What is the proper way to study the Bible?

Determining the meaning of Scripture is one of the most important tasks that a believer has in this life. God does not tell us that we must simply read the Bible. We must study it, handle it correctly, and studying is hard work. A brief scanning of Scripture can sometimes yield very wrong conclusions about what God means. Here is the first of several principles about how to determine the correct meaning of Scripture.

 

1. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to give you understanding.

John 16:13 reads, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” Jesus in John 16 is speaking of the Holy Spirit and says that when He comes (the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, Acts 2), He would guide them into all truth. Just as the Holy Spirit guided the apostles in the writing of much of the New Testament, He also guides us in the understanding of Scripture. Remember, the Bible is God’s book, and we need to ask Him what it means.

more tomorrow…TKI


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