How to understand the Bible
Searching heart (curiosity) John 5:39 – “search the scriptures” Eternal life is found in them. When read, they “testify of me” [Jesus, the messiah].
1. The slothful (lazy) man, however, gains nothing. (Proverbs 12:27). The precious substance is for the diligent.
Study with sincere desire to know truth:
One must have a sincere desire to know the truth. John 8:32 “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”. One must have a deep and abiding desire to know what God’s truth is. Ephesians 5:17 “be not foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is”
Here’s the key! : Psalms 119: 9-11 “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
Read the bible understanding its purpose:
2 Timothy 3:14-17 states: “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” The main concentration of the bible is upon following the lives of the history of the patriarchs through the birth of Jesus and the applications of His teachings which we are to follow to this day.
Openness of mind:
2 Peter 3:2 “that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles” We need to approach with an opened mind. 2 Corinthians 3:14 “But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away.” (reading with a prejudiced mind, a hardened heart which will make it difficult to understand the truths of scripture). Hardness of heart and pride makes it impossible for one to read scripture honestly and openly. Daniel 5:20 “But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit was hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was brought down from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him.” Acts 17:11 “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.”
Hunger and thirst:
Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” I Peter 2:2 “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation” We need a willingness to accept and properly apply the truth in spite of what it is saying to us. If we only see scripture as something that applies to people in other times and other climbs or we see it as something that applies to others then it is no more than a history book or a dictionary or encyclopedia. God sees what is in our heart, what is good or bad. He sees our willingness to follow good or evil. 1 Kings 8:18 “But the LORD said to David my father, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart.” Psalms 63:1 “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. It’s that willingness that causes us to realize our situation. Change is difficult, same-ness is comfortable.
Willingness to make changes:
Psalms 119:104 “Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.” When I come to realize I’m following a false way I learn to hate it and to make changes. I am willing to separate myself from anything that is false and evil and follow the straight path.