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BIBLE STUDY OVERVIEW AND SAMPLES
Here is a sampling of some of the subjects that are dealt with in this course:
|PROVE ALL THINGS - Christ warned that great deception would be one of the signs
of the end times. In this book, instruction is given on how to recognize false prophets
and teachings. Clear Scriptural guidelines are given on discerning the Spirit of truth
versus the spirit of error. You will learn how to judge without being judgmental.|
|THE TRUE GOD - This is a teaching on the character of God, explaining why God does
certain things, and why it is against His nature to do other things. You will learn to
differentiate between the things for which God is responsible and the things for which the
devil is responsible. Our responsibility as Christians destined to overcome is made clear
so that we can live victorious lives.|
|THE WILL OF GOD - The first step to doing the will of God is knowing the will of
God. Learn how to know the will of God for your personal life, your family, your ministry
and your finances. Find out why God allows sin, sickness and suffering in the world. As
overcomers, Christians are not supposed to suffer under many of the things which have been
accepted as normal.|
|KEYS TO THE KINGDOM - These lessons will give you instruction on how to gain
authority in God's Kingdom through prayer. Many principles and methods of prayer are
covered, such as praying in the Spirit, fasting and prayer, travailing prayer, praise,
intercession and spiritual warfare.|
|EXPOSING SATAN'S DEVICES - These studies are a powerful expose` of Satan's tricks,
tactics and lies. Cult and occultic methods are listed so Christians can detect their
activity. Demon activity is discussed and deliverance and casting out demons is dealt with
in detail. Satan's kingdom is uncovered and the Christian is taught to overcome through
spiritual discernment and warfare. Equip yourself to overcome the onslaughts of the enemy.|
|HEALING OF THE SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY - Learn how to receive divine healing and
overcome emotional problems, as well as physical ones. When you discover how to renew the
carnal mind and walk in the spirit of Life, you will overcome depression, loneliness, fear
and other attacks of the enemy.|
|NEITHER MALE NOR FEMALE - What is the woman's role in the church? Who is a woman's
spiritual head and covering? Learn what God's Word says about true submission. Does God
call women to the five-fold ministry? Learn the qualifications for the offices of the
five-fold ministry. Find out what God's Word says about divorce, celibacy and choosing a
marriage partner? These and other related topics are scripturally examined. |
|EXTREMES OR BALANCE? - Many Christians have hurt the cause of Christ through
"out-of-balance" teachings and demonstrations. Learn how to avoid these areas
and walk in balance. These teachings also deal wisely with the excesses and extremes in
the body of Christ.|
|THE PATHWAY INTO THE OVERCOMER'S WALK - These studies answer the questions an
overcomer faces as he presses toward the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus. How
can we be conformed to the image of Christ? How does the Holy Spirit work with the
overcomers in the end times? What are the overcomer's rewards?
SAMPLE MATERIAL FROM A BIBLE STUDY BOOK
IN THE SERIES
PROVE ALL THINGS
Learning From the Word
The Lord teaches us by His Word, or His Book, the same way teachers teach their
children in school, by the book. The word chastise in the Greek primarily denotes to train
children. It suggests the broad idea of education by correcting with words, reproving,
admonishing and instructing. When we can grasp this, we can then know that God is not the
author of evil, but it is our wrong decisions that produce evil and its consequences. If
we are walking defeated Christian lives, it is not God s fault. He made a way for us to
overcome by obeying His Word. When the trials of life overwhelm us and we are defeated, it
is because we did not pass the test. In school, when a child fails a test, we do not blame
the teacher, as the fault lies with the child who did not do his lessons and homework
well. However, when Christians fail the tests in life, may times it is God who is blamed.
He gets the blame for taking little children's lives in accidents, for sending sickness
upon His children, for burning down houses, for earthquakes, storms, etc. Could it be that
if we did our homework by praying and studying the Bible, that many of these things could
be prevented? Yes, they could; the lack is ours, not God's.
We believe in the motto, "Prayer Changes Things," yet how much quality time
do we spend in prayer? How many hours do we devote to Bible study as compared to the hours
we watch TV or devote our time to other time wasting endeavors? Yet, when something bad
happens in our lives, we do not take the blame to ourselves because it is so much easier
to blame God. God gave us mighty weapons in His Word to overcome the devil and defeat him
at every turn. Is it His fault we are not aware of these weapons? We have the book that
tells us how to be an overcomer. That book is the Holy Bible. I would say few people
reading this would not have access to a Bible. The Holy Spirit is our teacher and His
operation manual for living in this world is the Bible. If we have Him in our hearts and
read His manual, there is not one problem that we cannot overcome. We find few overcomers
because we find few apt students. We find a lot of people that know the Word of God but
they do not apply it to their lives. In school we must apply what we know to pass the
exams. If we do not know our subject, we are doomed to fail from the start. That is why we
must know Him first, for in Him is all knowledge and wisdom.
If we are walking with the Lord, the Holy Spirit will always do His job of reproving us
for sin. (John 16:8: And when he (the Holy Spirit) is come, he will reprove the world
of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment....) Sometimes we suffer under Satan's
false accusations when we are not guilty at all. How can we determine when it is the Holy
Spirit that is convicting us and when it is the enemy that is condemning us? When the Holy
Spirit convicts us of sin, He always shows us the way out and always extends to us pardon.
When the devil is condemning us, he never leaves us a way out, he accuses us, and he
condemns us to failure. He would whisper to us, You will never change; you can never
overcome this weakness. God is angry with you and He will punish you for this. You might
as well go back into the world. God's way is too hard. You are doomed to hell, anyway.
Why, you have committed the unpardonable sin, etc. These are a few of the lies Satan tells
us when we have failed and sinned, and every one of them brings condemnation and fear. God
always lifts us up and helps us when we have failed Him, and shows us there is a better
way. He enables us to overcome if we do it His way.
If we forsake evil and turn to Him, we are never condemned; but if we continue to sin,
we are condemned along with the world.
John 3:18-21, He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not
is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of
God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved
darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil
hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he
that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are
wrought in God. If we judge ourselves, we shall not be condemned with the world
because we are a part of a new world.
The Lord gave a parable in Matthew 5:25-26 that gives us a guideline as to how
we can judge ourselves and remain free from Satan's condemning lies. Agree with thine
adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary
deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast
into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou
hast paid the uttermost farthing. The Amplified Version of the Bible makes this even a
little easier for us to understand. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you
are on the way traveling with him, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the
judge to the guard, and you be put in prison; Truly, I say to you, you will never be
released until you have paid the last fraction of a penny. We know that Satan is our
accuser and our adversary (Revelation12:10), so when we are walking with him, or
keeping company with him by sinning, and he accuses us of that sin, we are to agree with
him. If we have lied, and he says to us, You are a liar and all liars go to hell, we are
to agree with this statement, when guilty. We must not stop here, however; we should then
ask God's forgiveness and tell the devil, Yes, I have sinned, but I have asked God to
forgive me and His Word also says, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness ( I John 1:9). If we
do not confess our sin, then we come under the judge's jurisdiction. We find that the
judge is the Word of God, and the Word of God does declare that all liars end up in hell. (Revelation
21:8: But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and
whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the
lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.) So the judge
(God's word) takes us to the officer or the guard. The guard is representative of the Holy
Spirit, as He guards the Word. If the Holy Spirit does not know us, then we must pay the
price for our sin.
By agreeing that we are guilty and asking the Lord for forgiveness, we can avoid the
condemnation and the penalty. When Satan then accuses us, the Holy Spirit will have
pardoned us because Jesus paid the price for our sins so that we do not have to pay it.
Praise God! Even as Christians we can come into bondage and be held prisoner in our
bodies, our emotions and our minds if we fail to ask for forgiveness of our sins. Satan
has a legal hold when we have unconfessed sin in our lives. We should also ask the Lord to
forgive us for those things that we do not, as of yet, recognize as sin, even as David did
in Psalm 19:12: Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults.
The more of God's Word that we know, the more we shall be able to recognize our sin and be
cleansed of it. Ephesians 5:26: That he might sanctify and cleanse it (the church) with
the washing of water by the word... Yes, the more of God's Word we have in our hearts,
the more we shall be able to prove and test all things. To know and understand the Word of
God is to know the truth, and in knowing the truth we indeed shall be free.
We then, being free, will not have to stand before God's judgment for sin. What is
God's judgment on sin? It is the penalty for broken spiritual laws. This penalty is
brought on by our own sins (unless we receive Jesus, as He took the penalty for us on
Calvary). The judgment of God can be averted by repentance and prayer. Disasters come to
cities, and most of the time it is spoken of as "the judgment of God coming
upon the people because of their wickedness. If Christians were praying for their cities
and asking God to be merciful and to deliver and touch the people of that town, we would
see fewer disasters. Christians should be in prayer daily for their communities, seeking
God on behalf of the city officials and praying for truth and peace to reign in their
local areas. We, as Christians, have been failing, thus allowing Satan to bring disaster
to areas because there are no interceding Christians.
Sins of Omission
There are two kinds of sins. One is that of commission (sins that we commit) and the
other of omission (things we omit). The sin of omission is the failure to do the things we
know we should do. It is being committed every day when we fail to pray for our cities and
governments (James 4:17). We might ask ourselves this question, If it were up to us
to be responsible in prayer for our city's welfare, would our prayers be sufficient for
that task? This will reveal to us that the lack is not on God's part, but on our part, in
that we do not pray diligently. It will take more than a few times of praying, "God
bless America," for our country to have a real revival and turn from its wickedness.
It will take real intercessory prayer and spiritual warfare for the victory to be won.
God is not responsible for the tragedies in our homes, cities and country. We are
responsible. Ezekiel 22:30-32 says, And I sought for a man among them, that
should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not
destroy it: but I found none. Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I
have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their
heads, saith the Lord God. From this verse we can see that it is our own ways that
bring destruction, not God. Destruction is simply the result of sin. How terrible to blame
God for tragedy and disaster: It is man's nature to do this, because it is much easier to
blame God than to take responsibility for his own failures and sins. Ezekiel 33:20
states, Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will
judge you every one after his ways. We see the Israelites were guilty of the same sin
of blaming God for His alleged injustice, instead of seeing their own sins. They were
God's people, yet they were full of sin. Today we find the same scene. Many of God's
people are the very ones blaming God for their tragedies, losses of loved ones,
sicknesses, sorrows, etc. They are blinded to their sin, as it has taken a subtle form of
self-righteousness. They feel if they attend church regularly and give their tithes, they
have fulfilled their obligations to God. They do not recognize their complacency and their
love for the world, as the clergy has allowed them to bring the "world" into the
One of the greatest ills in the church today is the mixture of the church and the
world. The church is no longer separated from the world, but looks just like the world.
The world does not recognize Christians because they do the same thing the world does.
They eat and drink the same things, go to the same places, etc. In Exodus 12:38 we
find an account of a people called the mixed multitude.
The background of this account tells about Israel being led out of Egyptian bondage by
Moses. When they left, some of the Egyptians who had married the Israelites left with
them. Also there were those that were half-Egyptian and half-Israelite. The Old Testament
has many accounts of "types" that are lessons for us today. I Corinthians
10:5-6 says, But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were
overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should
not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. The example we are to see here is a
lesson of what happens to those who are not true Israelites at heart. We see in Numbers
11 that after the Israelites had wandered in the wilderness awhile, they began to
gripe and complain. This spirit spawned from those that were of the mixed multitude. The
mixed multitude were those in the outermost part of the camp. They didn't come to the
center of the camp where the tabernacle was pitched, as they didn't want to be exposed by
the glory of the Lord. Their allegiance soon waned under trial and persecution, and they
longed to go back to Egypt where the fish, cucumbers, melons, garlics, leeks, and onions
were. Soon their lust for these things overcame them, and they were destroyed by the fire
of God and the wrath of the Lord.
Today we find the same problem in the church. The lust for the things of this world,
plus uncommitted hearts that contain a mixture of this world and the Lord's kingdom, will
ultimately bring the judgment of God. It was not God's intention for Israel to wander in
the wilderness for 40 years, as He wanted to bring them to the promised land that was
flowing with milk and honey. It is the same today; He wants to bless His children, but
their rebellion and lack of commitment do not allow Him to do so. The Word of God proves
we have a loving and just God. As we seek Him and grow in His Word, we will not suffer His
judgment on sin. The judgment of the wrath of God comes only upon sin in this world. If we
have Jesus in our hearts and have been forgiven of our sins and have renounced the things
of this world, then we have no need to fear the wrathful judgment of God. It will not fall
on God's children who are striving to follow Him. Praise God!
In concluding, let us look to God to prove all things. Proving what is acceptable
unto the Lord (Ephesians 5:10). Only by coming before Him with a teachable spirit can
we be taught the truth and recognize error. As we become more acquainted with the real, we
will be able to better discern the counterfeit. The devil has a counterfeit for every
truth of God. However, we need not fear being deceived if we are in fellowship with the
Lord, for He will deliver us from every evil as we continue to follow Him.
Our daily prayer should be "Lord, cleanse me from all error and renew my mind.
Lord, I desire to know the truth even if it means correction and embarrassment for me.
Change my thoughts and heart to be your thoughts."
SAMPLE MATERIAL FROM A BIBLE STUDY WORKBOOK
IN THE SERIES
PROVE ALL THINGS WORKBOOK
[AUTHOR'S NOTE: THE MATERIAL IN THIS SECTION IS TAKEN FROM ONE OF THE BOOKS IN THE OVERCOMING
LIFE SERIES, PROVE ALL THINGS.THIS EXPOSITORY ALSO CONTAINS ADDED MATERIAL ABOUT THE
BIBLE ITSELF AND HOW TO USE IT TO BEST ADVANTAGE. THE ANSWERS ARE PROVIDED AT THE END OF
THE WORKBOOK AND DO NOT HAVE TO BE THE EXACT WORDING IN MANY CASES. YOU SIMPLY NEED TO
MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE CAUGHT THE CONCEPT OR PRINCIPLE FROM THE WORD OF GOD.]
Interpretation of the Scripture should be done in the light of certain principles.
We must view parts of the Bible in relation to the whole, or otherwise the Bible will
seem to contradict itself in certain places. Since the Bible is the work of one mind the
mind of the Lord it does not in actuality contradict itself. When we cannot understand
something that seems to be a contradiction, it is because of human limitations or a lack
of full knowledge.
The first principle and primary rule of Biblical interpretation is:
We must interpret any scripture by other scriptures
By referring to other verses about the same subject, we can get a more complete picture
of that subject.
A good concordance is a great help in studying the Bible. The most well-known one is Strong's
Exhaustive Concordance; however, Young's and Cruden's also are good
The science of interpretation is called hermeneutics from the Greek word hermenuo,
which means to interpret or explain .
Let us use the incident in Acts 4:18-20 as an example of how to use scripture to
interpret scripture where there seems to be a contradiction:
And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name
of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight
of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the
things which we have seen and heard.
This scripture describes the day when the council of elders in Jerusalem, which had
authority over all religious matters, ordered Peter and John not to speak any more of
Jesus or of the things He had done. The apostles knew the Old Testament writings told them
to submit to authority. Yet, we find them saying they have to speak about the things they
saw and heard to be right in the sight of God!
Looking at 1 Peter 2:13-15, it also seems to contradict what Peter and John did
that day in Jerusalem.
Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to
the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the
punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of
God, that with well-doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
However, by studying the rest of Scripture, we see that Peter 's instructions in his
first epistle do not really contradict his actions as recorded in Acts. We find from the
rest of the Bible there are limitations to submission to earthly authority. We will find
that we are not to obey earthly authority, civil or religious, if it contradicts God's
authority (Colossians 1:16-18).
Other scriptures that show us how to know when to obey earthly authority and when not
to are found in:
- Words spoken by Jesus and later recorded in Matthew 22:36-38, which told them to
love the Lord above all things and all people. Along with that were Old Testament
admonitions that the apostles knew well, which said that, if someone loves God, he will
- Peter's words in Acts 5:29-33, where it is recorded that he told the authorities
that they ought to obey God rather than men.
- The words of Gamaliel, one of the religious authorities presiding at the hearing, when
the apostles continued preaching about Jesus. The wise priest and scholar said the men
should be left alone, because if something is of God, it will stand (Acts
5:38,39). In other words, if what Peter and John were saying was not of God, it would
not last but die away.
(Please read the three passages of scripture mentioned above before continuing with
this lesson. In fact, it would be good to find and read all of the Scripture references
mentioned in these lessons.)
Other Principles of Interpretation
A second principle of interpretation then is to establish a fact or truth in the
mouth of two or three witnesses in referring to Scripture. This means there should be at
least two or three scriptures verifying a doctrine, or principle (Deut. 17:6, 19:15;
Matt. 18:16; 2 Cor. 13:1; 1 Tim. 5:19; Heb. 10:28). It takes more than one scripture
to prove a doctrine, a point, or a principle.
Another good way to use your concordance is to make a topical study of any subject to
see what God s Word has to say in different places on a particular subject or topic. Most
Bibles have small concordances in the back of them so you can look up different topics to
get a broad view of that subject. However, you need a larger one, such as Strong's,
to research a topic thoroughly.
The third important principle of interpretation is known as: "The
Law of First Mention ." In testing Scripture by Scripture, it is important
to look for the place in the Bible that a subject, attitude, or principle is mentioned for
the first time and see what it meant there. "The Law of the First
Mention" states that wherever a concept or topic is first introduced in
Scripture there are certain foundational principles laid down by that first mention which
govern and fulfill it. It is like a legal case that is settled in the Supreme Court. Once
a decision is reached on that case it becomes a "land mark case." "Land
mark cases" then set a precedent for future cases. In the study of any topic in
scripture we should find where that topic is "first mentioned" and build our
study on that foundation. Again, this requires looking up words or phrases in a
Some other guidelines of interpretation are:
- Scripture should always be accepted literally unless it is clearly figurative or
symbolic. Spiritualizing too much can dilute God's Word, while literalizing too much can
bring bondage and legalism. The Holy Spirit is our guide.
For example, in Revelation 12:4, Satan is described as being cast out of Heaven
with a third part of the stars going with him. To understand what this means, let
us first apply "the law of first mention." Going to the
concordance, we find the word stars first mentioned in the book of Revelation in Revelation
1:20. We see in that verse the interpretation for stars is angels, or
messengers of God . We use the first mention in Revelation, instead of the first mention
in Genesis, because Revelation is full of "symbolic pictures" of literal things,
while Genesis is a book describing literal events. We now can understand the
interpretation that one-third of the stars means angels, and therefore, they were cast out
of Heaven with Lucifer (the dragon) to the earth.
- We should pray and ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate the Word to us before beginning any
study. Then we can understand by revelation. The Lord at times may speak a direct message
to us from His Word (which will be the application of His Word to our spirits).
- However, avoid using the Bible like fortune telling . Some people open the Bible to a
page, then point to a verse with their eyes closed, and use that for guidance and
direction. Sometimes, for "baby" Christians, God will go ahead and give them a
message that way, but continued use of that method amounts to fortune-telling, much like
reading tea leaves, and the enemy will get involved sooner or later. In seeking God it is
permissable to ask the Lord to lead you to a scripture in the Bible that will help you
find an answer to your current problem. One of the best way to get answers from God is to
spend time daily in prayer and studying the Word, then in our times of study, the Holy
Spirit makes the Bible alive to us.
- Trust God's Word above all else. We must believe fully in the integrity of God's Word
and give it first place, if we are to know the God who wrote it. A new Christian will not
understand the Word as well as a mature Christian, who has studied the Bible enough to get
an understanding in his spirit of the way God thinks and acts.
Here are some scriptures from the Word written by four different men who were inspired
of God. Their writings covered a period of time ranging over about 1,500 years, yet each
of them verify the faithfulness of God's Word to us.
Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
. . . . . . .. . Numbers 23:19 (Moses)
The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth,
purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this
generation forever. Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
. . . . . . .. . . Psalms 12:6,7; 138:2 (David)
I will hasten my word to perform it.
. . . . . . . Jeremiah 1:12 (Jeremiah)
The scripture cannot be broken. Thy word is truth.
. . . . . . . John 10:35; 17:17 (the Apostle John)
It takes trust that God wants to open up His Word to you, and faithfulness in studying
it and waiting on Him to gain true understanding and knowledge (John
6:51,52,60,66; Hebrews 5:12-14). It does not make any difference what
things look like, if God said it, He will do it. Although what we see happening is beyond
our personal experiences with God, we should still choose to believe God s Word in spite
of our lack of understanding (Proverbs 3:5).
In addition to the Bible itself, we can and should use and appreciate the writings and
works of godly men and women throughout history. They were raised up by God to teach
others the knowledge of His Word and to lead others in faith (Ephesians
4:11-15; 2 Timothy 2:2).
One example of a Christian work outside the Bible that has lasted for more than two
hundred years and has been invaluable to many is the classic, Pilgrim's Progress,
by John Bunyan. This is a very good book that gives a graphic picture of the overcoming
Christian walk through this world.
However, even in listening to men and women of God or in reading their works, we must prove
what we hear to be scriptural. That is a Christian s individual responsibility, as we saw
in an earlier lesson. Some scriptures that tell us how to do this, in addition to the
material in earlier sections, are: Mark 4:24, Matthew 7:20, and Matthew 12:33.
In addition, here are some practical guidelines for proving or testing those who
teach or preach:
- Notice the words of their mouths. Jesus said that the mouth speaks out of the abundance
of the heart (Matthew 12:34).
- Notice their lifestyles (Matthew 12:33).
- Notice the fruits of their spirits (Galatians 5:22,23)
On the other hand, do not expect perfection in any leader. No man or woman has all the
truth or is to the place where God is not working in them any longer. There was only one
perfect man: Jesus Christ. Men will fail at some time or other. Only God, the Holy Spirit,
and Jesus will never fail us.
If leaders are put up on pedestals as "stars" or "heroes and
heroines", our expectations will sooner or later turn to disillusionment, and then we
will be tempted to judge them. However, we may look to them as godly role models and as
examples, when we see Jesus demonstrated in their lives.
Here are some more don'ts concerning our right attitudes to leaders:
- Do not exalt spiritual leaders as special persons, but do honor and respect their
offices in Jesus and listen to them.
- Do not put them above God.
- Do not expect them to do our praying for us. Do not expect them to make decisions for
us. Check out any counsel with the Word, and remember that we are individually accountable
to God for our personal choices and decisions. They may help us come to right decisions
based on the Word of God.
- Do not refuse all of a teaching or all of their advice simply because it is not possible
to agree with part of it. We should accept what is right and throw out the rest if we know
it is not right. However, if the part we cannot accept is something we may not yet
understand, then we would be wise to lay it aside for the time being and study to
- Do not have an unteachable spirit so that truth cannot be received when it comes in
different teaching or preaching styles or in a different type of word usage.
- Do not accept a teaching if it does not glorify Jesus and His kingdom. However, a hard
word that glorifies God and His Word can be God's correction to us, when it is movtivated
by love for us. Test the spirit (attitude) of the person delivering that word.
We also need to test or prove our calling from God. If we truly are called of God to do
a special work for Him, we must know the answers to the following questions:
- What has God called me to do?
- When does He want me to do it?
- How does He want me to do it? (In other words, what is His plan for doing this work?)
In conclusion, then, principles for interpreting the Bible are:
- Let Scripture interpret Scripture.
- Prove an interpretation in the mouth of two or three witnesses.
- Find the first time a certain subject is mentioned in Scripture and study that for its
fuller meaning (the law of first mention).
- Take the Bible literally wherever possible and as it makes sense. Consider it from the
standpoint of God's power, ability, and character.
- Gain familiarity with the Bible as a whole. In other words, get to know the forest, not
just what some individual trees look like.
- Do not handle the Word of God deceitfully (2 Corinthians 4:2).
In other words, we should not make it say what we want it to or what someone else
has told us it says. And, do not use it as "fortune-telling."
Lesson for Section Four
[Author s Note: All Scripture references that answer these questions have been
given. Please do not look at the answer pages until the questions have been answered. This
is an expository lesson to help Bible students learn more of the ways and Word of God.]
- What is the primary rule of Biblical interpretation?
- Explain the principle to be gained from the examples used in the expository introduction
about the Apostles Peter and John and their use of the primary rule of interpretating the
(Matthew 22:36-38; Acts 5:29-33, 38, 39)
- What is the second main rule of Biblical interpretation?
- What is the third rule of interpretation that directs us to locate or find a topic or
concept where it is first introduced in the Bible called?
- According to this method of interpretation, what would the "stars" of Revelation
12:4 be referring to?
- List the other four guidelines given in the expository introduction to this section:
- What is one of God's plans for teaching us His Word, according to Ephesians 4:11-15
(especially verses 11,12)?
- In listening to men, what must we first do (Mark 4:24)?
- What is the Biblical test for "proving" men (Matthew 7:20,12:33-35)
- List the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23).
- What are some practical guidelines for proving or testing spiritual leaders?
- What is the proper perspective to have of leaders? [See the don'ts in the expository
[Author s Note: For the rest of the Lesson, refer back to the Review Outline in
Section One for Prove All Things, as well as to the book itself.]
- A guideline for proving true or false doctrines can be found in 1 John 4:1-8. [Anti
means "against" or "instead of" ; Christ means "the
Anointed One". So the "spirit of antichrist" in those verses means someone
or something that is against or is being offered as a substitute for Jesus, the true
Christ, anointed of God as His only begotten Son (John 3:16).]
False doctrines deny:
- We can know if a doctrine is true, if:
[When the Spirit of God ministers a strong word, it will have God's authority,
stability, and love undergirding it.]
- All supernatural manifestations, such as dreams, visions, revelations, prophecies,
voices, and so forth should be tested or proved by the Word of God. We can know something
supernatural is not of God, if it:
Reference: James 3:13-18
- God's wisdom and His manifestations produce good ____________________________.
- List some other things from James 3:13-18 that God's wisdom produces:
- Proving and testing our calling from God is a must. We must know without a doubt the
answers to the following questions before stepping out into a fulltime ministry (Romans
12:7). If I believe I am called of God, I must know:
- Judging is also part of the testing and proving we are to do as Christians.
Jesus didn't tell us not to judge, but rather how to judge (Matthew 7:1-5). How are
we to judge?
- Some people erroneously believe Old Testament saints were saved by works and New
Testament saints are saved bygrace. But the law is the will of God, and grace is His
undeserved favor and power to do His will. We do not obey the law to be saved, but because
we are saved. The law points out sin. Grace saves from sin. Law and grace both are as
valid today as in the Old Testament.
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to
destroy, but to fulfill.
An example of grace in the Old Testament is found in the story of how God dealt with
David after he sinned by committing adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband killed.
And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto
David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
2 Samuel 12:13
- How are saints of all ages saved? __________________________________
- Define mercy: ____________________
- Define grace: ____________________
- How are we to judge ourselves?
- Judging ourselves involves:
- Judging ourselves frees Christians from being judged by God.
And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to
judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words,
hath one that judgeth him; the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the
Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee:
know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the
Lord thy God .
- The judgment of God on evil works can also be expressed as:
(See page 16 of Prove All Things.)
- As Christians, who took our penalty for us?
- If Jesus took the penalty for us, must we still undergo it?
- How does God chastise His children who are rebellious?
- In judging ourselves, we must guard against Satan's false accusations, because a) The
Holy Spirit reproves or convicts of sin, while b) Satan condemns and accuses.
- What is the conviction of God ?
Reference: John 16:8; 1 Corinthians 10:13
- What is the condemnation of the devil?
Reference: John 3:18-21
- In judging ourselves, we must not forget the sins of omission as well as the sins
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
- Define sins of commission.
- Define sins of omission.
- Would prayerlessness be sin for a Christian?
Anything short of a total commitment to God is sin.
Overcoming Life Memory Verses
The suggested memory verses for this lesson are:
"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 )."
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be
perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works (2 Timothy 3:16-17)."
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