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3/14/12 – “The Bible” V – Revelation

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY


Tuesday in the Truth

March 13, 2012

 

The Bible V

(Revelation)

Wednesday in the Word

March 14, 2012

The Bible V

(Revelation)

 

 

INTRODUCTION

  1. The Bible is designed to give the believer success and victory in life.
    1. I John 5:4 (KJV & The Amplified Bible)
      1. God intends for the believer to win in every situation [crisis, tragedy, and issue] in life.
    2. St. Matthew 4:1-11
      1. The word of God is the only weapon that is triumphant over the enemy’s ability.
      2. The application of the word of God [the Word that you know] provides believers with what we need to be successful in life.

 

  1.          I.            Powerful truths about the word of God
    1. No human would have contrived a standard (s) as high as the word of God.
      1. No husband would have written to love your wife like Christ loves the Church (Ephesians 5).
      2. No wife would have written to obey your husband (Ephesians 5).
      3. No teenager would have written that foolishness is bound (Proverbs 22:15).
      4. No rich man would have admitted that if he who trust in his riches shall fall (Proverbs 11:28).
      5. Standards validate God wrote the Book.
    2. The changes that occur from embracing the Bible verify God is the author and the Bible is a supernatural book.
      1. Drug addicts and alcoholics are delivered; perversions are changed; the un-submitted becomes submitted; non givers become givers.
    3. The very presence of the Bible changes atmospheres.
      1. The magnetism of the word of God is indescribable, irrefutable and unforgettable.
    4. The word of God is a master weapon provided to us by the Father to escape satanic strategies and snares.
      1. St. Matthew 4:11
      2. The word of God will solve every problem in the earth.
    5. The word of God is your success handbook.
  2.         II.            Guidelines for studying the Bible
    1. Begin with scriptures that are easy to understand.
      1. Suggested reading:
        1. New Testament – St. John; I John, II John and III John
        2. Old Testament: – Psalm and Proverbs
    2. Let the Bible interpret and prove itself (do not look for what you want to prove from the scriptures but look for what it says).
      1. The Bible is your success guide for life.
      2. The scriptures are designed for our learning of spiritual principles.
        1. Romans 15:4
        2. St. Matthew 11:28-29
        3. I Corinthians 10:11
    3. Understand the context of the Bible by examining the verses and the chapters before and after the scriptures you are studying.
      1. For example, if taken out of context, one can conclude from Judas’ betrayal of Jesus in St. John 13 and St. Matthew 27 to go and hang yourself and do it quickly.
    4. As much as possible, try to understand or research the original Hebrew (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament) to find the context and intent of the word.
      1. Examples the etymology of three words:
        1. Bad can have a negative connotation or a positive connotation.
        2. Grass can mean a lawn or marijuana.
        3. Gay can denote an emotion such as happiness or sexual orientation.
      2. There is a stark difference between a young woman with child and a virgin with child (a virgin with child is supernatural).
      3. Suggested resources: Vines Expository or Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance
    5. Ask questions of the text.
      1. God is not vague.  He clearly illustrates His point.
      2. God engrafts specificity in His word.  (Scripture reference – I Samuel 10:1-5)
    6. Ask what the scripture is not saying.
    7. Ask who this book is written to.
      1. Is this book written to sinners; or we under the law or the dispensation of grace; the New Testament or the Old Testament?
      2. Hebrews 8:6
    8. Ask who the writer is.
      1. Because each writer or contributor of the Bible has an individual perspective and flavor, you must achieve a balance by studying different writers.
        1. Isaiah 28:10
      2. For example, understanding the precept of water baptism:
        1. Acts 2:38
        2. St. Matthew 28:18-19
        3. In Acts, Peter is speaking; in St. Matthew are the words of Jesus.
    9. Ask who said it.
      1. The Bile is a historical documentation of what man said even though what is said may not be the truth.
        1. Job 13:15
    10. Understand the historical timeframe in which the scripture is written.
      1. Deuteronomy 22:5
      2. Deuteronomy 22:8
      3. Deuteronomy 22:11-12
    11. Base your study on the scriptures not on personal presumptions or preconceived ideas, whether yours’ or your family’s.  In other words, do not allow personal presumptions or preconceived ideas to influence your understanding or conclusion of the Bible.
    12. Do not form conclusions of the Bible based on partial facts or insufficient information (if God is establishing a principle or doctrine, He will speak it in more than one place in the Bible.  Doctrine and principles should not be established on standalone scriptures.
    13. Regardless of how strongly you feel do not accept anything but the Bible (let the Bible be the final word).

© 2012 George Matthews Ministries