HOW TO SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES
- MANY PEOPLE HAVE NOT GIVEN A SINGLE THOUGHT
OF HOW TO STUDY THE SCRIPTURES.
- STUDY WITH ME FOR A FEW MINUTES SIX THINGS
THAT WILL HELP US IN OUR STUDY OF THE SCRIPTURES TO SEARCH FOR
- Paul wrote in II
Timothy 2:15 "Study to show thyself approved
unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly
dividing the word of truth."
- Seriously denotes our disposition concerning
the word and the manner in which it is used:
- It is the rule by which we will be judged
- It has the power of salvation if heeded
- It is the message of God that we must
not neglect it. [Hebrews
- The approach should be with seriousness
- Moses wrote in Joshua
1:8 "This book of the law shall not depart
out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and
night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that
is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous,
and then thou shalt have good success."
- Earnest denotes that the approach to the
study of Gods Word is done with an intense and serious
state of mind. That what God has said is important and worthy
of my respect.
- This Word of God [delivered by Christ]
is the only way of approach to God. Jesus said "
am he way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me." John
- Earnestly desirous to know Gods Will
to have eternal life.
20:30-31, tells us "And many other signs
truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are
not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might
believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that
believing ye might have life through his name."
- Anxious to know for fear losing the only
opportunity of salvation. Acts
4:12 "Neither is there salvation in any
other: for there is none other name under heaven given among
men, whereby we must be saved."
2:12-13 "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have
always, obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more
in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do
of his good pleasure."
- The habitual or steady routine, rule, or
discipline of study.
- Luke wrote in Acts
17:11 "These [Bereans, JHB] were
more noble than those in Thessaloniaca, in that they received
the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures
daily, whether those things were so."
- It is only by a regular study of Gods
Word that we are able to know God and keep His commandments.
John 2:3-6 "And hereby we do know that
we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I
know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and
the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him
verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we
are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself
also so to walk, even as he walked."
- This denotes a painstaking effort of giving
close attention to what God has said and in the execution
or performance of it.
- This implies that we give careful consideration
as to whether or not that word which we study is that inspired
Word of God and not a perverted imitation put forth by man.
- The Holy Spirit was to see that the Lords
apostles followed this word exactly after His death.
- Paul wrote in II
Timothy 3:16-17 "All scripture is given
by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished
unto all good works."
- Paul warned the Galatians about following
a different gospel [Galatians
- Not pretentious, but ready to accept that
which God has said without any changes or assertive modifications.
Comment: Christ set this idea before his disciples in His
example of prayer, Luke
. Thy will be done, as in heaven,
so on earth." Because Christ knows that "Forever,
O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven" Psalms
1:21-22 "Wherefore lay apart all filthiness
and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness
the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But
be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your
Comment: "Receive with
meekness the engrafted word". The one studying the Word
of God should do so with the humble purpose of discovering what
God has said and doing it. The disposition of ones character
in regards to study should be like that of a child as the Lord
said in Matthew
Verily I say unto you, except
ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not
enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall
humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest
in the kingdom of heaven. And who so shall receive one such
little child in my name receiveth me."
Peter 1:20-21 "Knowing this first, that
no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
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."
- David wrote in Psalms
143:10 "Teach me to do thy will: for thou
art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness."
- A CLOSER LOOK AT THE FIRST LETTER OF EACH
OF THESE SIX THINGS TO HELP US STUDY CORRECTLY IN OUR SEARCH
FOR TRUTH WILL SPELL OUT THE WORD:
S E A R C H
- OUR STUDY OF GODS WORD WILL BE MORE
REVEALING OF HIS DIVINE TRUTH WHEN OUR STUDY INVOLVES:
- How seriously we study Gods
- How earnestly we are in desiring
- How anxiously we desire the direction
of Gods Word to receive salvation.
- How regularly we are in our study
to gain this knowledge.
- How carefully we put into execution
the performance of Gods Word.
- How humbly we are in submission
to what Gods Word has said.
- HOW DO YOU S E A R C H THE SCRIPTURES?
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