Issues and Answers

How To Study The Bible

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: David Asscherick, Karen Thomas, Daniel Mesa III


Series Code: IAA

Program Code: IAA000040

00:32 Welcome to "Issues and Answers."
00:33 You know today we're gonna talk about the Bible.
00:37 Did you know that the Bible was written in Hebrew and Greek?
00:40 Well, for some of you who are watching
00:42 you may still feel that it is in Hebrew and Greek
00:44 because you do not understand it completely.
00:46 We are going to go through how to study your Bible,
00:48 yes, a self-help study for you and for others
00:52 who are willing to know how to peruse
00:53 through God's word intelligently and proficiently.
00:57 And to help us today our two very special guests,
00:59 one whom we had on another show, it is Daniel Mesa.
01:03 He is pastor of the Revelation Promises Hope,
01:05 SDA Church and Maranatha Bible Fellowship
01:08 SDA Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
01:11 And he has brought his best friend,
01:13 evangelist David Asscherick of the Mission College
01:16 in the Black Hills in Hermosa, South Dakota.
01:19 Welcome to the program, gentlemen.
01:20 Thank you. It's very nice to be here.
01:22 So we are going to learn about how to study our Bibles.
01:25 Well, I'm excited about this. Amen.
01:27 Where do we begin?
01:28 We begin with David.
01:30 Well, the Bible, it's interesting
01:32 that you would say that it was written in Hebrew and Greek.
01:34 It's actually written in Hebrew, Greek and--
01:37 Aramaic. There was a third language.
01:38 Do you know what it was?
01:40 Aramaic. Aramaic, you got it.
01:41 It was written in Hebrew.
01:43 Of course, the Old Testament is in Hebrew and Aramaic
01:44 and the entire New Testament was written in Greek.
01:46 And it's interesting to me that you would say
01:47 that many people might still feel like
01:50 it's written in those languages because I have found
01:52 that very few people really understand the Bible.
01:55 I hate to say that but as we travel around the country,
01:59 it's really perplexing to me,
02:00 and I Sir Daniel was a pastor,
02:01 that there are very few people who really seem to have a grasp
02:05 on the totality of Scripture, what's being taught.
02:08 And the Bible is definitely a unique document.
02:11 The Bible is written on three different continents
02:15 over a period of probably about 1500 different years
02:18 by not less than 37 different authors.
02:21 These authors ranged in their vocations from being a farmer,
02:25 Jeremiah was a scribe, Matthew was a tax collector,
02:29 Peter was a fisherman,
02:31 so various socio-economic backgrounds,
02:33 cultural backgrounds, over 1500 different years,
02:37 3 different continents and it all coalesces
02:39 into one volume that we call the Bible,
02:42 which is really 66 different books.
02:44 And so when you're perusing this,
02:46 this volume it's not a-- it's not a normal book,
02:48 it's not an ordinary book.
02:51 It's unique and so therefore,
02:53 we must understand how to study this Bible.
02:55 And that's what we want to talk about today.
02:58 Well, I think it's neat that you're here
02:59 because we'd had Daniel
03:01 tell us how he came to the Lord in our last program
03:04 and I understand that there is a special story
03:06 about your baptisms.
03:08 Yes, actually I was in California,
03:12 baptized June 6th, I think it was or July 6th.
03:15 And he was baptized the 8th, 2 days apart.
03:18 He was in South Dakota and just a short time
03:20 afterwards the Lord brought us together.
03:22 And at that point we'd become best friends.
03:24 And I'd mentioned before that we wanted to work together.
03:27 So we prayed together that the Lord
03:28 would lead us together to work together.
03:30 And we've been best friends ever since.
03:32 So it's been quite a blessing.
03:34 Wonderful. Amen.
03:36 So, David, you're going to share with us some key principles
03:40 on how to study or how to learn the Bible.
03:44 Understand the Bible. Understand the Bible, okay.
03:45 We have five principles.
03:47 We've distilled it down to five principles,
03:49 that if you'll follow these five principles--
03:52 they are principles that are actually derived
03:53 from the Bible itself.
03:54 And if we'll understand these five principles,
03:56 we will be able to arrive at an accurate understanding
03:59 of what the Bible is teaching.
04:01 I need to tell a little story.
04:02 This is how some people study the Bible.
04:03 Perhaps, you've heard of this before.
04:05 People will say, "Well, you know,
04:07 I'm in such a hurry in the mornings
04:08 that I just flip through and I just say, 'Lord, speak to me.'"
04:11 And they open it up and, you know, whatever the text is,
04:14 this is God's voice to them that day.
04:15 And I'm not discounting the fact that God can do that.
04:18 There's a little story, somebody studying the Bible and,
04:20 "Oh, Lord, I'm in a hurry, I just need a quick devotion"
04:23 and it says, "Judas hung himself."
04:25 Oh, this is not a particularly good devotion,
04:27 so he closes it and he... "Go thou and do likewise."
04:32 Oh, this is not a good study at all.
04:34 So he says, "Lord, I need--
04:35 I really need you to give me a good devotion this morning."
04:36 So he goes one more time and it says,
04:38 "What thou doest, do quickly."
04:40 So this is not a legitimate way to study the Bible obviously.
04:44 And sadly, many people are employing
04:45 these same kinds of principles.
04:47 You know, we laugh at it.
04:48 It's clever, but people are employing
04:49 these kinds of happenstance principles
04:51 to understand the Bible.
04:53 The Bible as we have said is a unique book
04:55 and God has given us ways,
04:57 principles in which we can use to understand the Bible.
05:01 And these principles are derived from the Bible itself.
05:03 We'll give five principles as I've said.
05:05 And the first principle is this, I'm going to read here
05:08 if you'd like to look in your Bible,
05:09 it's in 2 Timothy 3:16,
05:15 2 Timothy 3:16.
05:21 The Bible says this, "All scripture is given
05:24 by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
05:28 for reproof, for correction,
05:29 for instruction in righteousness
05:32 that the man of God may be perfect,
05:34 thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
05:37 And here we find the first key
05:40 that's going to help us to understand the Bible.
05:42 We need to understand that the Bible
05:43 makes an incredible claim about itself.
05:46 Prior to becoming a Christian
05:48 I studied into eastern religions.
05:50 I read a large portion of the Hindu holy book
05:52 call the Bhagavad-Gita as it is.
05:54 I've read large sections of the Koran.
05:56 I'm a voracious reader.
05:57 But I have learned that no other holy book
05:59 that I'm aware of makes the claim to be the word of God.
06:04 The Bible is unique and that it makes that claim.
06:08 Now just because it makes the claim
06:10 doesn't necessarily mean that it's true
06:12 but we have to treat this Book as a unique Book
06:14 just by virtue of the fact that it makes the claim.
06:17 Now the key passage here I wanted to look at is,
06:19 "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God."
06:23 And the first principle that we derive from the Scripture itself
06:27 is that in order to understand the word of God
06:29 we must rely upon the author of the word of God
06:32 who according to this verse is God.
06:36 And that's the first principle, reliance upon God,
06:39 upon the Holy Spirit to lead us and to guide us.
06:42 And, Daniel, I know you're just charged up with the text here.
06:44 That's right. I want you to turn to John 16.
06:49 John 16 gives us one of those
06:52 principles of studying the Bible,
06:54 reliance upon the Spirit saying that
06:55 "all inspiration is given by"-- oh, I'm sorry--
06:58 "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God."
07:00 The inspiration is, you know, by the Spirit
07:03 and in John 16:13, we read
07:06 "Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth is come,
07:10 He will guide you into all truth."
07:13 Not just some, but all truth.
07:14 And so the promise is that God will lead us
07:17 through His Spirit into truth.
07:20 We're also told that the Bible is truth,
07:22 "Your word is truth," it says in John 17:17.
07:25 But if we finish the text it says,
07:27 "For He shall not speak of Himself."
07:28 We learn in a few verses after and a few verses before,
07:31 he is speaking of Christ.
07:33 "But whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak
07:35 and He will show you things to come."
07:38 So the promise here is just really quite a blessing.
07:41 God's going to lead you through His Spirit into truth
07:43 but also reveal things to come.
07:46 And just as David said this is a unique Book.
07:48 This Book has promised not only to reveal the will of God
07:51 and lead us into truth, but things to come.
07:54 So we don't always have to be in darkness
07:56 not knowing the things or only knowing the things
07:59 that are behind and what are present
08:01 but God has promised also to reveal to us the future.
08:04 So before we even open the Book we can know that it's fact,
08:06 that it's coming from God
08:08 and that as we study God through the Holy Spirit,
08:12 His Holy Spirit will guide us. Amen.
08:15 And that's principle number one.
08:17 Because the Bible is a spiritual book,
08:19 we can't just come to it like we would come to any other
08:21 historical work or work of antiquity.
08:24 We need to come to this Book saying,
08:26 "Lord, you wrote the Book. Now teach me the book."
08:29 You know, He is going to be the best teacher
08:31 if He is the author.
08:32 I'm reading now from 2 Peter,
08:34 just quickly, chapter 1 verse 19.
08:36 He says, "We have also a more sure word of prophecy;
08:39 whereunto you do well that you take heed,
08:42 as unto a light that shineth in a dark place,
08:44 until the day dawn, and the day star
08:46 arise in your hearts knowing this first
08:48 that no prophecy of the Scripture
08:50 is of any private interpretation."
08:53 So it's not up to Karen to determine
08:55 what the Scripture says or David or even Daniel.
08:57 How can we be so sure that the Scripture
08:58 is not a private interpretation?
09:00 The next verse is the key.
09:01 He says, "For the prophecy came not in old time
09:05 by the will of man but holy men of God spake
09:10 as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
09:14 So we've seen just three Scriptures
09:15 right as we get started here that the Holy Spirit is the one
09:18 who wrote the Bible through the prophets
09:20 but the Spirit was the one inspiring.
09:22 And so when we come to the word of God
09:24 principle number one is it's not David's intellectual prowess
09:28 or David's education that's going to help him
09:30 to understand the word of God
09:31 but it's going to be David's reliance
09:33 upon the author of the word of God.
09:35 That's principle number one.
09:36 You know, I think back on how you said how you met.
09:38 You know my brothers are David and Daniel as well.
09:41 And so here's a David, here's a Daniel
09:43 that are two worlds apart
09:44 but yet the Lord has brought them together.
09:46 So the same Holy Spirit and the same God
09:49 who can bring people together through circumstances
09:51 can guide us through His word as well.
09:52 Amen. That's right.
09:54 That's good. I like that.
09:56 Well, our second principle is not just
10:00 that the Spirit teaches us principle number one,
10:02 but the second principle is that the theme
10:04 of the entire Scripture from the beginning to the end
10:07 is actually Jesus Christ himself.
10:10 Jesus is the theme of the Scripture.
10:12 In fact, go to John 5.
10:16 John 5.
10:20 For those of you at home, that's in the New Testament,
10:23 that's the fourth gospel, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John.
10:26 John 5:39,
10:28 Jesus here is discussing some issues with the Pharisees.
10:33 These were the intelligent people of Jesus' day.
10:35 And Jesus says this in John 5:39,
10:38 He says, "Search the Scriptures."
10:41 And in the days of Jesus, of course, the Scriptures
10:43 would have been just Genesis to Malachi.
10:44 The New Testament would not yet have been written.
10:46 Jesus says, "Search the Old Testament." Why?
10:48 Why should we search it?
10:50 "For in them you think you have eternal life
10:54 and they are they which testify of Me."
10:59 So Jesus is saying, from Genesis all the writings of Moses,
11:03 all the way up through-- all of the chronicles
11:06 and the chronologies through the Kings,
11:07 through Samuel, all the way
11:09 through all the Old Testament prophets,
11:10 He says, all of those Scriptures
11:12 they testify of one central theme,
11:15 the pulsating bottom line of Scripture is Jesus.
11:19 So when we're going into the Bible,
11:21 we're looking not for little details here
11:23 and little idiosyncrasies here and little nuances here,
11:25 we're looking for the vast thing, Jesus.
11:29 You remind of me of another Scripture, David.
11:31 In Luke 24:25,
11:39 Jesus actually believed the same thing
11:41 that David was just talking about,
11:43 how that the whole entire Scripture refers to Himself.
11:45 He is the central theme.
11:47 And in verse 25 of Luke 24, it says,
11:49 "O fools, and slow of heart to believe
11:51 all that the prophets have spoken.
11:53 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things,
11:56 and to enter into His glory?"
11:57 Verse 27, "Beginning at Moses and all the prophets,
12:02 He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures
12:06 the things concerning Himself."
12:09 And so from Moses,
12:10 just like David was talking about the Old Testament,
12:11 when He said search the Scriptures,
12:13 He's referring to Genesis to Malachi.
12:15 Jesus took Moses and all the prophets
12:17 and expounded or opened up,
12:19 unpacked the Scriptures about the things concerning Himself.
12:23 And, you know, that reminds me
12:24 of an illustration I'd like to teach.
12:27 When we're studying the Bible we should do something
12:29 what's called as Jesus said "expounding the Scriptures".
12:33 But I call it unpacking the Scriptures.
12:35 And it's much like you take a suitcase, okay.
12:38 You pop it open, you open it up and you see
12:40 that you've got in there a few folded items of clothing.
12:43 Well, you see a shirt there
12:44 and you don't really know the shirt much
12:46 because it's folded up.
12:47 So you take it and you unfold it a little bit here,
12:49 you unfold it a little bit there
12:50 and find it's a short sleeve shirt.
12:52 And then you unfold it here a little bit
12:54 and there's an emblem on it, "Jesus loves me," okay.
12:57 You unfold it again and you find it's a white shirt
12:59 with the emblem, "Jesus loves me."
13:01 You turn it over and it says "Jesus loves you too."
13:03 So now you know the full broad scope of this shirt.
13:06 Well, then you put it on, okay.
13:09 You go into your suitcase again
13:11 and pull out what looks like a pair of shorts,
13:14 but you unfold it and, or unpack it as it were
13:17 and it's all of a sudden a pair of pants with your,
13:20 you know, perfect pockets
13:21 and the kind that you like perfectly and just your size.
13:24 So you slip that one on too.
13:26 You do the same thing with the sweater,
13:28 do the same thing with the hat and all the other things.
13:29 You unpack them, find out all about them,
13:32 whether you like them or not,
13:33 if they fit and then you put them on.
13:35 In the same way, we should be able to take the Scriptures
13:39 and we should search the Scriptures
13:40 and expound everything, the things concerning to Christ.
13:44 And so you can take one Scripture,
13:46 any Scripture and pull the first word.
13:49 For instance, "For God so loved the world."
13:52 What does God mean?
13:53 Unfold that, make it big,
13:55 make it real, apply it to yourself.
13:58 For God so loved,
14:00 so is obviously an emphasis on loved.
14:03 What does love mean?
14:04 What does it mean to so love
14:06 in opposite of or in next to just loving.
14:08 And so you can unpack these things
14:10 and then put that article of word on.
14:13 And so really, it's the unpacking of the Scriptures
14:17 that's something that we should try
14:18 to do every time we study.
14:22 There's a point I wanted to say on that
14:23 and what Daniel is talking about is almost like
14:25 you would go into a laboratory and use a microscope.
14:28 Say you had a piece of tissue here,
14:31 you know, maybe it was a piece of skin or something
14:32 and you get under the microscope and you really peer in
14:35 and look at all of the details of what you're looking at
14:38 but there's not just a microscope involved here,
14:40 because if we were just spending all of our time
14:42 looking at the little minutia we wouldn't understand,
14:46 well, what is the big picture.
14:48 And so there's not just a microscope.
14:49 That's point number three by the way, Daniel.
14:52 There's a telescope. There's a telescope.
14:54 You see, we don't want to just stay
14:56 honed in on all the little words.
14:57 We have to do that.
14:58 But then we have to back away
15:00 and be sure that the conclusions
15:01 that we've reached from that text
15:03 agree with the conclusion of the entire Bible.
15:06 So point number one is reliance upon the Holy Spirit.
15:09 Point number two is that all of the Scriptures point to Jesus.
15:12 He's the central theme of Scripture.
15:13 Point number three is unpacking the Scripture,
15:15 letting every word have its proper bearing.
15:17 God so loved the world.
15:20 And point number four is that all of the conclusions
15:22 that we reach from a particular understanding of a verse
15:26 need to agree with what the other things
15:28 that the Bible says.
15:30 For example, you know, we did our little illustration,
15:31 you know, Judas hung himself.
15:33 Go thou and do likewise. What thou doest, do quickly.
15:35 Well, you could arrive at that conclusion
15:37 but that would not be a conclusion
15:38 that's consistent with the rest of Scripture.
15:41 In fact, look at the Book of Isaiah.
15:42 This is point number four here.
15:44 The Book of Isaiah is in the Old Testament,
15:47 not long after Psalms, through Proverbs,
15:49 through Ecclesiastes, through Song of Solomon
15:52 and you come to Isaiah 28.
15:56 Our fourth point here is a very important Scriptural point.
16:01 And Isaiah 28, beginning in verse 9
16:05 there's a question being asked here by the prophet Isaiah.
16:07 The question is this, "Whom shall He," that's God.
16:11 "Whom shall God teach knowledge?
16:14 And whom shall He make to understand doctrine?
16:17 Them that are weaned from the milk,
16:18 and drawn from the breasts."
16:20 In other words, God teaches His spiritual insights to those
16:23 who are desiring to be mature in the things of God.
16:26 Not just those that are babies,
16:28 you know, suckling from the mother's milk
16:30 but those that are interested in actually learning
16:32 and studying, the more, you'd say, spiritually mature.
16:34 Here's how He does it, verse 10,
16:36 "For precept must be upon precept,
16:39 precept upon precept, line upon line,
16:42 line upon line, here a little, and there a little."
16:46 You see, Karen, this is our fourth point.
16:49 God teaches us not just in one verse,
16:52 He teaches us many things out of a single verse
16:55 but what He teaches us in that single verse
16:57 needs to be consistent with what He shows us
16:58 in the rest of Scripture. How does He do that?
17:01 The Bible is internally consistent.
17:03 So what He says in Genesis is consistent
17:05 with what He says in Revelation.
17:07 What He says in Isaiah is consistent
17:09 with what He says here and there and so we bounce.
17:11 What does Isaiah say about it?
17:13 What does Jeremiah say about it?
17:14 What did the wise man Solomon say about it?
17:16 What did Samuel say about it?
17:17 What do all of the various Bible writers say about a given topic,
17:21 line upon line, precept upon precept,
17:23 here a little and there a little.
17:26 And one of the key ways that you can do that,
17:27 you know, we might have somebody sitting at home today saying,
17:29 well, how can I do that?
17:30 How can I go from here to there?
17:32 I don't know where to go.
17:33 I'll give you a key word that often comes
17:34 when we talk to people. Go ahead.
17:36 Wine in the Bible. Wine in the Bible.
17:37 How can I do a research on wine in the Bible?
17:40 Excellent.
17:41 If you wanted to do research on wine in the Bible,
17:44 what you would do is you'd go to your
17:45 local Christian book store, you'd pick up a book called
17:48 "A Strong's Exhaustive Concordance."
17:50 There are many different concordances
17:51 but the one I recommend is the Strong's Exhaustive.
17:53 It was compiled by a man named James Strong back in,
17:55 I think, 1600s. It's not a commentary.
17:58 It's a reference tool that lists alphabetically
18:00 every word that appears in Scripture.
18:02 So you go through the As, through the Bs, through the Cs
18:04 and you eventually come to the Ws and you'd look up wine.
18:06 And you'd have there all of the times
18:08 that wine occurs in the Bible.
18:10 So what you would do is, you'd say,
18:11 what was wine in the Bible in Genesis,
18:13 look up those references.
18:14 What was it in Exodus, look up those references.
18:16 What was it in all the way through
18:17 Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua
18:19 and as you looked up the totality
18:21 of what the Bible says about wine in all of the Scripture,
18:24 then you'd have a biblical understanding
18:27 of what the Bible teaches about wine.
18:30 That's the telescope.
18:31 Daniel talked about the microscope.
18:33 You might take one text that mentioned wine in it
18:35 and you'd unpack the Scripture and say, oh, okay.
18:37 So I understand what this is teaching.
18:39 But you better be sure that the conclusion
18:40 that you arrive at in your microscope
18:43 agrees with the telescope. You understand?
18:45 That's right.
18:47 If you're looking at a little cell tissue
18:49 here underneath the microscope,
18:50 when you pan out, you're looking at,
18:52 say, a cat or you're looking at--
18:53 you don't know what you're looking at precisely
18:55 but as you pan out what you see panning out
18:58 always agrees with what you see panned in.
19:00 You're not adding anything new.
19:02 All of it has to agree and that's the fourth principle.
19:04 Biblical consistency and this is one of the great ways
19:08 that we can know that the Bible is inspired.
19:10 As we've suggested written by 37 different authors
19:14 on 3 continents over a period of 1500 different years
19:16 and yet they agree in every detail
19:19 and every specificity with one another.
19:21 I mean, this is incredible on,
19:23 no doubt, the most controversial subject
19:24 in all of human existence, God. That's right.
19:27 Total internal consistency and that's point number four.
19:30 And, you know, Jesus Christ even believed
19:32 in the consistency of the Bible
19:35 because we've already mentioned in Luke 24
19:37 where He went from Moses and expounded unto them
19:39 all the things concerning Himself
19:42 through all the prophets.
19:43 We also learnt that Paul did the same thing
19:45 if you read through Romans Chapter 3.
19:47 He basically took the Scriptures,
19:50 the Old Testament, took sections of Scripture,
19:53 compiled them into one section and taught us about
19:56 the depravity of man's human nature.
19:58 But there's another section of Scripture
20:00 that I'd like to turn to, 1 Corinthians Chapter 2
20:05 and referring to what David was talking about in Isaiah 28:10,
20:10 here a little, there a little,
20:12 line upon line, and precept upon precept.
20:13 We have the same thought in the New Testament,
20:15 1 Corinthians 2:13,
20:19 referring to the Spirit of God reveling to us
20:21 things that are unknown to normal people.
20:24 We are spiritual people. Verse 13.
20:26 "Which things also we speak,
20:28 not in the words which man's wisdom teaches
20:31 but which the Holy Ghost teaches,
20:33 comparing spiritual things with spiritual."
20:38 You know, one thing I like about the Bible
20:40 is that it is researched and intellectually sound.
20:47 The Bible has footnotes.
20:48 And like you were saying the Strong's Concordance,
20:51 well, isn't there a mini version of that in the Bible?
20:53 That's right, I appreciate you having said that.
20:55 In the center of many Bibles
20:57 you'll find between the two columns,
21:00 you'll have a kind of a reference point here.
21:03 And this is what's call the marginal reference.
21:05 Let's see if we can get a picture of it.
21:06 Sometimes it's called the center column reference.
21:09 Just turn your Bible around there and let's see if--
21:11 In that center column reference that you have right here,
21:14 basically what you have is,
21:16 for example, here's a bold, Chapter 1:2.
21:19 And these are going to the other Scriptures
21:21 that reference the same topic
21:23 that you're dealing with in this Scripture.
21:25 Now this becomes very, very helpful for you especially,
21:27 if you're not extremely learned
21:29 in the things of the word of God.
21:31 When you first come, you pick up the Bible
21:33 and you can just go to any place.
21:34 You pick it up and as you read this verse,
21:36 then you have, say, here four or five or six other Scriptures
21:39 that are going to reference similar topics
21:41 like wine or angels or hell or death or love,
21:45 any of these topics and you can just bounce back and forth.
21:49 A marginal reference here, a reference here,
21:51 a reference here, a reference here,
21:52 a reference here, a reference here.
21:53 This is a systematic way to go through the Bible
21:56 and be sure that the conclusions that you are arriving at,
21:58 lead by the Spirit, looking for Jesus,
22:01 unpacking the individual words,
22:02 allowing the totality of Scripture
22:04 to have its bearing upon Genesis to Revelation,
22:07 all of it making the same sense together,
22:10 a unified document, these are the first four principles.
22:13 If you follow these, you can be sure that the conclusions
22:15 that you're arriving at are accurate
22:17 and most of all biblical conclusions.
22:21 That's very interesting.
22:22 Now can you give us a practical example of how to do this?
22:26 I think so.
22:27 In my marginal reference here, for example, the scripture
22:29 that Daniel just read to us in 1 Corinthians 2:13.
22:32 The verse is "Which things also we speak,
22:34 not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth
22:37 but which the Holy Ghost teacheth,
22:38 comparing spiritual things with spiritual."
22:41 Now as I look at my marginal reference here
22:42 it refers me to Chapter 1 of that same book,
22:46 verse 17, "For Christ sent me not to baptize,
22:49 but to preach the gospel not with wisdom of words,
22:52 lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect."
22:54 And clearly here the marginal reference
22:56 is on that word wisdom.
22:57 So we learn over here that we're not looking for man's wisdom,
23:00 we're looking for the wisdom that God teaches
23:02 by comparing spiritual with spiritual.
23:03 Paul over here further elaborates
23:05 on the idea of man's wisdom and how it's insufficient
23:08 to lead us to a correct understanding
23:09 of the word of God.
23:11 Now if you would enlarge upon that even further.
23:12 What does the New Testament have to say about man's wisdom?
23:15 What does the New Testament have to say
23:17 about God's wisdom, the two?
23:18 What does the whole Bible have to say about wisdom?
23:20 And as you bring that microscope and pan out,
23:22 pan out, pan out, pan out,
23:23 you're going to have a very biblical understanding
23:25 of man's wisdom versus God's wisdom.
23:27 There's never an ending to learning God's word, is there?
23:30 Amen. I love that.
23:32 And there's an important point
23:33 that I need to make on this and that is this,
23:35 many of the Bibles that people have today are called,
23:37 maybe you've heard of this before, study Bibles.
23:40 And what this means is basically,
23:41 you go into a bookstore, a Christian bookstore
23:43 and they'll have a study Bible.
23:45 I've seen the women's study Bible
23:46 and the men's study Bible
23:48 and even the African-American study Bible,
23:50 the prophesy study Bible, the father study Bible.
23:52 What that means is, is that man has now
23:54 put his comments onto what the word of God says.
23:58 Now those are not all bad in that.
23:59 Somebody has done a study but then that--
24:01 we have not done a study, right? That's exactly right.
24:03 It's not that these things are bad necessarily.
24:05 However, we need to be very careful to understand
24:08 that somebody else's conclusions
24:10 might not be the right conclusion
24:12 or the biblical conclusion.
24:13 So I just--there's a warning. There's a caution there.
24:15 Nothing against study Bibles as such,
24:17 but be sure that the conclusions that you are drawing
24:20 are the conclusions that God's wisdom has taught you,
24:23 not what man's wisdom has taught.
24:24 And the best way to do that is to study for ourselves.
24:26 That's exactly right.
24:27 Following the principles that we've been
24:29 speaking of right now. You've got it.
24:31 So we've got our four principles.
24:33 Principle number one is that we rely totally upon the Spirit.
24:36 Principle number two is that Christ
24:37 is the great central theme of the Scriptures.
24:39 Principle number three is unpacking
24:41 all of the particularities, the words,
24:43 the nuances of an individual verse or passage.
24:46 Point number four is that all of what we learn
24:48 has to be internally consistent so it doesn't--
24:50 the Bible doesn't teach that black is white on this side
24:52 and white is black on this side.
24:54 It's always black is black and white is white.
24:55 It's internally consistent.
24:57 And point number five, Karen, is a very important one.
25:00 And it has to do with application.
25:03 When God teaches us something in His word
25:05 it might require a change in the way we're living,
25:07 the way we're conducting ourselves,
25:09 the way we think, the way we move,
25:11 the way we breath, the way we live,
25:13 the way we talk. It might require a change.
25:16 And if it does, we need to be willing to do
25:18 what God has shown us.
25:20 And I think Daniel has a Scripture here
25:22 that he's just desiring to show us. I do.
25:24 and this is a blessed passage,
25:29 one that I took very-- made very close attention to
25:33 when I became a Christian.
25:34 It says in verse 19, "If you be willing and obedient,
25:38 you shall eat of the good of the land."
25:41 And so applying everything that you have learned
25:44 as a result of Bible study,
25:46 at the end of your study, make it--
25:47 You know, being willing like you said, I think that's key.
25:50 Anytime you go into a new exercise,
25:53 into a new job or for a new class even,
25:57 you have to be willing to be taught.
26:00 You have to have a teachable spirit. That's right.
26:02 And surely we need to have that as we open God's word,
26:05 wouldn't you say? That's right.
26:06 And be willing to do the things that God shows us.
26:09 I'll just quote you a beautiful Scripture in John 7:17.
26:12 Jesus says, "If any man will to do his will,
26:16 he shall know of the doctrine,
26:18 whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself."
26:20 Jesus says if you want to know the will of God
26:23 you must first be willing to follow the will of God.
26:25 See, God is not just showing us things in the Bible
26:27 to satisfy our insatiable curiosity for understanding,
26:30 and for wisdom, and for knowledge.
26:32 When God reveals something to us
26:33 He wants us to follow it, to love it, to believe it,
26:36 to live it and that's principle number five.
26:39 What God has shown let us walk in.
26:41 You know, my dad he used to say things to me,
26:43 he'd say, "David, I want you to clean your room."
26:45 He wasn't telling me just to clean my room
26:46 from my understanding,
26:48 he wanted me to clean my room.
26:49 And so it's not just that we look at what God had said.
26:51 Oh, this is neat. God has said "that does so is sin."
26:54 Well, that's great. Now I know that it's sin.
26:57 God says it's sin and if you're involved in it,
27:00 why don't you depart from it? Why don't you leave it?
27:03 And a willingness to follow what God has shown us,
27:05 this makes all the difference.
27:07 God will teach those people who are willing to obey,
27:09 who are willing to listen, who are willing to learn,
27:12 who are willing to follow
27:13 and that's principle number five.
27:14 Let us apply the principles that we've seen.
27:16 Well, let us pray and ask the Holy Spirit
27:18 to help us all as we study God's word to listen
27:22 to the voice of the Holy Spirit as He teaches us.
27:24 Will you offer a prayer for us please, David? I'd love to.
27:27 Our great Father in heaven,
27:29 we rejoice to see today that You have revealed to us principles,
27:33 Father, derived from Your word
27:35 that will enable us to understand Your word.
27:38 Lord, what a blessed privilege we have
27:40 that You have given us this special Book
27:42 and we ask now that as people that have been listening,
27:44 they've learned these principles,
27:45 they see that they are biblical,
27:47 as they go to study their Bibles,
27:48 we pray that You will send Your Holy Spirit
27:50 to guide them into all truth
27:51 as you've promised in John 16:13.
27:54 We love you, Lord, and we thank you for Your word
27:56 and we thank you that you have today taught us how to study,
27:59 In Jesus' name, amen. Amen.


Revised 2014-12-17