I love studying my bible. I love reading it. I love interacting with the text. I love struggling through meaning and application. I really do love the bible. My passion is that you, my CBC family, will share that love. I was thinking of Psalm 119:24 this morning:
Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.
Last week we ventured to discuss “Hermeneutics” or the science of biblical interpretation. I gave you an acrostic that has been a blessing as I read God’s word. That acrostic is L.I.G.H.T.S.
Last week we saw that the L stands for Literal Interpretation and the I stands for Illumination by the Holy Spirit.
The G is for Grammatical Principles. We need to remember that scripture is to be interpreted in accordance with regular rules of grammar. Without sounding like my ninth grade English teacher, we need to read recognizing the basic rules of grammar. WE need to recognize verbs, subject and object, modifiers, prepositional phrases, and connectives. The Bible was written in three languages: Greek; Hebrew and Aramaic. There are tools available for your personal bible study that will help you understand the language of the scripture (see – www.cbd.com). There are tools that will help you gain insight into the original languages without having to go to seminary.
H is for Historical Context. The bible, indeed, the whole of the Christian faith is historical and evidential (Luke 1:1-4). The biblical text is best understood when one is familiar with the customs, culture and historical context of the biblical world. Thankfully, there are a hoist of excellent commentaries and handbooks to aid us in this process.
The T in LIGHTS will remind you that the church has been provided with gifted TEACHERS of the Word. IN Ephesians 4:11-12 we read:
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.
Therefore, as we seek to accurately interpret the word of God (2 Timothy 2:15), we would do well to consult those whom God has gifted as teachers in the church (Titus 2:1-15). Always remember, we need to be as the Bereans (Acts 17:11) who searched the scriptures daily to make sure that what the human teachers said was in line with God’s truth (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
Finally, the S reminds us of the principle of Scriptural Harmony. Individual passages of scripture must always be in harmony with scripture as a whole. The reader must always keep in mind that all of scripture – though communicated through various human writers – has a single Author (God). And God never contradicts Himself.
These six principles can help us grow in our pursuit of Christ through the scriptures. Below are listed some helpful websites that can be utilized in your personal study of God’s word.
See You Sunday
~ Pastor Byron
Websites for Personal Bible Study: