How Should We approach Study of the Scriptures?

 

Scripture is written at least in its purpose not as secular literature is set down by man for man. Purpose of all scripture is given by inspiration of God. As such it is from God to man. It transposes the divine Will through the agency of Holy Spirit for mankind. Purpose of the Bible is to render the student of the scriptures perfect, being throroughly furnished unto all good works. In this we may conclude God- centred literature is wholly apart from other works. Here it is worth remembering the observation of King Solomom, ’Of making books there is no end, and much study is weariness of the flesh.’ Ecc12:13. Opposite bears true for a child of God whose study leads him or her into perfection.(2Ti.3:16-17)

Since the Bible is God-centred where holy men of old became the amanuensis for the Holy Spirit. Synoptic gospels were not included as part of the Bible as a result of 4 apostles sat down together intending to write for inclusion in one book. There are other gospels extant in part or fragments which hold no place in the scheme of things. The gospels and epistles bear the impress of individual writer’s style,circumstances. Some are dictated to another or from the prison and some other expressly put down in the face of grave heretical controversies. Further there may be certain inadequacies in as far as literal values of man are applied, which is to be expected in the process of transposing the divine Will into tongues of men by men.

The Prime Mover in this process is Holy Spirit. As such in study of the scripture counsel of the Spirit in the Triune God must for the reader first and foremost be present. In our daily conversation we give shades to meaning consciously so another can grasp what we mean. Evenso these are words drawn from stream of consciousness which runs unchecked in our mind and we press them into service in time and place. That is all. The Bible is Holy not because of the human tongues however eloquently expressed in so many diverse passages but Holy Spirit has administered human speech like a sacrament for our spiritual uplift. Like braking of bread takes on altogether a new significance, the Holy Spirit has made use of human vocabulary for God’s use. When St. Peter writes about transfiguration of Jesus he applies ‘Holy’ to the mount(2 Pe.1:18).  Holy Spirit elevates human tongue to emphasize the God-element in the equation. Holy Spirit is the medium between the two.

Where life and death is on the line we do not mince words. How are we endued with power from above if not Holy Spirit takes a hand? Where our faith is on the dock we are not falling back on traditions and good manners that may fit the drawing room but not for eternity. Words of our Lord Saviour is worth repeating here.’ For it is not ye that speak but the Spirit of your Father, who speaketh in you.’(Mt.10:19-20, Mk.13:11). The study of scriptures is to stiffen our backbone as well as make our knees supple. Word of God gives us to handle power correctly so while we respect authority of men sovereignty of God over us is complete.

The Bible is inerrant. For the worldly it is all foolish but to a child of God (1 Cor. 1:18) it is power of God. For scripture is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction for instruction in righteousness.(2 Ti.3:16). Needless to say reason must work as well as grace add its value-based spiritual nourishment.

benny

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About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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