2 – THE MECHANICS of Effective Bible Study
The 3RD KEY – STUDY- Three Questions To Ask When We Approach any Portion of the Bible
4:4 But he
(Jesus) 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.
3:4 And the
serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
11:13 For I
(PAUL) SPEAK to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I
AM THE (SINGULAR) APOSTLE OF
THE GENTILES, I magnify mine office:
ARE THE WORDS SPOKEN?
Chronicles 7:14 If my
(God’s) people (Israel), which
are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and
turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive
their sin, and will heal their land
1:3 Blessed be
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us
(the members of “the church which is body of Christ”) with all spiritual
blessings in heavenly places in
11:13 For I
(Paul) speak TO YOU GENTILES
concerns either of three parties: “…the
Jews… the Gentiles…
THE WORDS SPOKEN OR WRITTEN?
the so-called Gospels we read these words below… spoken to the
9:6 And they
(the Twelve Apostles) departed, and went through the towns, preaching
the gospel (of the kingdom), and
healing every where.
9:44-45 Let these sayings sink
down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of
men. 45 But they
understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they
perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying.
18:31-34 Then he took unto
him the twelve (The Twelve
Apostles sent to Israel, see Matt 10:5-6), and said unto them, Behold, we go
up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the
Son of man shall be accomplished. 32 For
he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles,
and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: 33And
they shall scourge him, and put
him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. 34
And they understood none
of these things: and this
saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.
10:5-7 These twelve Jesus sent
forth, and commanded them, saying, Go
not into the way of the Gentiles,
and into any city of the
Samaritans enter ye not: 6 But
go rather to the lost sheep of the house of
15:24 But he
(Jesus) answered and said, I
am not sent but (except) unto
the lost sheep of the house of
5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till
heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law,
till all be fulfilled.
Not being one of “the
twelve,” Paul wrote this to “the
body of Christ” (29 years after the cross).
6:14b …for YE
(members of “the church which is the body of Christ”) ARE
UNDER THE LAW, BUT
GUIDING PRINCIPLES in Bible Study:
Now we can delve into what the writers of and speakers in the Bible are talking about. There are three guiding principles for proper hermeneutics (Bible Interpretation).
8:8 So they
read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave
the sense, and caused them to
understand the reading.
Luke 1:30-33 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
b. The COMPARATIVE PRINCIPLE In Bible Study
1) Scripture is best interpreted by COMPARING SCRIPTURE WITH OTHER SCRIPTURE.
2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 1 Corinthians 2:13 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.
CONTEXT IS IMPERATIVE (A
text without context is pretext OR an alleged reason)
24:13 (Jesus speaking to
35:1-3 And Moses (under
the Law) gathered all the congregation of the
7:17 (re: Daniel’s vision of beast) These
great beasts, which are four, are
four kings, which shall
arise out of the earth.
3) REMOTER CONTEXT –
is seen by making comparisons -
1:8 But ye (Jesus of
here we read - Matthew 10:23 But
when they persecute you (
Yet ultimately; “Ask of me (the Lord), and I shall give thee (
The DISPENSATIONAL PRINCIPLE In Bible Study
e.g., Innocence, Conscience, Human Gov’t, Promise, Law, Grace, The Millennial Reign, New Heaven & New Earth.
By example, let’s now demonstrate differing truth according to four differing dispensations by comparing God’s dietary commands… as seen here in Gen 1:29 (innocence), Genesis 9:3 (Conscience), Lev 11:4-10 (the Law), and 1Tim 4:4 (Grace).
Under the Dispensation of Innocence in the Garden only
vegetation was for food. - Genesis
1:29 God said, Behold, I have
given you every herb bearing seed, which is
upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is
the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Under the Dispensation of Conscience meat was
added Post-flood - Gen
MOVING THING THAT
LIVETH shall be meat for you; even
as the green herb have I given you
Under Dispensation of “The Law” flesh
(animals/fish) was restricted. - Leviticus
these shall ye not eat of them
that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as
the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is
unclean unto you. 5 And the coney,
because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is
unclean unto you. 6 And the
hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is
unclean unto you. 7 And the
swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not
the cud; he is unclean to you. 8
Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not
touch; they are unclean to you.
9 These shall ye eat of all that
are in the waters:
whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers,
them shall ye eat. 10 And all
that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that
move in the waters, and of any living thing which is
in the waters, they shall be
an abomination unto you:
dispensation of the grace of God,”
(Eph 3:2), Paul writes this
concerning foods -
Timothy 4:4 For EVERY
CREATURE OF GOD IS GOOD, and
NOTHING TO BE REFUSED, if it be received
3:21 (KJV) (Jesus)
Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all
things, which God hath SPOKEN BY
the mouth of all his holy PROPHETS SINCE the world began.
Romans 16:25 (KJV) Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my (Paul’s) gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of THE MYSTERY, which was KEPT SECRET SINCE the world began,
James writes to… “the
twelve tribes scattered abroad” (James 1:1).
2:24 (KJV) Ye see then how that by
works a man is justified, and NOT by faith only.
writes to the members of “the church which is His body” at
4:4-5 (KJV) Now to him that
worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5
But to him that WORKETH
NOT, but believeth
on him that justifieth the ungodly, HIS
FAITH IS COUNTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
2:8-9 (KJV) For BY
GRACE ARE YE SAVED THROUGH FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it
is the gift of God: 9 NOT
OF WORKS, lest any man should boast.
we may note that while God never changes, His dealing with men have
changed through the differing dispensations. THIS IS THE ISSUE OF
4TH KEY- UNDERSTAND
GOD’S “SECRET,” whichPaul calls “the
16:25-26 …the preaching
of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of THE MYSTERY, which
WAS KEPT SECRET since
the world began, 26
But now is made manifest
Paul here defines the
heretofore hidden “mystery,” subjectively,
in the members of “the body of
Colossians 1:26-27 Even THE MYSTERY which HATH BEEN HID FROM AGES AND FROM GENERATIONS, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of THIS MYSTERY AMONG THE GENTILES; which is CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory:
Session 2, to be Continued…The following 2 pages are notes to what I call “GOD’S SECRET GOSPEL”