I Want to Know the Bible! Do You?

by Lee Buford on August 10, 2010

I want to know the Bible. I want to truly understand it…to really “get it”.

I’ve said this before. In fact I’ve been quasi-committed to various Bible reading plans and study outlines over the years in an effort to accomplish my goal. What I’ve learned, however, is that I’m never going to know or grasp it without putting in the proper effort.

There are many great sources from which to gain a better understanding. Sermons, commentaries, books, pastors, and seminaries are all great options. But the one non-optional source is the Bible itself…the Spirit-inspired Word of God.

I’m amazed at how often I, and others, seek the knowledge and understanding of God and His Word without spending the bulk of our time with the one true resource from which all answers are derived… with Him, in His Word. We fail to put in the effort it takes to obtain a deeper understanding, and we settle for an elementary knowledge of our Lord and Savior.

The following quotes, shared by Tabletalk Magazine, speak directly to this issue:

“Labor for the knowledge of the Most High.”– William Gurnall

“Knowledge of the Bible never comes by intuition.”– J. C. Ryle

If you and I are going to “get it” we are going to have to “labor” for it…to do the hard work and put in the time, both in the Word and on our faces before Him.

It is the only way!


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Jenifer December 4, 2015 at 1:27 am

(Cont)So, here’s the point. Okay two points. First, I like tslnraations that stick with ‘God Breathed’ because we read back in our definition of “inspired” when we look at that verse. The word ‘inspired’ makes people think that the Bible authors were inspired the same way musicians are inspired. Conversely, it makes people think that when they “feel inspired” by God, or when “God speaks through me” that it has the same level authority of that of the Scripture, and it just doesn’t. Second, when Paul uses that word he is acknowledging that God did something special and unique to bring about what we call the Old Testament. Not just the prophetic works, or the Theological works, or the poetic works but all of it. He is claiming that, knowing or not, what was written down was what the Holy Spirit intended to be written down. The prophets heard from God directly so it’s easy to say “inspired.” But the guy who recorded all the boring lineage stuff inspired too- or rather, God-breathed. So, back to the original question did Paul know that what he was writing was inspired? Based on the above, can I change the question to, “Did Paul know that what he was writing was God-Breathed?” I think saying it that way differentiates it from when we say things like, “I was prompted by the Holy Spirit”, or “God was speaking through me.” My opinion, is No, but I don’t really have a problem with Yes either. In the same way the lineage guy was merely writing “so-and-so begat so-and-so” I think Paul was merely (!!) writing letters of encouragement and instruction and explanation to people who believe that Jesus is the Messiah. In both cases the words in those letters also happened to be the words that the Holy Spirit “super-intended” to be written down.


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