Sunday, 22 October 2017

How do we understand Scripture?


1. The Holy Spirit reveals a new revelation to us.
    Even after reading the same passage many times, we can still get a new understanding
    through a new revelation from The Holy Spirit. 1Corinthians 2:10-14
    'We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God
     that we may understand what God has freely given us... '

     The Holy Spirit always points to Jesus. John 5:39
      'You diligently study the Scriptures because you
      think that by them you possess eternal life.
      These are the Scriptures that testify about me,
      yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

      John 14:26 Talks about the Holy Spirit teaching us and reminding us of everything
      Jesus has said

2. We Search
    Joshua 1:9 ... you should meditate on (the Word) day and night, so that
    you may be careful to do everything written in it ...

3. We discuss and reason the Scripture
    Acts 17:2-4 The church in Thessalonica was built in 3 weeks. Paul was reasoning
    with the people and explaining the Scriptures on 3 Sabbaths. They were persuaded
    and the church grew. Reading Acts together with Thessaloynians is very helpful.

4. By human help.
    Sometimes God will use people to help us understand His Word.
    Acts 8 Phillip was sent by God to explain the Scriptures to the Ethiopian man.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Describing Scripture


How is Scripture described? 

1. Scripture is authoritative.
     Jesus used Scripture to defeat Satan during the temptation (Matthew 4:1-11)
     Jesus rebuked demons. 
     The amour of God passage reminds us that the Word is the SWORD of the Spirit.(Ephesians 6:17)

2. Scripture is Inspired 
     There are many people who put the words on paper but God is the one who
      inspired it all. 
      Scripture is God breathed (2 Timothy 3:16)

3. The Word of God is sharper than a double edged sword. 
    It can penetrate to the heart (Hebrews 4:12) 
    Think of a knife: A sharp knife slices a tomato precisely but a blunt knife mashes it. 

4. The Word of God is Pure
    It is complete and flawless. Take it as is. It needs no polishing.
    It is not open to compromise or negotiations .
    Proverbs 30:5, Psalm 18:30, 2 Samuel 22:31

Let's dig deeper into the Bible and completely trust that it is God's Word.