A commonly held thought about the Bible is that it’s mainly for studying, and so questions like these arise: How can I study the Bible? What Bible study method should I use? What’s the best Bible study tool?
Although these are good questions to consider, they distract us from one of the most crucial concepts about God’s Word.
The Bible is an incredible book, filled with wisdom, poetry, history, and exhortation. It contains mysterious signs, types, figures, and prophecies, along with lengthy genealogies and detailed ordinances. And it reveals who Christ is and God’s eternal purpose for man.
As Christians, we may know we should read the Bible but feel apprehensive about it. Perhaps previous attempts at trying to understand the Bible discourage us, or maybe we can’t fathom how we could understand such an important, complex book. But the Bible is God’s Word for us and to us. It’s one of His greatest gifts to us; surely He wants us to read and understand His Word. So in this post let’s take a look at the simple, first, most important step in understanding the Bible.
Did you know the Bible uses two different Greek words to refer to the word of God? One of these words is logos, and the other is rhema.
Understanding the meaning of these two words can help us know and experience God in a deeper way. That’s why we’re taking some time in this post to discuss logos and rhema and their importance to our Christian lives.
The beginning of a new year is a great time to start reading the Bible. Take a look at our post on Bible reading, why it’s important, and how to make this a year of reading the Bible.
With the beginning of this new year, it’s a good time to reflect on our year before. One valuable question we can ask ourselves is how we did with reading the Bible last year. Did we consider it, but didn’t know where to start? Did we try to begin, but got sidetracked along the way? Or maybe we made a daily Bible-reading schedule, but fell behind and got discouraged.
The good news is, whether you lost your stride last year, managed to keep to your daily Bible reading, or even if you’re deciding to read the Word for the first time in a regular way, you can start afresh with the Lord. A new day, a new week, a new month, and a new year give us all the opportunity to have a new beginning. Why not take the start of this year as an opportunity to renew your reading and enjoyment of God’s Word?
In a previous post, we saw the benefits of reading the Bible daily and why it’s an excellent habit for every Christian to develop. But how do we get started? What can we do to develop this healthy and necessary habit?
Here are seven practical points to help you build up a daily habit of reading the Bible:
Daily Bible reading is an excellent habit that can benefit every Christian in many ways. We’ll discuss three main benefits in this post.
We’re fed by the Word
When we read the Bible, we’re fed by God’s Word and supplied for our Christian life. Jesus mentioned this in Matthew 4:4 when He said,
“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God.”
Other verses in the Bible also make it clear that God’s Word is nourishment to us. For example, 1 Peter 2:2 says,
We need to eat food to sustain our physical life and to keep us healthy. But just because we have to eat doesn’t mean it’s a tedious chore. In fact, eating is an enjoyment to us, especially when the food is tasty.
Similarly, the Bible tells us that God’s Word sustains us and keeps us spiritually healthy. But how do we feel about reading the Word of God? Is our time in God’s Word a dry, tedious duty we must fulfill? Or is it a time of enjoyment and nourishment? God desires that our time in His Word would be not a duty but a delight.
This is the second post in a special two-part series on reading the Bible. In these posts, we include helpful excerpts from books by Watchman Nee and Witness Lee that provide insight about reading the Bible.
We’ve received two precious gifts from God—His Word and His Spirit. The Word reveals God to us so that we can know Him, and the Spirit transmits God to us so that we can possess Him. The Spirit without the Word is intangible, while the Word without the Spirit is mere letter. God’s Word makes the intangible Spirit substantial to us, and God’s Spirit makes the Word of God living to us. The Bible makes known to us the things of the Spirit, and the Spirit makes real to us the things in the Bible. The Word of God and the Spirit of God are one.
This is the first post in a special two-part series on reading the Bible. In these posts, we include helpful excerpts from books by Watchman Nee and Witness Lee that provide insight about reading the Bible.
The Benefits of Reading the Bible
The Bible is the foundation of Western civilization—morally, politically, literarily. Even the secular world recognizes the Bible as the most influential book in the world. It is the highest in its record of the origin of mankind, human history, and prophecies and in its wisdom, profoundness, ethics, and morality.
While these qualities are compelling enough reasons to read the Bible, they cannot compare with the amazing fact that God Himself is embodied and expressed in His Word. But God does not want His words to remain confined in a book, and He tells us so in the Word:
Interpretation: Unlocking the Bible’s Full Meaning
By the step of transmission, God’s breath, from its intangible reality, was received and recorded as written text, readable and knowable by mankind. The next step, Bible translation, involved the process of freeing the written manuscripts from the confines of their ancient tongues and rendering them into modern languages.
The capstone of receiving and translating the Bible is understanding the intended meaning of its the contents. The Bible may be translated into our language but for us to understand what we’re reading, we need the proper interpretation.