Learn to USE your Bible - Week One - Day One 💕
Every Believer Wants To Understand God’s Word.
Some Believers believe “Understanding the Bible is too difficult for me?”
They ask, “Where Do I Start?”
Begin at the beginning!
Of course! And if the Bible were just another book you could start at page one in Genesis, and continue reading to the end of Revelation. Then, when you reached the last chapter and verse, you could assume your need to read was finished until the next time – next month or next year – that you felt the need to read it again.
Normally that would be fine, but the Bible is NOT just any book! It is not a novel, although there are many riveting stories found between its covers. It is not just a history book, even though the whole story of man-kind, and the nation of Israel, has been recorded there.
No – the Bible is:
Inspired by God – or God breathed
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living, 2 Timothy 3:16
Alive and active –
The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
A lamp and a light
Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path. Psalm 119:195
The Sword of the Spirit
And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you. Ephesians 6:17
For these reasons you can approach the Bible as Words from God, knowing it will divide your thoughts, and emotions, teach you how to live right in God’s sight, correct your faults and show you all the truth. By the grace of God, with the Bible to light your path, you can bring your thoughts and desires in line with God’s will for your life.
In one translation the Bible says:
“So overflowing is his kindness toward me that he took away all my sins through the blood of his Son, by whom we are saved; and he has showered down upon me the richness of his grace – for how well he understands me and knows what is best for me at all times. Ephesians 1:7-8 The Living Bible
The Bible Is God’s Timeless Truth
In Exodus we find God telling Moses:
…, I am who I am. You must tell them: The one who is called I AM has sent me to you. Exodus 3:14
God did not say I was. He did not say I will be. Thousands of years ago God called himself I AM. Yesterday God was I AM. At this moment God is I AM. Five minutes from now God will still be I AM. Thousands of years from now God will still be I AM.
In Revelation we find Jesus Christ telling John:
“I AM the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End… He Who is and Who was and Who is to come…” Revelation 1:8 AMP
The Bible Is God’s Covenant With Mankind
A Covenant is a binding agreement, treaty or alliance, between two parties – in the case of your Bible a divine ordinance with signs or pledges between God and man.
The Old Covenant or Old Testament records the history of God’s agreement with his chosen people, the children of Israel. From the beginning of time God made promises and gave guidance through his appointed messengers, the prophets. From the beginning there were consequences for man’s failures in their dealings with God. Yet we know God loves and forgives and has made provision for our salvation – through his Son, Jesus Christ.
All that may be known about Jesus Christ is hidden in the Law and the Prophets.
The Old Testament is Jesus Christ concealed.
“And he said to them, “O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 27:25-27
The New Covenant or New Testament contains eye-witness accounts of one man’s life on earth, his death at the hands of the religious zealots of the day, and the earth-shattering, world-changing, never-ending results of his resurrection from the dead. Jesus of Nazareth, born in a manger, hanged on a cross, seated at God’s right hand remains 100 per cent God and 100 per cent man.
The New Testament is Jesus Christ revealed.
And there are also many other things which Jesus did. If they should be all recorded one by one [in detail], I suppose that even the world itself could not contain (have room for) the books that would be written. John 21:25
God made his NEW Covenant with you and me – the believers and followers of Jesus Christ.
In Mark’s Gospel [The Good News about Jesus] we read:
“Then he took a cup, gave thanks to God, and handed it to them; and they all drank from it. Jesus said,
‘This is my blood which is poured out for many, my blood which seals God’s covenant. I tell you, I will never again drink this wine until the day I drink the new wine in the Kingdom of God.’” Mark 14:23-25
Begin At The Beginning
For this reason – we will start our exploration of God’s Word at the beginning…of our NEW Covenant… with Christ; because it is critical that you see him as he IS. Here and now in your life today.
Later you can look into who he was, in the Old Testament, and who he will be in the future with a study of Revelation and Prophecy.
The purpose for dividing this series into weekly segments is to equip you with the tools necessary to live the full, rich and satisfying life Jesus promised his followers:
Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.
John 10:9-11 New Living Translation
In order to accomplish this goal it will be necessary to cultivate a new way of thinking and talking – the new nature Paul wrote about in his letter to the church at Ephesus.
… be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],
And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:21-22 AMP
The Bible tells us:
“as a person thinks” [their everyday mental attitude] “so he IS.” Proverbs 23:7 AMP
In Matthew 12:34 and Luke 6:45 we find Jesus telling the religious leaders of his day
“the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
For the Believer this means a new nature dependent entirely upon filling the heart and mind with positive, Christ-like thoughts and the mouth with positive, uplifting words. Everything needed to accomplish this can be found in God’s Word – The Holy Bible.