How to Understand the Bible Part 2 of 2
- welcome the word with a HUMBLE (WELCOMING) heart (James 1:21)
- Welcome the Word with meekness.
- Meekness is a teachable spirit.
- To be meek is to be teachable.
- God wants to take us under His control and make us sensitive to His commands.
- That is a meek spirit; a receptive spirit.
- If you want to learn the Word of God, ask yourself these questions:
- Are you clean?
- Are you meek?
- Do you have a teachable spirit?
John 7:17 – If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.
- It is the will that must be surrendered. Not primarily the mind but the heart, the will.
- welcome the word with a RECEPTIVE spirit (james 1:22)
James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
- Once we get our hearts clean and surrender our will, we then obey what God tells us, if we would understand the Word of God.
- If we do not respond to what we hear, then we are self-deceived.
- The problem with many people in our churches today is that they never apply what they hear.
- They are like a sponge.
- They sit, soak and sour.
- We must give out what comes in.
- The Lord Jesus calls the person who hears the truth but doesn’t act on it a fool.
Matthew 7:26 – But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand
Luke 11:28 – But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
- It is not enough to simply hear.
- The best way to understand the part of the Bible you don’t understand is to obey the part you do understand.
Mark 4:25 – For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him
- Why should God show anyone more truth until they have acted upon the truth that God has already shown them?
- A study of the Bible gives us knowledge about God; obedience gives us knowledge of God.
- Obedience makes God real to us.
John 14:21 – He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and [a]manifest Myself to him
- If we don’t keep His commandments, then we don’t love Jesus.
- When we love Jesus, then we shall be loved by the Father.
- welcome the word with a MEDITATIVE spirit (james 1:23-25)
- In this passage, James calls the Bible a mirror. It reflects.
- When we go to the Bible and look at the Bible, it looks back at us.
- We see ourselves in the Word of God.
- A mirror shows us ourselves.
- Read the Bible with a meditative spirit; let the Bible read you.
- James imagines two people in this passage:
- He imagines one person who just glances in the mirror.
- James 1:24 – for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
- Some people are too casual in their study of the Word of God.
- They just glance in the mirror and then go their way.
- They are like the man who just glances in the mirror and never straightens his tie, never combs his hair or gets the smudge off; he just goes his way.
- The other type of person does not give a casual glance but a careful gaze.
- James 1:25 – But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
- The word here for “look” means a careful gaze; it means to look penetratingly into the Word of God.
- This is the same word used to describe John at the resurrection when he and the other disciple came to the tomb and the stone had been rolled away. John 20:5
- John did not give a glance; he looked with all intensity possible.
- When we study the Word of God, we need to bring our heart, mind and everything to it.
- If we will receive the Word with a repentant spirit, a receptive spirit, a responsive spirit, and a reflective spirit, then it will burst aflame in our lives.
- Psalm 119:105 – Your wordis a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
- If you want to understand the Bible, then you need to know the Author of the Bible.