HOW TO STUDY SCRIPTURES 2
Memory Verse: 2 Timothy 3:15-16 “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
One major problem many have had in the study of the holy writings is that they haven’t differentiated between the writings and the word of God.
First, what does bible mean? It simply means “books”. A collection of books. This is because the 66 books of the bible where never made into one until there was a canonization of all that had been written for 4000 years.
There is a difference between the scriptures and the word of God or the bible and the word of God.
The word “scriptures” is the Greek “graphay” it means “writ” or “what is written”. The Holy scriptures where written by “inspiration” of God. The person who moved men to write was God.
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 1 Peter 1:20-21
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2 Timothy 3:16
So they wrote as they were inspired.
Now the word of God is not what was written. The word of God is a person.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth. John 1:14
The word of God has no beginning. He is the reason there is a beginning. All things were made by the word of God.
The word of God is the logos of God. Many erroneously say “logos” means “written word” and that’s not entirely accurate.
The word logos is Greek. It means the explanation of a thing, the reason or logic of a thing. The reason why logos speaks is simply because we explain in words. We express logic or thought in words. So logos is expressed in what we say.
The logos of God is the explanation of God.
We must therefore study the scriptures to know the word. Why? The scriptures reveal or contain the revelation of the word.
Now all of the scriptures (which refers to the old testament writings) spoke of and prophesied of one person, The word of God.
This person called the word of God, who preexisted the beginning, became flesh and was seen. All scriptures referred to him.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. John 1:1-4
And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Luke 24:44
And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:27
So the holy writings were about the word of God become flesh. His name is JESUS.
All bible study must reveal the word of God-Jesus.
All bible interpretation must reveal the word of God -Jesus.
If it doesn’t reveal Jesus then you haven’t rightly studied the word.
Jesus is the central theme of scriptures.
He is the all in all of bible revelation.
The more you interpret scriptures rightly, the more of Jesus you will see.
CONFESSION: I know that Jesus is the word of God. All scriptures speak of Him. I see Jesus whenever I study the scriptures. Amen
FURTHER BIBLE READING: Isaiah 25, Deuteronomy 6, Hebrews 13
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