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…a Bible student's notes…

Did you make a goal to be approved by God this year?

Let me past here a familiar verse, but from the Basic Bible English:  

2Ti 2:15 –Let it be your care to get the approval of God, as a workman who has no cause for shame, giving the true word in the right way.
 2Ti 2:15  – Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.  (NASB)

You know the verse begins with “study” in the King James Version, but  “be diligent” is a proper, understandable translation because study is work.  Or is it!?  Let me tell you that when you desire the “approval of God” more than anything else, ANYTHING, you dig in with all your might.  AND, when you know your future position in the coming age (kingdom) depends upon studying, you delight in gathering your tools for understanding.     Pr 25:2 ¶ It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

But many people study and do not “receive” the Word.  I will past some scriptures about receiving and searching for you:

“RECEIVE MY WORDS…”

“…if you seek it (commandments, wisdom, and understanding) like silver and search for it as for hidden treasure – then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”   -From Proverbs 2:1-6

 “…the knowledge of God’s mystery is Christ, in Whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge…”   Colossians 2: 2, 3

 “…the unsearchable riches of Christ.”    Ephesians 3:8  (“Unsearchable” does not mean you cannot know, because – compare this next verse.)

 2Co 11:3(KJV) But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

 Pr 3:13 – How blessed is the man who finds (“obtains by seeking” – JFB) wisdom, And the man who gains (literally, “draws out, as metals by digging JFB) understanding.

 14 For its profit is better than the profit of silver, And its gain than fine gold.

 15 She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.

 16 Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor.

 17 Her ways are pleasant ways, And all her paths are peace.

 18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.  (NASB

 “…the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.  2 Cor. 4:6

 Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” (They had rejected knowledge.)

Now, I will list some “musts” and then some suggestions:

The Bible will present “defining” verses.  (You must let scripture define itself.  i.e. “Grace.”   2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  “Grace” is God’s sufficient power in our infirmities and weaknesses to be strong in obedience and endurance to Him.  In context, satan is buffeting Paul to keep him from exalting himself because of the revelations he has received from the Lord – but it is the Lord’s permission allowing it!  And, verse 10 reveals the result:  “CONTENTMENT IN WEAKNESSES, MISTREATMENT, INSULTS, DISTRESSES, PERSECUTIONS, AND DIFFICULTIES FOR CHRIST’S SAKE!  The popular definition – “God’s unmerited favor” – does not carry the Biblical connotation of our being weak and in need of strength.  Noah “found grace” in the eyes of the Lord because he had used God’s strength not to become contaminated with the “sons of god” intermarrying with the daughters of men.  The ONLY family on earth pleasing God!)

All New Testament doctrines are anti-types of the Old Testament types.

Scripture must be compared with Scripture for accurate understanding and assembly.  You must be able to fit – as one would a puzzle – each type, doctrine, and definition into the ONE interpretation.  “Know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter on one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”  2 Peter 1:20, 21

You will need to let go of the “traditions of men” in the use of some words with their meanings.

 You will need Bible Study Tools – 

          Word definitions

          Verb tenses

          Diaglott for word order

          Law of first mention

          Various translations

                   Develop the discipline of simply observing:

Pray, asking God for HELP! 

Read through the passage several (many) times!

 

◘ Mark repeated words, phrases, and concepts (color coding is a must! – and stay consistent)

 ◘ Use symbols to label words expressing time – be sure to include “then,” “after this,” “when,” etc.

◘ MARK words of contrast

 ◘ MARK words of comparison

 ◘ MARK words of conclusion – “therefore,” “finally,” etc.

 ◘ MARK  lists, i.e.: “…glory, power and honor”

 Look up Greek and Hebrew definitions and verb tenses (very important!).  Note these in margin or in a notebook set aside for Bible study.

 Look up the different ways the original words have been translated into English.

 List all you have learned about the key words and phrases you have marked.

 Go back through the passage listing “who,” “what,” “when,” “how,” and “where.”

THESE NEXT ONES ARE A MUST! 

(YOU MAY FIND THIS DIFFICULT AT FIRST.)

 Write out your own paraphrase of the verse or verses you have been studying, putting it into your own words with the best understanding you have at that particular time.

 Give the passage a summarizing three or four word title.

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January 6, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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