Posted by Gary on July 25, 2009
Very often I will hear people say that they cannot understand the Bible and find reading it very difficult and profitless. Immediately it is vital that we understand something about the Bible, it is unlike any other book, the author of the Bible is God Himself:
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
The Bible is unlike any other book also in this fact, I must personally know the author to understand His book. I enjoy reading about the Civil War but I need not have met Shelby Foote to understand what he has written about that conflict. I can go to a bookstore and pick any other book and no personal relationship is required to understand the author’s intent.
But when it comes to the Bible, I am on different ground. Understanding the Bible requires God imparting the Holy Spirit (who is the author of the Bible) into my heart and mind for me to understand. Without the Spirit who I cannot have apart from a relationship with God, I will never, can never, understand the Bible:
John 14:16-17 "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.”
John 16:13 "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”
Do you want to understand the Bible? You must be indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God. How does that happen? By acknowledging that your sin has caused a separation between you and the Holy God who made you. Then believe that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to receive the punishment your sin deserves for you. When a person acknowledges their sin and looks to Christ in simple faith (not attempted works and effort to earn forgiveness), that person is forgiven and God send’s His Spirit to dwell in them. When the Spirit comes He brings understanding of the Bible He authored.
The Bible is spiritual in the utmost sense, it is authored by the Spirit of God. In our sin we are separated from these truths and the author of them:
Romans 8:5 “For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”