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Keys of Understanding. How to Unlock The Treasures of Scripture. Royce P. Bell 2006-0219 MV Church, SB v2 2005-0522 MV Church, SB 2001-0204 MV Church, SB. 2 Timothy 2:14-15.

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keys of understanding

Keys of Understanding

How to UnlockThe Treasures of Scripture

Royce P. Bell

2006-0219 MV Church, SBv2 2005-0522 MV Church, SB2001-0204 MV Church, SB

2 timothy 2 14 15
2 Timothy 2:14-15...

“14 Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”

the approved workman
The Approved Workman...
  • Diligent, showing personal sense of obligation
    • Dedication
    • Prayer
    • Consistency
  • Handles the Word of God correctly
  • Has no need of shame
romans 11 33 36
Romans 11:33-36

“33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34 For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has became his counselor? 35 Or who has first given to him that it might be paid back to him again? 36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.”

respect god
Respect God
  • Unsearchable judgments
    • Incomprehensible ways
    • Not subject to human counsel, indebtedness
  • He is the summum genus of all things...
    • From Him - as originator
    • Through Him - as sustainer
    • Unto Him - as object
  • Worthy of praise, glory
respect the context
Respect the Context
  • “Context, fr. com-, together+texere, weave, thus that which goes with (con-) the text to form meaning or influence.
  • Forms of Context
    • Immediate - “5 vss before, 5 vss after”
    • Extended - the book, author & cultural factors, including vocabulary patterns
    • Broad - the entire Word of God, and governing historical/geographical factors
seek the full counsel of god s word
Seek the Full CounselOf God’s Word
  • Nothing is taught by “proof-texting”
    • Even Satan quoted scripture!
  • God’s full counsel is discovered in…
    • What is actually said
    • Parallel passages that expand, clarify
    • Related themes that cast light on the meaning, eg. the nature of God
    • Consistency with other truths
interpret scripture with scripture
Interpret ScriptureWith Scripture
  • Have confidence in the inspiration of the scriptures - 2 Timothy 3:16; cf. 2 Peter 1:21, “men…spoke from God”
  • Use the words of scripture (generally, translators are experts in word usage)
  • Seek the simplest meaning consistent with other scriptures, eg. “faith”
  • Never base your faith on obscurity!
interpret literally unless the figurative is essential
Interpret Literally, Unless The Figurative is Essential
  • Two important principles
    • The figurative is intended to simplify and clarify, not mystify
    • The figurative rests upon the literal
  • Clear teaching, not hidden meaning
  • Literary style - historical, prophetic, proverbial, biographical, didactic, poetic, epistolary
look for one meaning
Look for One Meaning
  • Understand the author’s intent
  • Don’t twist scripture to fit theory
    • Opinionation ~> Regimentation
    • Stagnation ~> Condemnation!
      • “Pray it, because I say it!”
  • Approach prophecy with care, looking for Divine fulfillment to interpret
  • Be wary of those who “preach it, whichever way you read it”
  • Pray for wisdom!
you can unlock the treasures of scripture

You Can Unlock the Treasures of Scripture

With Diligence

In Prayer

Determined to Obey