Suggestions for Studying the Bible

Respect the nature of the Bible. The Book being studied is unlike any other document—it is from God (2 Tim. 3:16-17)! It, therefore, deserves very careful and responsible attention.

Remember that the Bible can be understood. The Scriptures were written in such a way that everyone can search them and come to know the truth (Jn. 8:32; Acts 17:11). Accordingly, when one delves into a study of the Bible, he should expect to understand God’s will (Eph. 5:17).

Realize that the Bible must be properly divided. God’s word covers different covenant periods of biblical history. While all periods must be studied (Rom. 15:4), one must remember that man is now living in the Christian age and is thus amenable to Christ, not Moses, for example (Gal. 3:24-25).

Recognize the importance of an honest heart. The conscientious Bible student will not study God’s word in an attempt to justify false beliefs or immoral practices. Rather, he searches this Book with a desire to discover Truth and stands ready to make personal applications and changes in his own life so that he might please God (1 Thes. 2:13).

–Preston Silcox

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