SESSION 1 – THE TOOLS of BIBLE STUDY
FOUR KEYS TO BIBLE UNDERSTANDING -
The 1ST KEY – Paul tells us how THE BELIEVING STUDENT IS EQUIPPED WITH and SEALED BY THE INDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT AS HIS TEACHER.
1 Corinthians 2:9-14 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 …the things of God knoweth no man, but (except by) the Spirit of God. 12 Now WE HAVE RECEIVED, not the spirit of the world, but THE SPIRIT WHICH IS OF GOD; (so) THAT WE MIGHT KNOW THE THINGS THAT ARE FREELY GIVEN TO US OF GOD. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which THE HOLY GHOST TEACHETH; COMPARING SPIRITUAL THINGS WITH SPIRITUAL. 14 But THE NATURAL MAN (psuchikos, the man of the soul, mind) RECEIVETH NOT THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because THEY ARE SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED.
Ephesians 1:13 (Christ) In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, THE GOSPEL OF YOUR SALVATION: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were SEALED WITH THAT HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE,
WHAT IS “THE GOSPEL of YOUR SALVATION”? Paul answers this succinctly here in
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For I (Paul) delivered unto you first of all (set in first position) that which I also received (from Christ, Gal 1:12), how THAT CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS according to the scriptures; 4 AND that HE WAS BURIED, and that HE ROSE AGAIN THE THIRD DAY according to the scriptures:
· Romans 6:23 (KJV) For the wages of sin is death; but THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.
· Romans 5:8 (KJV) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US.
· Romans 4:25 (KJV) Who (that is JESUS) WAS DELIVERED for OUR OFFENCES (sins), AND WAS RAISED again for OUR JUSTIFICATION.
The 2ND KEY – INSPIRATION & PRESERVATION OF THE WRITTEN WORD OF GOD
We must always ask… “For WHAT SAITH THE SCRIPTURE? …” (Romans 4:3a (KJV)
2 Tim 3:14-17 (Paul writes to Timothy) But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 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. 16 ALL SCRIPTURE IS GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly (Gk., exartizo, inwardly) furnished unto all good works.
INSPIRATION OF THE WORDS of THE BIBLE: The Words in the Bible are Inspired - not the writers. God told Moses “write THE WORDS” (Exo 17:14). The phrase “inspiration of God” is the Greek, “theopneusto,” meaning divinely breathed, derived from “spirit,” (Greek, pneuma), meaning “God’s breath.”
Note who is speaking in these verses?
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is WRITTEN, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
John 6:63 (KJV) It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: THE WORDS THAT I (JESUS) SPEAK UNTO YOU, THEY ARE SPIRIT, AND THEY ARE LIFE.
Acts 1:16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
Acts 28:25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,
2 Peter 1:21 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.
THE PRESERVATION OF THE WRITTEN WORD:
2 Timothy 3:15 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.
Matthew 22:31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not READ that which was SPOKEN UNTO YOU BY GOD, saying,
Isaiah 30:8 (KJV) Now go, write it before them in a table, and NOTE IT IN A BOOK, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:
Psalm 12:6-7 (KJV) The WORDS OF THE LORD are pure words…. 7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt PRESERVE THEM from this generation for ever.
Psalm 119:89 (KJV) For ever, O LORD, THY WORD IS SETTLED in heaven. .
Psalm 119:160 (KJV) Thy word is true from the beginning…
1 Peter 1:25 (KJV) But THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURETH FOR EVER.
Deut 17:14-15, 18 (KJV) When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee… 15 Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee… 18and it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he (the Scribe) shall WRITE HIM (the King of Israel) A COPY OF THIS LAW (The Mosaic Law) IN A BOOK out of that which is before the priests the Levites:
Session #1 - "The 2nd Key" to be continued...