3 Steps to Understanding the Bible

There are times in our lives when things get blurry and out of focus. Whether it’s a lack of clarity in major decisions, relationships or direction in life, sometimes it can be difficult to see the next step. However, we can rejoice in the fact that God has given us a new set of lenses to make sense of these things, and it’s the Word of God.

In order to fully understand the Word of God and how to apply it to our lives, we need to know these three things:

1. WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE BIBLE IS FORMED

When we approach the Bible, we need to understand how it’s been put together and uniquely arranged. These are words given to men by God for a specific purpose throughout the history of Israel. In order to fully understand their significance; we need to understand their context.

In today’s culture, we crave information. We can become disappointed when we feel like the Bible isn’t giving us more than what we see on its pages. The truth is, the writers of the Gospels weren’t biographers – they were evangelists. The goal and purpose of them giving us accounts of Jesus’ life is to help us believe in Him. We are given just enough information so we can be led to trust in Jesus and live by faith.

2. JESUS IS KEY TO UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES

You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13

Jesus is the outcome and revelation to fully understanding scripture. When we read the Bible through the lens of Jesus and His mission, it starts to make sense. Everything in the Old Testament points to Jesus, and everything in the New Testament explains the purpose of Jesus. The freedom, healing and restoration He brings is found throughout Scripture.

In Luke 24:36-49, the disciples were confused. They thought Jesus had come back to reestablish the Kingdom of Israel, but when they saw Him being crucified, they didn’t understand what was happening. In this passage, Jesus visits them after His death and opens their minds to Scripture and begins to teach them through it. He brought clarity to the disciples.

If we miss Jesus, we miss the Bible. One of the most important questions to ask when reading the Word is, “What does this say about who God is?” We have a God who wants to reveal Himself to us, and by giving us the Bible He’s saying He wants to be found.

3. IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE, WE NEED TO HAVE FAITH

God will always show us what we need to know about Him. However, that doesn’t always mean He will show us everything we want to know.

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of the law. – Deuteronomy 29:29

We need a revelation about who God is and the faith to take the next step with Him. It takes a willingness to follow, surrender and believe what we see revealed to us in the Bible.

God is inviting us into intimacy through reading His Word. We may now always know what’s coming in our journey, but God is giving us just enough to know that we can walk with Him, not apart from Him.

IN RESPONSE:

Next time you sit down to read the Bible, consider looking at these resources to help you navigate through it:

30 Days to Understanding the Bible by Max Anders

-The Jesus Storybook Bible

-ESV or NIV study Bible

Also, check out Fred Nelson’s sermon about the Word of God.

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This week's post is authored by Antioch Waco. You can read more here!