How to Study Part 1by Roy Burger on 06/23/15
How to study the Bible Part. I will list part two tomorrow.
The following "Golden Rule of Interpretation" was written by Miles Coverdale in the 16th century. He was as William Tyndale being pioneers in translating the Bible into English. "It shall greatly help you to understand Scripture if you mark not only what is spoken or written but of whom, and by whom, with what words, where, at what time, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering what goes before and what follows." Here are some scriptures relating to studying the Bible. 2 Timothy 2:"15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth". Even though many of us read the Bible, we really don't study. We use Critical thinking to increase revenue within a business. We use critical thinking to make our jobs easier but we do not use critical thinking when it comes to our salvation. We just believe what we hear without really ever studying the Bible. We need to STUDY to show ourselves APPROVED unto God so we can RIGHTLY DIVIDE the word. Who knows John 3:16? "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Most of us can repeat this because we know it from heart. How many know John 3:17? "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved" The number will drop quite abit but there are a number of us who will know John 3:17. How many believe that John 3:16 is the plan of salvation? If you are the ones that say yes, Is Death and resurrection not important? Let us go to Luke 18: "31 Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. 32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: 33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.
Here Jesus is telling the twelve about the death and resurrection and how many of the twelve understood. Let us look at Luke 18: "34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken" It says they understood none of it. . How can the apostles teach the plan of salvation if they don’t understand the plan of Salvation? The plan of salvation is found in Paul’s epistles. Roman 2: 16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. Paul refers to the plan of Salvation as his gospel. We can compare that to Roman 16: 25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 2 Corinthians 4: 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: Paul now refers to it as our gospel and he is traveling with a partner name Silas or Silvanus. Thessalonians 1: 5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. Here Paul is traveling with Barnabas and he refers to it as our gospel. 2 Thessalonians 2: 14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ . 2 Timothy 2: 8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: Here Paul refers to as his Gospel. Let us see where Paul received this gospel that he calls his. Galatian 1: 6" I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. 13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 14 And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, 16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: 17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. 18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. 19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother. Here Paul states that when he became converted, he didn’t go to the twelve or anyone who was flesh and blood but He went to Arabia where he stayed 3 years and returned unto Damascus. He received the knowledge of grace directly from Jesus Christ while he was in Arabia. The plan of salvation is not found in the four gospel but in the epistles of Paul.