Why do we need Bible knowledge and understanding?
...Because man cannot live by bread alone, Matthew 4:4;
...because the words are Spirit and life, John 6:63;
...so we will not reject the words of Jesus, John 12:48, Rev.20:12;
...so we know to accept God’s Word and be completely equipped
(furnished) to every good work of God and man, II Timothy 3:14-17.
CAN understand your Bible (John 8:31-32; Acts 17:11; Ephesians 3:3-5;
II Timothy 2:15). However, realize the difference between Bible
“reading” and Bible “study.” DO BOTH! Meditate on your reading and
study (Psalm 1:2; Philippians 4:8-9; I Timothy 4:13–15).
Learn to “rightly divide” God's word. All God's word is true and is for our learning
(John 17:17; Romans 15:4; I Corinthians 10:11), but learn what part of
the Bible applies to us today and what part is written to others. (Build thee an ark of gopher wood—to Noah for us to learn from).
We must keep verses of Scripture in their proper context. The
meaning of a passage will be clarified by the verses before and after
it. Wresting a passage out of context and applying it indiscriminately
leads to false teaching (II Peter 3:16). ALWAYS look at the context
to determine if an application of the passage is correct. Note the
Devil's miss-use of Psalm 91:11-12 in Matthew 4:5-7; and of
Genesis 3:3-4 to Eve.
Pray before you study (and after). Ask for wisdom in applying Bible knowledge (James 1:5).
After all this, and most importantly—Just Do It, “be ye doers of the Word and not (forgetful) hearers only,” James 1:22-24; Matthew 7:21-23.
Study the Bible because
it provides you with the one and only love letter from God, and
wonderful words of life. Jesus said “search the scriptures for in them
ye think ye have eternal life,” John 5:39 and He said “thy word is
truth,” John 17:17, and He said, the word is Spirit and life, John 6:63!
Here are three ways to know your Bible better:
(1) Read and study it by yourself, Acts 17:11.
(2) Come to church and learn from qualified teachers, Ephesians 4:11-16 and
(3) Call me, and I will study the Bible with you free of charge—Ivy Conner at (361) 343-2778
study the Bible and the Bible only! Jesus promised that by continuing
in His word, we can know the truth and the truth will set us free, see
John 8:31-32. .