In the Study of God's Word

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2 Timothy 3:16-17  

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 complete, thoroughly equipped for every good  work.
 

2 Timothy 2:15 

 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
 

Steps Into The Word of God

Step 1 

Make  your own plan in how you are going to read God's Word. Some begin by  reading through the Old Testament.  Some begin with the New Testament.   Some pick out a particular book and begin reading.  Others may begin  with the Psalms. Which ever you choose, you have begun to read the most  import pathway to the light.

Step 2 

 Ask yourself if you understand what you are reading.
If you feel you need help with that, there are many online Bible studies  available that include the book you are reading. The following  is a  link  to online studies. 

Step 3

 Ask yourself what this means to you. 
Often this is a good time to pray to God for help. Often we feel we  don't know how to pray. Many will testify to having becomes so helpless  there was no other place to turn. This God truly understands and His  word tells us, The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,a broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise. 

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Step 4

 Ask yourself the question, "How does the truth which God's Word discloses apply to me?
And then the big struggle comes which involves more prayer life. "Give me the faith to live by this word." 

Step 5

 When the Apostle Paul tells young Timothy the following, those same instructions apply to any student of the word of God. 
Learning how to rightly divide the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15. The  Word of God contains some very powerful truths, and learning to divide  these truths can mean learning how to fit all these truths into one  living truth. That means you just don't take parts of it that satisfy  you and ignore the rest. With the help of prayer, let the entire Word of  God speak to you. 

The Word of God is God's message to us Martin Luther. 

Life in the Word

 

You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, John 5:39

Reading the Word of God brings us to Jesus Christ in whom we have eternal life. Eternal life does happen in our heads but in a relationship with Jesus Christ. As soon was one tries to explain a term that applies to this relationship, all kinds of thoughts and interpretations emerge. The term is unio mystica, which one might think of as a mystical union. One of the worldviews, pantheisms, levitates over this term. I prefer to think of this expression in terms of the glory of the relationship God has established for us through Jesus Christ. 

When we seek Jesus in the Word of God, God the source of all life is made present to us. The Hebrew word, פָּנִים means face which might best be understood as standing “before” the Lord. 

“’“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’ Numbers 6:24-26  

We don’t seek God through Christ because God is lost. We are lost at all times and God is this jealous God who keeps seeking us through Christ. Because we are natural citizens of a lost world the only means we have of seeking anything is through our physical faculties. Thus when our bodies suffer in the many ways that they do they cry out through the only means they have, their frail bodies which bring no comfort to our souls.

That is what Peter did. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" Matthew 14:30

This is the voice God hears through Christ. “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” Psalm 51:17

If our seeking of God is not tempered by our frail faith, His promises will not be fulfilled in us. As Luther wrote,  I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers. On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ. 

Commentaries on the Word of God

 

There are Bible Commentaries and Bible Concordances if one wishes to dig deeper in the Word of God. Because the managers of this website come from a Lutheran background there are many commentaries that can be recommended to the viewer. The Concordia Publishing House commentaries that are the result of the work of many Bible scholars. There is a series of commentaries that are published under the name, People’s Bible Commentary which are copyrighted by Northwestern Publishing House. The reader would find these extremely helpful for anyone who seeks an easy-to-understand commentary.  has a number of 

A Bible concordance is a book that contains every word used in the Bible, and you look up a word and see a list of all the passages where that word is used. Strong's Concordance of the Bible is a good example, and is a very heavy book.  



 

Matthew Henry’s Commentary It feels like a devotional, but is so solid theologically, it functions as a commentary. This is a great resource to seek direction on a difficult passage, to get some background and gain valuable insight.  

Calvin’s Commentaries Too many times the important works of Calvin are thrown out with the bathwater over sore feelings left from debates of Augustine vs. Pelagian/Calvin vs. Arminius, feuding since the 17th century. But keep in mind that even Arminius recommended the works of Calvin. And for those of us who can’t wholly adopt the “tulip” of his 5 points, don’t worry, you won’t be assaulted by this debate in his commentaries. He is thorough in his knowledge of scriptures and applies careful exegesis for verse by verse commentary. His commentary is a classic.  

Treasury of David, Charles H. Spurgeon This is a must-have commentary series for your theological library. Whether read through devotionally or used as a reference, this valuable work will minister to your soul and add insight into the beauty of the Psalms.  

Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament Franze Delitzsch (1813-1890) was a professor of Old Testament at the University of Liepzig and Johann Carl Freidrich Keil (1807-1888) was the professor of Biblical Exegesis and Oriental Languages at the University of Dorpat. Together these two scholars contribute to one of the most popular works on the Old Testament available.  

The Bible Knowledge Commentary: Old and New Testament All the original languages are transliterated for you in this 2-volume set and include an introduction, outline and commentary as well as bibliography for each book of the Bible. There are a great deal of visuals for greater clarity and numerous cross-references to support the wise practice of comparing scripture with scripture in understanding the text.  

New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition If you want a commentary that is concise, you can’t beat this single-volume commentary. There is a wealth of contextual information included for each of the 66 books of the Bible, including discussions on authorship, dates, historical setting, etc. I appreciate that this commentary has a profound respect for the inerrancy of scripture.This is a great start if you do not already own a strong one-volume commentary on the entire Bible. 

 

Most commentaries serve as a resource guide that is usually commentating on every chapter and verse in the Bible that you wish to better understand. Many commentaries can help you to a richer understanding of a particular word or phrase in the Bible such as the” Blood of Jesus.”  Some commentaries can help you locate references to a particular book in the bible with other books of the Bible that contain the same concept such as the “Bread of Life.”  Many of the IPhone apps are excellent resources for this type of search.


 

There are scores of Study Bibles and a flood of Bible Studies available to us through the media. But Martin Luther wrote these words in Luther’s Small Catechism, “I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.
This Gospel Luther speaks of is to be proclaimed to the world. We now live in a world where worldviews shape our thinking. That thinking desires to silence the authority of God and to shape the Word of God according to our own whims. Therefore it is urgently important that when the desire to proclaim the Gospel is shaped by the desire to become significant the will of God is silenced.  It cannot be both ways.
When Jesus commissioned His disciples He told them the following.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Matthew 28:18-20


When studying the Word of God the message that “you cannot serve two masters,” is clear.
We are engaged in a cosmic battle and we can listen to only one of two voices, the voice of Life or the voice of death. And it is only what Christ has done for us through the power of the Holy Spirit that will enable us to live according to the Will of God.



When We Study the Word We Grow in the Word

Growth in the Word of God can be likened to an organic growth. A plant needs the earth, the sun and the rain in order to grow. With time, growing into the word of God involves the nurturance of the Holy Spirit, the washing away of sins through what Christ has done for us and to the glory of God to which one is awakened.  This becomes the spiritual bread of life that sustains us while living in a world that is wasting away.