“Bible Study Helps”

Posted: January 24, 2014 in Bible Prophecy, Bible Study, Christian Life, Reading, Replacement Theology, Security

                 We all want to enjoy the life that we’ve been given.  Abundant living is what God wants His children to have while we live on this earth (John 10:10).  Not everyone is a child of God (John 8:44; 1 John 3:10).  How does one become a child of God?  First – We must admit that we are sinners who deserve to be separated from God forever in hell with the devil and his angels (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46).   No, we’re not as bad as we could be, but we’re as bad off as we can be if Christ isn’t our personal Savior.  Then we must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  Once we’ve done this we are secure in God’s hands (John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30).  True Christians can’t lose their salvation (Romans 8:35-39).

                Growth.  In order for a new Christian to grow, he needs to desire the pure milk of the Word and then advance to solid food (1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:12-14).  True Christians have the indwelling Holy Spirit as the Divine Teacher and Illuminator (John 14:17; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 John 2:20, 27).  Are you dull of hearing or someone who wants your ears tickled (2 Timothy 4:2-4; Hebrews 5:11)?

                Suggestions.  Here are some things we’ve found helpful for Christians who want to keep growing in the sphere of grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).                   

                Prayer.  Acknowledge that you need God the Holy Spirit to illuminate your mind to the Scriptures (1 John 2:27).  A carnal Christian, who is out of fellowship with God, is like the natural, unsaved man and won’t understand the Bible as he should (1 Corinthians 2:14-3:4; 1 John 1:3-7).  Make sure that all your known sins have been confessed to God and other people whom you’ve offended (Psalm 66:18; 1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13; James 5:16).

                Notes.  We suggest that you use a notebook to record your insights, thoughts, prayers, goals, etc.  Some people write things in their Bibles that link one passage to another.  Others use colored markers to highlight different topics or themes.  Ask how you can join us as we  read through the Bible in a year by spending about 15 minutes each day in the Word.  That’s about 1% of your day. (We use the Scofield Study Bible and another book.  Ask us for more details.)

                Battle.  Whether you realize it or not, there is a battle going on for the control of your mind and your emotions (2 Corinthians 2:11; 10:3-6; Ephesians 4:14; 6:11). Most people make decisions that are based on their emotions (souls) rather than by the spirit that belongs to their minds (Ephesians 4:23; 1 Corinthians 6:17).  The Christian’s soul is the last thing to be saved at the Rapture (1 Peter 1:9) when the body also will be saved (Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52).  We recommend that you read the Bible when you are alert because the devil will do his best to tempt you to be spiritually lazy (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; 1 Timothy 5:13).  Do you know which piece of the armor to use to counteract spiritual laziness (Ephesians 6:15)?              

                Interpretation.  The allegorical (non-literal) method of interpretation began in the Garden of Eden when the devil asked Eve, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree in the garden’?”  He wanted her to question what God had said.  Ever since that time there have been people who want to change the rules of interpretation, especially when it comes to Bible prophecy (2 Peter 3:16).  But since the prophecies concerning Christ’s first coming were fulfilled literally, why should we use a different (allegorical or non-literal) method of interpretation for the prophecies made concerning His second coming?                  

                Salvation.  While one’s belief concerning the second coming of Christ won’t affect a person’s salvation, we believe that it will cause many Christians to invest their time, efforts, and treasures in the wrong things with the possibility of losing out on rewards that could have been theirs (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 3:11).  Even the Apostle Peter had to be rebuked by the Lord for opposing His plan of salvation for the whole world and not just for the Jews (Matthew 10:5-15; 16:21-23; 28:19, 20).  Thankfully he got his eschatology (the study of future things) straightened out before he died (2 Peter 3:10-13).  We believe that the normal (literal, historical, grammatical) interpretation of the Bible will result in seven distinct “Dispensations.”  They are not different ways of salvation, but distinct “Rules for Living.”  Notice a difference in the rules between the Old and New Testaments. (Ask for a FREE “Dispensational Chart.”)

                Questions.  As you read the Scriptures, it’s good to ask these questions:  What is the main subject?  Who is speaking?  What is the key verse? What does this teach me?  Are there any commands, promises, or instructions?  Make a clear distinction between unbelievers, Israel, and the Church (1 Corinthians 10:32).  Those who believe that the Church has replaced Israel and that the unconditional promises made to the Jews are no longer valid, will contribute to the present and future persecution of the Jewish people that will cause the holocaust in Germany to pale in significance.  (Read Dr. David Reagan’s insightful article “The Evil Of Replacement Theology”  http://www.lamblion.com/articles/articles_jewishlife8.php).  It might shock some people back into reality and repentance.  God isn’t finished with the Jews as a nation (Romans 11:1).  He will return to this earth and stand on the Mount of Olives and then set up His millennial reign on this earth (Zechariah 14:4; Matthew 24:29-31; Acts 1:11; Revelation 20:1-7).  The believing Jewish remnant, who survive the Great Tribulation (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:21-31; Revelation 6-19) will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5; 24:13) and their land will extend from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River (Genesis 15:18-21).

                Memorize.  God gave us a wonderful capacity to remember things that are important.  The most important things in life are the truths that are found in the Scriptures.  “How can a young man cleanse his way?  By taking heed according to Your Word.  With my whole heart I have sought you; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!  Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:9-11).  Consider some other things that the Scriptures can do for you:  Psalm 119:28, 105, 111, 130, 165, 176.  If you’re interested, we can suggest some Scripture memory programs for you.  Ask us about them.  With God’s Word in your memory bank, you can draw upon it during times of trials or when someone would like a reason for the hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15).

                Meditation.  We tend to become what we think about most often.  The Psalmist tells us how to be happy (blessed).  “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night (Psalm 1:1, 2).  Joshua and Timothy were encouraged to do the same (Joshua 1:8; 1 Timothy 4:15).  Rather than worry about all the things that may not happen anyway, why not cast all your cares on the Lord, knowing that He cares for His children (1 Peter 5:7).

                Obey It.  God is pleased when we know His Word and then put it into practice in our lives (James 1:22; 2:14-20).  The Scriptures are God breathed and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).  The Holy Spirit works in us both to will and to do His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13; 4:13).  Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).  Rely on Him always.

                Prayer.  We hope and pray that your “Quiet Time” will turn into “Quite A Time” with God each day as you allow Him to speak to you through His Word.  We encourage you to share your insights with others who are open and receptive to the Truth (John 14:6; 17:17; 2 Timothy 2:2).  Let’s glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31) and stimulate each other to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24, 25).

                Remember.  “He who can read the Bible but won’t is no better off than the man who can’t read.”  Thank God for your eyes.  Read His Word and hide it in your heart while you can.

                Blessed To Bless.  If this article has helped you, would you let someone else know about it?  To receive our articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Visit www.kelseypeach.com for more help. If you would like an abbreviated form of this information to put in your Bible, ask us about it.  Call us at 805-238-3549.

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