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How Can We Understand This Holy Book?. Ever felt like the eunuch? Acts 8:26-31 Must come to know and live by its teachings. James 1:21-25 Abide by the new covenant. Heb. 8:8-13 “Hermeneutics” are not really that complicated. Two Fundamental Concepts.

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How can we understand this holy book


Two fundamental concepts
Two Fundamental Concepts

  • Approach it as God’s word. 2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Thes. 2:13; Rev. 1:1a

  • Come with a commitment to obedience.

    • 1 Cor. 14:37; 2 Thes. 1:8; Matt. 7:21-27


Being inspired means
Being Inspired Means…

  • Every part is important.

    • 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Psalm 119:160

  • It will not contradict itself.

    • Not so in men’s writings.

    • Romans 4:5; James 2:21

    • Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:12; 16:33


Being inspired means1
Being Inspired Means…

  • Every part is important.

  • It will not contradict itself.

  • Scripture will interpret Scripture.

    • “This is what….” Acts 2:16

    • Do comparative studies. Eph. 5:18, 19; Col. 3:16

    • Cf. John 13:14 to remainder of Scripture.


It is to be obeyed
It Is to Be Obeyed

  • Read seeking God’s will.

    • Matthew 7:24, 25, 21

    • You can find it. John 7:16, 17

    • Ephesians 3:3-5

  • He communicates in a simple way.

    • “Clean your room.”

    • Show them how to clean.


It is to be obeyed1
It Is to Be Obeyed

  • Read seeking God’s will.

  • He communicates in a simple way.

    • “Clean your room.”

    • Show them how to clean.

    • “If this room is not clean….”

    • That’s command, example, and necessary inference (inescapable conclusion).


It is to be obeyed2
It Is to Be Obeyed

  • Read seeking God’s will.

  • He communicates in a simple way.

    • “That’s command, example, and necessary inference (inescapable conclusion).

    • God “issues orders.” 1 Cor. 14:37, 34, 35; Acts 17:30, 31; Col. 3:9

    • Study the approved examples. 1 Cor. 11:1

    • Watch for implications. Matt. 19:3-6

      • Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:12; 18:8; Rom. 6:4


Use common sense
Use Common Sense

  • Define the words.

  • Pay attention to context.

    • “The parts of a discourse that surround a word or passage and can throw light on its meaning.” “The interrelated conditions in which something exists or occurs.”

    • What does “baby” mean?


Use common sense1
Use Common Sense

  • Pay attention to context.

    • Who said it?

    • To whom was it said?

    • Under what circumstances?

    • Subject under discussion?

  • Knowing the context.


Use common sense2
Use Common Sense

  • Pay attention to context.

  • Knowing the context.

    • Read the surrounding material in the Bible.

    • Commentaries, encyclopedias, etc. can be helpful, especially with historical and political settings.

    • But Bible study is the key.


Conclusion
Conclusion

  • With effort the Bible can be read and understood. 2 Tim. 2:15; Eph. 3:4; John 7:17

    • Know that it is inspired and to be obeyed.

    • Allow God to teach you by command, example, and inference.

    • Approach context as you would in everyday life.

  • Do you understand your need to be baptized?