Understanding Bible Scriptures

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Can I Understand The Bible ?

 

The simple answer is; Yes, you absolutely can understand the bible.  There are many people who share the view that understanding the bible is next to impossible for the average person.  But nothing could be farther from the truth.  Understanding bible scriptures entails not much more than just reading them and using some common sense.  The biggest problem with understanding the bible is that most people simply won’t take the time to read the bible.

 

And the problem isn’t that no one wants to read anymore.  Quite the contrary, everyone reads, and they read more often that you might think.  Sure, there are people who would rather sit in front of the TV, or in front of the computer playing video games, but the sales of E-Books for instance, is skyrocketing.  And downloads onto Kindles and other devices are increasing all the time too.  So people are reading, it’s just a matter of what they are reading.  The truth is that people’s interest in knowing the bible has dwindled to the point where they “don’t have time” for the bible.  Sadly, people’s interest in God, has dwindled to the point that they don’t have time for God!

 

 

Ignorance of God's word

 

 

 

Willfully Ignorant

 

There’s a verse of scripture in Hosea 4:6, that says,  “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.  Because you have rejected knowledge, I will reject you from serving as My priest.  Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.” 

 

It’s nothing new for people to not have time for God, or for God’s word, is it?  They’ve actually been doing it since the beginning of time, and they will do it until the end of time.  Solomon the “Preacher”, and the king of Israel wrote in Eccl 1:9,  “That which has been, is that which will be.  And that which has been done, is that which will be done.  So there is nothing new under the sun.” 

 

Solomon was pretty wise, wasn’t he?  He knew that rejecting knowledge, was rejecting God.  People are perishing every second of every day.  And they’re not only perishing physically, they’re perishing spiritually, because they’ve rejected God’s word.  That’s exactly what Satan wants, isn’t it?  For you and me, and everyone, to turn our backs on the bible, and say, “I just don’t have time”.

 

 

No Time for God

 

 

 

No Time For God

 

When we refuse to read God’s word, Satan wins the battle.  If we “don’t have time” for God, we’ll spend eternity with the devil.  Truly, Satan’s greatest weapon, is man’s ignorance of God’s word.  This life is very, very short.  Even if you live to be a hundred, “you are but  a vapor, that appears for a while, and then vanishes away”.  James 4:14 

 

No time in eternityEternity is hard to grasp.  We just can’t imagine what it will be like, for “right now”, to go on eternally.  You see, there’s no TIME in eternity, and so there’s no past, and no future, everything is right now.  But “right now” goes on eternally.  What will ETERNAL life be like?  What will eternal punishment be like?  I can’t imagine because all I’ve ever known is “time”.  Things for me, have always had a beginning, and have always had an end.  But that’s not so with eternity.  And I find that difficult to fully understand, don’t you?

 

 

 

Right NOW, is the time that God has given us.  If we don’t “make time”, for God now, there will be no time for God, in eternity.  There will only be “everlasting destruction, from the presence of the Lord, and the glory of His power”.  2 Thess 1:9

 

 

Knowledge Leads to Salvation

 

We’re told in 1 Tim 2;4, that God,  “Desires all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 

Romans 10;17 tells us that,  “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

 

There can be NO faith, without coming to the knowledge of the truth, by hearing the word of God.  It’s as simple as that.  If anyone thinks that they have faith, but does not know the word of God, they are mistaken.  “Faith comes by hearing the word of God”.  There is NO other way!

 

 

 

Washed by God's loveJesus Himself said, speaking of His Father,  “Thy word is truth”.  Jn 17:17  “Sanctify them in the truth”.  To sanctify, means to “purify”, and to “set apart”.  1 Cor 6:11  says,  “But you were washed, you were sanctified..”  That’s exactly what God does when He saves someone.  He “purifies” them by washing away their sins.   It’s the blood of Christ that washes those sins away.  Heb 9:22  tells us,  “..And without shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.”

 

 

 

Set apart, PeculiarBut “sanctify” also means to “set apart”.  When God saves someone, He “sets them apart”, by adding them to His church.  Acts 2:47  tells us,  “And God was adding to the church daily, those who were being saved.”   When you become a Christian, you become “different”.  You’re not like the rest of the world anymore.  God says,  in 1 Peter 2:9,  “But you are a “chosen race”,  a “royal priesthood”, a “holy nation”, a “peculiar people..”   Some bibles say, “a people for God’s own possession”. 

 

 

That’s why God says in 1 Cor 6:19-20,  “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are NOT your own?  For you have been bought with a  price (Christ’s blood); Therefore glorify God in your body.”  It takes a “peculiar” person, to glorify God by their conduct, while they live in this body.    A peculiar person, makes time for God’s word, both to read His word, and to live His word.

 

 

 God’s Word Brings Knowledge and Salvation

 

Fear of God, brings knowledgeYes, faith truly comes by HEARING the word of God.  And salvation comes by LIVING according to that faith.  Living your faith, is called “works” in the bible.  Please listen to this passage of scripture from the book of James…

 

 

 

 

Jas 2:14-20,  “What use it is my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but has no works?  Can that faith save him?  If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them; Go in peace, be warmed and be filled, and do not give to them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?  Even so, faith if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.  But someone will say; You have faith and I have works.  Show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith BY my works.” 

 

In other words, you can’t see someone’s faith, unless you see the works that are the natural result of that faith.  And so the writer says; “Show me your faith without the works”.. Go ahead and show me!

 

Now continuing in V-19,  “You believe there is one God, you do well; The demons also believe and tremble!  (the demons refuse to DO the woks, that God commands us to do.  they have every reason to tremble!)  But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?” 

 

 

Abraham, father of the faithfulAbraham is called “The father of the faithful”, and God holds him up as an example to us.  in V’s-21-23  it says,  “Was not Abraham, out father, justified by works, when he offered up Isaac his son on the alter?  (Gen chap 22)  You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected, and the scripture was fulfilled which says; And Abraham Believed God, And It Was Reckoned To Him As Righteousness…   and he was called, The Friend Of God.”

 

 

 

V-24  is a summation,  “You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith ALONE.”  And V-26  tells us,  “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”

 

 

Here’s What We’ve Learned

 

#1.  God requires you to have knowledge of His word

#2.  Some people are content to remain willfully ignorant of God’s word.  (Kind of like sticking your head in the sand)

#3.  God desires ALL to be saved.  That’s why He gave us His word of truth.

#4.  We can be sanctified by the word of truth.  That means to be purified, or washed of our sins, and it means to be set apart in His church.

#5.  The knowledge of His word can bring salvation, IF it is coupled with “works”.

#6.  The “works” that we must do, is to obey everything God has said.  (Just like Abraham did)

#7.  If we obey everything God has told us to do, then we will be justified (just like Abraham was justified), and our “belief” will be reckoned as righteousness.  (Righteousness IS the keeping of God’s commands)

 

You didn’t realize that we learned so much here today did you?

 

 

Did You Understand That ?

 

Listen, hear, and understand Gods wordNow it’s time to make a point.  How much of what we just read from the bible did you understand, and how much didn’t you understand?  Wasn’t it ALL easy enough to understand?  God didn’t talk in “riddles” or anything like that.  God’s word is very plain, and very straightforward.  Most people really need only the help of a “finger to guide them”, to know where to look in the bible, for the answers to their questions.  And that’s exactly what I hope to do here; to guide you to the verses of the bible that will answer all your spiritual questions. Here’s three things to remember about the bible.

 

 

 

 

#1.  The bible begins by telling of the creation of ALL things, including man.  And then it tells of man’s fall into sin, and his continual spiral downward, until the bible says, “Every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually”.  (Gen 6:5)  And then very quickly, it tells of the removal of sin from the world through the great flood.

 

 

#2.  Then the rest of the Old Testament tells of man’s continual refusal to listen to God’s word, and of God’s redeeming process that would be brought about through the nation of Israel.  And it predicts the coming Messiah, who would eventually save the people of their sins.  It gives us many stories that serve to teach us about God’s nature, and about man’s nature.  And these stories serve as examples to us.  Some serve as examples for us to follow, and some as examples of what not to follow.

 

 

#3.  Then the New Testament tells of the arrival of that Messiah, who is Jesus the Christ.  (Christ and Messiah mean the same thing.  Messiah is Hebrew, and Christ is Greek)  And within the pages of the New Testament, God explains in detail, What we MUST DO to be saved.  That’s it. It’s really quite simple.  God’s only request is that we hear the word, believe the word, and obey the word.

 

“For He has told you O man, what is good.  And what does He require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”  Micah 6:8

 

 

God Wants To Save Us

 

God wants us all to have faith.  Faith comes by hearing His word.  But faith ALONE will only give you reason to tremble.  But faith that you SHOW by the keeping of what God tells you, is the faith that will lead you to being saved.

 

Remember the questions in Jas 2:14,  “What use is it my brethren if a man says he has faith, but has no works?  Can that faith save him? 

And do you remember the command in 1 Cor 6:20,  “Therefore glorify God in your body.”   That’s right, that’s a command, it’s not just some “off the cuff” statement, it’s a command from God.  Glorify God in your body.  There’s only one way to glorify God in your body, and that’s to DO what He says to do, while you are alive on this earth. 

 

 

YOU Can Understand The Bible

 

Can I understand the bible?  The answer is YES, I can understand it, and YOU can understand it.  Understanding bible scriptures is really nothing  more than reading God’s word, and believing it.   And we both can DO what God tells us to do, if we have faith.  But then again, faith comes by hearing the word of God.  If we won’t take the time to read the bible, and to listen to the bible, how can we expect to understand it and come to faith?

 

 

Take Time for God

 

 

My prayer is that everyone will TAKE the time to know God’s word, and to LIVE that word.  Thank you so much for being here and considering these things.  If you have any questions or comments, please let me know by going to the comment area below.  May God bless you in your study of His word.

 

 

 

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  1. Yes I guess “No time for God” or “too busy to go to church” are the most common excuses. I have to admit that myself. Somebody told me once: you can not “find” time to go to church…you have to “make” time.

    1. We have to make time for anything don’t we? And we do make time for whatever it is that’s interests us. That’s what priorities are all about. If the worlds riches are our priority, then that’s what we spend our time chasing. And the bible asks, “What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul”. Mathew 16:26. “Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (same verse) What would you personally give in exchange for your soul? Would you give all your time to the world? Or would you give some time to God, if He would give life to your soul? These are important thoughts aren’t they? We all need to make time to think. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting, Jim.

  2. Hi Jim,

    I was never a Christian, I was a born a Taoist and decided to pick up Buddhism in my teen. These days, I would say I’m spiritual rather than religious.

    Nevertheless, it is important to understand your faith whichever religion you belong to. I’ve seen people who only scrape the surface of their faith and became fanatics based on that. The world would be a better place if people spend time to connect with their religion or higher self.

    Kenny.

    1. Thanks for your comment Kenny. Could you tell me about what a Taoist is? I agree with you about being spiritual, but being spiritual automatically suggests that you believe in a supreme being or power of some sort, and so we must know something about the supreme being that we believe in, or at least have some beliefs about that being or that power. Would you comment please?

      1. Jim.

        Taoism originates from China., where people believe in various deities. It believes in reincarnation, hell and heaven.

        The concept of supreme being never existed in Buddhism. The Buddha doesn’t acknowledge himself as one, nor does he proclaimed there is one. (I would prefer to leave it at that, as the debate of scriptures will go on forever).

        I admire your faith in Christianity and appreciate your time in studying the Bible. People seldom do that these days. What I would say is about spirituality.

        Spirituality is never about believing a supreme being or any concept of creation(at least to me). For me, it’s about having found a higher purpose in life (for me it’s about helping others). And I can do that without having to say I’m doing this because of I’m a Buddhist or Taoist. I don’t really like labeling myself with anything.

        It’s about knowing that we are all connected to the universe with energy. It’s about attracting what we believe and do. It’s knowing there’s much to life than the routine making money, paying bills, and having a family.

        That is spirituality for me.

        Kenny.

        1. I love your comment and your explanation of a Taoist and of spirituality. I have to leave for work right now, but would like to reply to your comment later. please come back tonight. Thanks, Jim.

  3. Hi Jim,
    Like many others, it has been quite a long time since I have opened my bible or entered the church. I was raised catholic, went to catholic school and so on… As I watch my 3 children grow, I’ve often pondered with my wife about being more active with our local church. Reading your post reaffirmed for me that it is indeed something I need to do.
    Jason

    1. Jason, thank you for your comment. You’re a baseball coach, right? Well allow me to speak very frankly. If you coach your kids and all the other kids in the neighborhood, and they become great at baseball, but you haven’t coached them in the things of God, what has it profited either you, or them? I don’t mean to sound cruel or harsh, or anything like that. But The bible says, “What would it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” Thanks for being there for the kids, they surely need your support and the support of all of us. But they need the knowledge of God’s word even more. May God bless you in all that’s good.

  4. Hi Jim. I’m not into reading too much in the since that I will sit there every day and read one chapter after another of the Bible. But my girlfriend will tell you, “Ask him about Bible phrase and he will tell you exactly where in the Bible you can find it.”

    Well maybe not all the time, but I after years of studying it, I know my way around a little, and I have forged my opinon about it.

    In fact, I’m more a studying guy. I believe that words are like food that feed the soul. And some words are junk food while others are really nourishing and contribute to our health and growth.

    It all comes up at what voice you are listening to. Is it the voice of God, your own, or someone else’s?

    I think that the choice of Bible translation can help also to motivate someone to read or not. Take the King James version for instance. No doubt that it is a very faithful one. But it is old English that most people these can barely understand.

    Keep the faithfulness of the message but put it in moremodern everyday terms and you run the chance to have more readers. What’s the use to have a book if it is a struggle to understand each line of it.

    I have a lot of different Bible translations on my shelves. And if I never took a look at other translations and compare them to get the core message of the text was designed to say, I think I would have gave up a long time ago.

    The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life!

    Thanks for being there Jim,

    And God bless

    1. Hello Guy, and thank you for leaving your comments. I think it’s fantastic that you will read so much of the bible. That’s certainly what it takes to come to faith. I’d like to comment on forging our opinions though. We all need to be very careful about having our own opinions when it comes to God’s word. Opinions are what cause division. All I want to urge you to do, is to take God’s word for exactly what it says, no more and no less, and then we will have God’s opinion, which after all, is the only opinion that matters.

      I know what you mean about the King James version, but I really think that after someone reads it more, and gets used to the older English words and phrases, it’s quite easy to understand. I will say that there are many newer versions that do NOT stick to the original meaning of the text, so we need to be very careful when reading different versions. The translators have translated the bible in a way that suits there preconceived doctrinal views, and they haven’t been totally honest with the meanings of some of the words or phrases. I have found the New American Standard to be a very good translation, but yet it too does has some drawbacks. Some of it’s words are better translated like the KJV has it. And the same goes for the KJV, some of it’s words are better translated in the NASB. The American Standard of 1901 is an excellent translation, but not many people know about it any more.

      But if you really want to get to the original meaning, you really have to go back to the original Greek. A Greek to English interlinear is a great study tool. A good online interlinear is found on Bible Hub Interlinear .com. I use this very often if there’s any question about the true meaning of a verse, or of a word.

      But reading the bible is a must for everyone. Everyone doesn’t know that though, people think that it doesn’t matter if they know the bible or not. but God has told us, through the words of Jesus, “The words that I have spoken to you, will judge you in the last day”. If the words of God will judge us, then we had better know them, don’t you think? That’s why we’ve got to get the word in front of people as often as possible. Thanks again, and may God bless you as you study His word.

  5. Yes, I too am guilty of this. I consider myself a Christian, but have not been to church in I don’t know how long. I keep my bible in my bedside nightstand. But it probably has some dust on it. I keep telling myself that I will be better. Reading this post and woke me up, and it is time I take a little more action.

    1. Hello ma’am, and thanks for your visit to the site and for your comment. Sometimes we can all get too comfortable enjoying God’s blessings that we all receive, everyday, and not really think about what God wants us to do in return. Truth is, we get so involved with this physical life, that we forget all about the spiritual side of things. I’ve said this many times over, but this physical life is nothing more than time allotted to us by God, to prepare for eternity. It’s a sobering thought that Jesus said, “The words that I have spoken to you, will judge you in the last day”. John 12;48. If I can ever help you with anything biblical or spiritual, please let me know. If we can get people to draw closer to God, through this website, then we’ve done well. May God bless you, Jim.

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