March 4, 2021
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
God has given us the most amazing handbook for life – his living Word. And he has not left us with just the handbook, but he has also provided each believer with the indwelling Holy Spirit. With these two supernatural tools, we can be equipped, not only partially (which is how I feel after computer software training), but thoroughly for every good work. However, we need to be careful about how we study the Bible. Sounds a bit funny to say it that way, but hear me out...
First of all, we all know that the Bible is not an “easy read.” Deep theological issues are not always presented in a “read it and do it” form. Some things may even seem to contradict themselves if not carefully placed within the entire Scripture. Old Testament information is deepened by the New Testament (and vice versa) and God’s character is best understood in light of the whole Bible.
Bible verses need to be looked at in context and an understanding of the wording in its original language is helpful. I think of one word which was confusing to me when I first began studying the Bible