Read 2 Timothy 2:14-15 … How we find authority, or to what reasons we appeal to establish authority for our actions from the Scriptures makes a difference. The more a person learns about how to understand the Bible, the more even the simplest decisions can take on a consideration of multiple factors. Of course, the … Continue reading Rightly Dividing the Word
Read 2 Timothy 3:14-17 … It seems like such a simple idea. Ask a question and then go to the Scriptures to find the answer, and yet for so many it seems like the whole process of using the Bible to answer a theological question (any “–ological” question really) is loaded with personal baggage. One … Continue reading What Does the Bible Say?
Read Numbers 13:30-14:4 … Joseph seems to have come up several times in the past week, so a few words about how the story might help in understanding a difference in literary genres could be beneficial. Beginning at Genesis 37 one finds Joseph, the dreamer, coming back from being with his brothers in the fields … Continue reading A “Bad Report”
Read Colossians 3:12-17 … It has been a long understood position that the phrase translated as “in the name of” refers to the idea “by the authority of.” Very few fail to understand what it means when the policeman knocks on the door and says, “Open up, in the name of the law.” This illustration … Continue reading “In the Name Of”
Read Isaiah 55 … The Scriptures describe themselves as a living and dynamic resource for the individual. The first passage that typically comes to mind is from the letter to the Hebrews, “For the word of God is living and powerful …” (4:12). This verse is among others that also speak to the efficacy of … Continue reading The Abundant Life
Read 1 Peter 1:10-12 … There is in the realm of biblical interpretation an outlook, or a foundation from which understanding proceeds, that is called the Redemptive-Historical View. Don’t be put off by the name, because this interpretive method is basically saying that to help us understand the Scriptures one should see the method by … Continue reading The Holy Scriptures Remain
Read John 5:24-30 … Recently this quote came to my attention in a book that seeks to describe five different ways that people use when approaching the Scriptures, to discern the meaning therein, and find application for their own life and times. One of the authors was speaking from a grammatico-historical interpretative method which, as … Continue reading A High View