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Seven Precepts to Understanding the Bible

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Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15

This study has been an attempt to show, from the Scriptures, the seven precepts God has established that if adhered to will bring order and understanding to the study of his word. It is hoped that it has conveyed the need to recognize and consider these principles. The more I speak with people, the more I have felt that the lack of understanding these precepts and their recognition as an inseparable unit and guide has hindered many from having a greater comprehension of God's Holy Word. It is impossible to establish sound doctrine and correct teaching without applying and practicing all seven of these precepts.

Whenever we establish doctrinal teachings or search the Scriptures to judge the things that are said, we must ask the following:

  1. Is this the product of diligent study and not feigned words, philosophy or private interpretation; have all relevant passages been considered?
  2. Has anything been added to or diminished from the words, meaning, sense or understanding of the Bible?
  3. Is all being believed, is any part of the Bible being denied or disbelieved?
  4. Anything is possible, but is this the truth God is revealing?
  5. What are the similitudes, examples or illustrations, given within the Scriptures concerning the subject or topic under consideration?
  6. Are things rightly divided? Be sure you are not comparing apples with oranges.
  7. Locate God's precepts, what are the guiding principles and limiting truths that apply?

It is only when conclusions drawn conform to all seven precepts that you can be assured of being on solid ground in establishing the doctrines of the Bible. God is the author of order and these principles are the rules of order in studying and understanding his word.

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