How to Study
and Understand It
Study of the Scriptures
Christ say to the Jews concerning the study of the Scriptures?
the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they
are they which testify of Me." John 5:39
2. For what
were the Bereans commended?
were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word
with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether
those things were so." Acts 17:11.
NOTE.-"If God's Word were studied as it should be," says a modern
Bible student, "men would have a breadth of mind, a nobility of
character , and a stability of purpose that are rarely seen in these times. But there is little benefit
derived from a hasty reading of
the Scriptures. One may read the whole Bible through, and yet fail to see
its beauty or comprehend its deep and hidden meaning. One passage studied
until its significance is clear to the mind and its relation to the plan
of salvation is evident, is of more value than the perusal of many
chapters with no definite purpose in view, and no positive instruction
3. By what
comparison is it indicated that some portions of God's Word are more
difficult to understand than others?
when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you
again which be the first principles of the oracles
of God; and are
become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat." Heb.
4. In what
way is this comparison further explained?
"For every one that useth
milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But
strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who
by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and
evil." Verses 13,14.
writings are specifically mentioned as containing some things
difficult to understand?
"And account that the long-suffering of our
Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also
according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; as also in
all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are
some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and
unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own
destruction." 2 Peter 3:15,16.
scriptures are too plain to be misunderstood, while the meaning of
others cannot so readily be discerned. To obtain a comprehensive
knowledge of any Bible truth, scripture must be compared with scripture,
and there should be " careful research and prayerful
reflection." But all such study will be richly rewarded.
6. Who alone
comprehends the things of God?
what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in
him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of
God." 1 Cor. 2:11.
thoroughly does the Spirit search out the. hidden treasures of truth?
hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all
things, yea, the deep things of God." Verse 10.
8. What is
one purpose for which the Holy Spirit was sent?
the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My
name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your
remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto
9. Why cannot
the natural man receive the things of the Spirit?
natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are
foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are
spiritually discerned." 1 Cor. 2:14.
10. For what
spiritual enlightenment should every one pray?
Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy
law." Ps. 119:18.
11. For what
spiritual gift did the apostle Paul pray?
the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the
spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him." Eph.
12. Upon what
conditions is an understanding of divine things promised?
thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice f or understanding;
if thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid
treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find
the knowledge of God." Prov. 2:3-5.
great blessing did Christ confer upon His disciples after His
opened He their understanding, that
they might understand the Scriptures." Luke 24:45.
beings of a higher order than man desire to study the truths revealed in
the gospel of Christ?
things the angels desire to look into." 1 Peter 1:12.
What is promised him who wills to do God's will?
"lf any man
will [willeth to, R. V.] do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether
it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself.'? John 7:17.
16. How did
Christ reprove those who, though familiar with the letter of the
Scriptures, failed to understand them?
answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures,
nor the power of God." Matt. 22:29.
17. What are
the Scriptures able to do for one who believes them?
that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able
to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ
Jesus." 2 Tim. 3:15.
asked by the rich young man the conditions of eternal life, to what did
Jesus direct his attention?
unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?" Luke
19. Whom did
Jesus pronounce blessed?
said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep
it." Luke 11:28.
did Christ say concerning the book of Daniel?
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation spoken
of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let
him understand)." Matt. 24:15.
other book of the Bible is especially commended for our study?
"Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of
this prophecy [the book of Revelation], and keep those things which
are written therein: for the time is at hand." Rev. 1:3.
It is one
thing to read the Bible through,
Another thing to read to learn and do.
Some read it with design to learn to read,
But to the subject pay but little heed.
Some read it as their duty once a week,
But no instruction from the Bible seek;
While others read it with but little care,
With no regard to how they read, nor where.
Some read to bring themselves into repute,
By showing others how they can dispute;
While others read because their neighbors do,
To see how long 'twill take to read it through.
Some read it for the wonders that are there,–
How David killed a lion and a bear;
While others read it with uncommon care,
Hoping to find some contradictions there.
Some read as if it did not speak to them,
But to the people at Jerusalem.
One reads with father's specs upon his head,
And sees the thing just as his father said.
Some read to prove a pre-adopted creed,
Hence understand but little that they read;
For every passage in the book they bend.
To make it suit that all-important end.
Some people read as I have often thought,
To teach the book instead of being taught;
And some there are who read it out of spite.
I fear there are but few who read it right.
But read it prayerfully, and you will see,
Although men contradict, God's words agree;
For what the early Bible prophets wrote,
We find that Christ and His apostles quote.
So trust no creed that trembles to recall
What has been penned by one and verified by all.
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