What The Bible Says
What The Bible Says
VOL. I - NO. 1 / June 3, 2018
THE IMPORTANCE OF BIBLE KNOWLEDGE
It is not difficult to convince someone of the importance of knowledge they need pertaining to their job, a hobby they like, or other items of interest to them. We desire to know all we can about our job in order that we might do it better. A hobby or something of a particular interest is more enjoyable the more we learn about it. Should we not have the same desire to know spiritual things that pertain not only to our lives now but eternity as well?
The importance of Bible knowledge can be seen in that it can give us the PROPER CONCEPT OF GOD. We can know that God is the Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1). It is in Him that "we live, and move, and have our being" (Acts 17:28). While we are His off-spring, we must not change Him into some graven artwork or any other thing that man might devise. While "the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork"(Psalms 19:1), these things do not tell us about God's will. That's the importance of Bible knowledge.
Knowledge of the Bible also gives us the PROPER CONCEPT OF SALVATION. This is certainly important in view of the fact there so many false concepts. Many, today, have forgotten why Jesus came into the world. "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21). Since He is the one who can save us from our sins, we need to listen to what He says. "I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." (John 8:24). "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3,5). "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 10:32). "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." (Mark 16:16).
May we all realize the importance of Bible knowledge and begin our search for the truth that we might put it into practice in our lives.
—E.R. Hall, Jr.
READING WITH UNDERSTANDING
If we handle aright the Word of Truth and obey its teaching as we are taught to do (2 Tim. 15,19), we must read the Scriptures with understanding. The man of Ethiopia in Acts 8 had a problem along this line. He was reading, but he was not understanding what he was reading. His problem was not that he was a poor reader, but the he lacked information that would clarify what the prophet was writing about back in Isa. 53. When Philip supplied that essential information, the man could readily understand; therefore, he became a believer, obedient to the Gospel.
Reading the Bible with understanding requires the same fundamental rules and applied skills as are required for secular reading. To ignore those rules and skills is to doom oneself to lack of understanding and to misunderstanding. Words functioning in a particular way, phrases, clauses, sentence structure, paragraphs, topics, narration, description, and explanation, context, the speaker, the one or ones addressed -- all of these things are factors that are fundamental to our reading and understanding both the Scriptures and other writings. The context of application cannot be ignored. "What you do, do quickly" is not a general maxim for daily living (Jn. 13:27). "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might" is a maxim understood in the limiting context of what is right and in consideration of the value of time and the limited opportunities of life (Eccl. 9:10).
Historical setting is an integral part of Scriptural study. By it, we distinguish between the Patriarchal Period and the time of the Law of Moses, and between the time of Moses' Law and the time of the New Covenant. We also distinguish between the era of the Apostles' lives with the attending miracles, and the time of maturity of the church with the completed revelation of the New Testament. Most of the time, the historical information we need for proper application of the Scriptures is supplied in the Scriptures themselves. Knowledge of ancient secular history is also helpful in some instances. The prophecy of Dan. 2 is a good illustration of this. In the New Testament (2 Thess. 2, for example), some prophecies were not fulfilled until after the close of the writing of the New Testament. We can understand their fulfillment only in the light of secular history. The Book of Revelation speaks of things that were to shortly come to pass as well as things pertaining to the final judgment, which is yet to come. Great care must be exercised when we are trying to place New Testament prophecies in any secular historical setting, lest we err in our assessment. We must remember that our standard of truth is the Word of God and not secular history, which is sometimes subjective and sometimes erroneous.
Let us not lose confidence in the possibility of reading the Scriptures with understanding so as to be pleasing to God in what we do. Paul asserts this possibility in Eph. 3:1-7. John also does the same in Jno. 20:30,31. In fact, understanding in order to obey is implicit in the writing of the New Testament, else why would it have been written? “How readest thou?”
THE INSTRUCTOR has long been a teaching medium of the East Albertville church of Christ. It’s first issue was January 1964 and it continued consistently until the untimely death of brother Carrol R. Sutton in December 2016. Brother Sutton, in the editorial of the first issue, set forth the purpose of THE INSTRUCTOR when he stated, "It is our intention to do what we can to instruct others by means of this periodical.”
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Evening Worship …………………........ 5:00 PM
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