiah 14:17-19; 1 Peter 2:6; Revelation 17:17; Acts 3:18.

 14.)  The most important rule of all is, that you must have faith.  It must be a faith that requires a sacrifice, and, if tried, would give up the dearest object on earth, the world and all its desires, character, living, occupation, friends, home, comforts, and worldly honors.  If any of these should hinder our believing any part of God’s word, it would show our faith to be vain. Nor can we believe, so long as one of these motives lies lurking in our hearts. We must believe that God will never forfeit His word.  And we can have confidence that He takes notice of the sparrow, and numbers the hairs of our head, will guard the translation of His own word, and throw a barrier around it, and prevent those who sincerely trust in God, and put implicit confidence in His word, from erring far from the truth, though they may not understand the Hebrew or Greek.

 

Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.

 God will help you understand his Word

What guides your life?

Oh, how I love your law! I think about it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, foot your commands are my constant guide. Yes, I have more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking of your decrees. I am even wiser than my elders, for I have kept your commandments. I have refused to walk on any path of evil, that I may remain obedient to your word. I haven’t turned away from your laws, for you have taught me well. How sweet are your words to my taste; they are sweeter than honey. Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life. Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.

Psalm 119:97-105 NLT

No Other Book

I have guided my life by the Bible for more than sixty years, and I tell you there is no book like it. It is a miracle of literature, a perennial spring of wisdom, a wonder of surprises, a revelation if mystery, an infallible guide of conduct, and an unspeakable source of comfort.

Pay no attention to people who discredit it, for I tell you that they speak without knowledge. It is the Word of God itself.

Study it according to its own direction. Live by its principles. Believe its message. Follow its precepts.
No man is uneducated who knows the Bible, and none is wise who is ignorant of its teachings. SAMUEL CHADWICK

Quoted by R. Kent Hughes in 1001 Great Stories and Quotes , Tyndale House Publishers (1998) pp 29-30


A Bible which is falling apart usually belongs to someone who is not. CHARLES H. SPURGEON

God did not give us the Scriptures to increase our knowledge, but to change our lives. D. L. MOODY

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

Calvary and The Tempest Storms of Life

Morning

“The place which is called Calvary.” Luke 23:33

The hill of comfort is the hill of Calvary; the house of consolation is built with the wood of the cross; the temple of heavenly blessing is founded upon the riven rock–riven by the spear which pierced his side. No scene in sacred history ever gladdens the soul like Calvary’s tragedy.

“Is it not strange, the darkest hour

That ever dawned on sinful earth,

Should touch the heart with softer power,

For comfort, than an angel’s mirth?

That to the Cross the mourner’s eye should turn,

Sooner than where the stars of Bethlehem burn?”

Light springs from the midday-midnight of Golgotha, and every herb of the field blooms sweetly beneath the shadow of the once accursed tree. In that place of thirst, grace hath dug a fountain which ever gusheth with waters pure as crystal, each drop capable of alleviating the woes of mankind. You who have had your seasons of conflict, will confess that it was not at Olivet that you ever found comfort, not on the hill of Sinai, nor on Tabor; but Gethsemane, Gabbatha, and Golgotha have been a means of comfort to you. The bitter herbs of Gethsemane have often taken away the bitters of your life; the scourge of Gabbatha has often scourged away your cares, and the groans of Calvary have put all other groans to flight. Thus Calvary yields us comfort rare and rich. We never should have known Christ’s love in all its heights and depths if he had not died; nor could we guess the Father’s deep affection if he had not given his Son to die. The common mercies we enjoy all sing of love, just as the sea-shell, when we put it to our ears, whispers of the deep sea whence it came; but if we desire to hear the ocean itself, we must not look at every-day blessings, but at the transactions of the crucifixion. He who would know love, let him retire to Calvary and see the Man of sorrows die.

Evening

“For there stood by me this night the angel of God.” Acts 27:23

Tempest and long darkness, coupled with imminent risk of shipwreck, had brought the crew of the vessel into a sad case; one man alone among them remained perfectly calm, and by his word the rest were reassured. Paul was the only man who had heart enough to say, “Sirs, be of good cheer.” There were veteran Roman legionaries on board, and brave old mariners, and yet their poor Jewish prisoner had more spirit than they all. He had a secret Friend who kept his courage up. The Lord Jesus despatched a heavenly messenger to whisper words of consolation in the ear of his faithful servant; therefore he wore a shining countenance, and spake like a man at ease.

If we fear the Lord, we may look for timely interpositions when our case is at its worst. Angels are not kept from us by storms, or hindered by darkness. Seraphs think it no humiliation to visit the poorest of the heavenly family. If angel’s visits are few and far between at ordinary times, they shall be frequent in our nights of tempest and tossing. Friends may drop from us when we are under pressure, but our intercourse with the inhabitants of the angelic world shall be more abundant; and in the strength of love-words, brought to us from the throne by the way of Jacob’s ladder, we shall be strong to do exploits. Dear reader, is this an hour of distress with you? then ask for peculiar help. Jesus is the angel of the covenant, and if his presence be now earnestly sought, it will not be denied. What that presence brings in heart-cheer those remember who, like Paul, have had the angel of God standing by them in a night of storm, when anchors would no longer hold, and rocks were nigh.

“O angel of my God, be near,

Amid the darkness hush my fear;

Loud roars the wild tempestuous sea,

Thy presence, Lord, shall comfort me.”

All rights belong to the collection of Charles Spurgeon(C)

 

Understanding God’s Word April 11, 2013

How well do you understand God’s Word?

But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds so they will understand them, and I will write them on their hearts so they will obey them. I will be their God, and they will be my people!

Hebrews 8:10 NLT

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophets themselves or because they wanted to prophesy. It was the Holy Spirit who moved the prophets to speak from God.

2 Peter 1:20-21 NLT

About this week’s promise:

How remarkable that the God of the universe would actually want to communicate with us! We are creatures of a material, physical world to which we relate through our five senses. God is a spiritual being. We in our physical state cannot see him, hear him, or touch him, so how can he communicate with us? Through the Bible.
Over several centuries, God inspired a select number of people to write down what he felt we needed to know about him and how he expects us to live. These writings have been collected into this book, called the Holy Bible. In a miraculous way, the Bible speaks to each of us. Its truths apply across generations, across cultures, across all life experience.
When it comes to reading the Bible, most of us read just enough to get by. Read God’s Word daily so you can thoroughly understand all God wants you to know.

adapted from the TouchPoint Bible with devotional commentary by Ron Beers and Gilbert Beers, Tyndale House Publishers (1996), p1296

Digging Deeper:

For Kids: Hands-on Bible (Tyndale House Publishers )

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

Understanding God’s Word

How well do you understand God’s Word?

But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds so they will understand them, and I will write them on their hearts so they will obey them. I will be their God, and they will be my people!

Hebrews 8:10 NLT

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophets themselves or because they wanted to prophesy. It was the Holy Spirit who moved the prophets to speak from God.

2 Peter 1:20-21 NLT

About this week’s promise:

How remarkable that the God of the universe would actually want to communicate with us! We are creatures of a material, physical world to which we relate through our five senses. God is a spiritual being. We in our physical state cannot see him, hear him, or touch him, so how can he communicate with us? Through the Bible.
Over several centuries, God inspired a select number of people to write down what he felt we needed to know about him and how he expects us to live. These writings have been collected into this book, called the Holy Bible. In a miraculous way, the Bible speaks to each of us. Its truths apply across generations, across cultures, across all life experience.
When it comes to reading the Bible, most of us read just enough to get by. Read God’s Word daily so you can thoroughly understand all God wants you to know.

adapted from the TouchPoint Bible with devotional commentary by Ron Beers and Gilbert Beers, Tyndale House Publishers (1996), p1296

Digging Deeper:

For Kids: Hands-on Bible (Tyndale House Publishers )

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House