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Seven Precepts to Understanding the Bible

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Believe All That Is Written

But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:

Acts 24:14

The Bible is either God's word or it is not. God preserved his word, or we do not have his word; the question is no more complicated than that. All the controversy never really had anything to do with whether or not we have his word. It has always been about us, will we believe God or will we not believe him?

Romans 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

Galatians 3:6-7 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

Luke 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

Many of the pulpits of the world are filled by men and women standing before the congregations and proclaiming their unbelief in the Scriptures. They disavow anything and everything that requires faith in the power of God by ascribing them to allegories, legend, or mythology. Whether it be the Genesis account of creation, Noah's flood, dividing the Red Sea or the person and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, they add and diminish from the words, meaning and sense of the Scriptures, rejecting God's revelations.

John 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if tell you of heavenly things?

2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

John 5:46-47 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. 47But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

What is the reason for this unbelief? Simply, they are men without faith. They stumble from the beginning and believe not God.

2 Thessalonians 3:2 …for all men have not faith.

Deuteronomy 32:20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.

Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

What are we to think of those that reject the Scriptures as fact, whether they be scholars or novice? What does God's word say about such?

John 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep,…

Luke 16:29-31 …They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. …31And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

1 Timothy 1:5-7 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 6From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; 7Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

It is a curious thing how the Bible can have so many warnings to beware of deceivers, wolfs in sheep's clothing, and so many fail to heed them, fail to preach or teach about them. Deceivers abound and must come, for God uses them to try the hearts. If we wish to understand the Bible then we must believe all things that are written and adhere to the word of God and not be swayed by those that believe not.

Deuteronomy 13:1-4 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 2And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 3Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

2 Peter 2:1-2 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

1 Corinthians 11:18-19 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. 19For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God,…

Within the Church today many controversies exist, it is more divided than ever caused by a falling away from the truth due to an ignorance of and lack of desire toward the Scriptures. If you are unwilling to make the necessary sacrifices in your life, to direct your life toward the Lord your God, to diligently seek and believe your creator then you can expect confusion and uncertainty. Diversity of opinions abound, the council of God's word has been added to and diminished from, supplanted by the preaching of philosophy and the sciences, "falsely so called," e.g., Theistic Evolution, Psychology, the Social Sciences, prosperity gospels, etc.

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

1 Timothy 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

We cannot avoid those who choose not to believe, that add and diminish from God's word, who would have you follow them rather than diligently study the Scriptures. Believing the Bible will bring their disdain, contempt and derision; to believe the truth is heresy with them.

Acts 24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:

The third precept to understanding the Bible is:

Believe all things which are written

Bad men or devils would not have written the Bible, for it condemns them and their works, good men or angels could not have written it, for in saying it was from God when it was but their own invention, they would have been guilty of falsehood, and thus could not have been good. The only remaining being who could have written it is God—its real author.

John Flavel 1627-91
English Clergy

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