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"Yes, I am coming quickly." Amen.
Revelation 22:20

This is a Home Bible study. It exists to promote the Word of God as it's written, which means nothing added or taken away, and minus opinions.

The Bible is the only source of Divine Truth in the world today. Although it is both helpful and informative in many ways, the Bible often doesn't tell us everything we want to know but the Bible does tell us everything we need to know.

My role is to guide you through the Scriptures; to explain what this book says and in some cases what it does not say because this is just as important.

Ultimately, you have a decision to make concerning your salvation - no one can make it for you. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator God, has given everyone the ability to make choices - this is is called "Free Will." I pray you consider your choice wisely.

II Timothy 2:15

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.


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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bible Questions Answered

Home Bible Study, Lutz, Florida
Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
2 Timothy 2:15

Is there more than one gospel in effect today?

Part VI

The short answer is no.  If I left it at that most folks would assume that this is my opinion.   
But we’re not dealing with opinions here.

An opinion is what it is, but the Word of God is incorruptible and unshakeable.
Truth stands the test of time.

Isaiah 40

8: The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.

I have taken you through the Bible in these five previous lessons to show you what Scripture says regarding the Covenant Gospel or the Gospel of the Kingdom.

We began with the Covenant Gospel because it was the first gospel message, per God’s prophetic program.   We examined its origin, and why it came to be.  We learned that this gospel is nation specific, meaning it was meant for the nation of Israel only.

Scripture says that Jesus Christ was sent to His own, “to fulfill the promises made to the fathers” (Romans 15:8).

FYI all of our previous Bible lessons are available for your review @ HBSGroup.Blogspot.com

We will soon examine what Scripture has to say about Paul’s Gospel of Grace.
This is the gospel which replaced the Covenant Gospel.  But before I get to that I want to answer a couple of questions I received.  I pray you’ll find that this brief detour enhances your Bible study.

Question #1
What’s the #1 reason God gave us the Bible?
The Bible has many good and practical uses.  Amen.
But we’re going to look at the number one reason why it’s here with us.

Please open your Bible to 2 Peter, chapter 3.
2 Peter 3

15: …and regard the (what) patience of our Lord as (what’s the next word) salvation; (There’s the answer.  God has given us this book for the purpose of salvation.  In addition, this book pinpoints the only way to salvation; which is by faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ; plus nothing else) just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you (What’s Peter saying?  Peter is saying, among other things, Paul’s epistles are not only Scripture but have the same cause and effect for all those who believe – Salvation)

If you were at sea, and had the misfortune to be swept over the side of the ship and into the ocean, without someone’s assistance, or a flotation device, there is a good chance you’d drown.  Consider the Bible in that light.  It’s your lifeline.

Faith in Jesus’ shed blood alone removes us from under God’s condemnation.

Romans 5

9: Much more then, having now been justified (meaning – just as if you’d never sinned) by (faith in) His (what’s the next word) blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

No Bible dictionary needed to understand that verse.
After you choose to believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, you are then saved from God’s wrath.

And you have peace with God.

Romans 5

1: Therefore, having been justified by (what) faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

All those who choose not to believe do not have peace with God and one day will face His wrath and His judgment.  This is what Scripture says.

I want you to know that I believe what this book says from Genesis to Revelation.
In this age the Bible is one place I’m certain to find truth every time I visit it.
How many other places hold that same distinction in this world?

The Creator God desires that all men come to the knowledge of the truth.

The Apostle Paul writes:
1 Timothy 2

3: This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,

4: who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

When you consider your salvation, what you believe matters to God.

Asking Jesus to “come into your heart” is not a salvation experience.
Asking Jesus to “come into your life” is not a salvation experience.

Believing that Jesus is the Son of God is not a salvation experience.

You see all these statements leave out what God said is essential to your salvation experience and that is faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

God has laid out His plan for salvation and explained it clearly in this book.
Anyone can read it, understand it, and follow through with it.

All you need to do is believe.  That’s the “good news.”
Read I Corinthians 15:1-4 and believe.

Question #2
Why are my Bible lessons so long?  

I don’t know of one pastor who hasn’t heard this same question in one form or another on any given Sunday.  Now I’m not a pastor.   I’m a lay person meaning = I am not affiliated with any specific church denomination.  There are no diplomas hanging on my wall from a Bible college or university.  But I’ve been asked this question more than a few times over the years.  And my reply has been consistent.

My teaching style stems from this premise.
Not many people read their Bible and few still study their Bible.
That’s my starting point.

In addition to that:
#1 we’re not all at the same spiritual level.
#2 we’re not all at the same educational level.

And yet, the Lord Jesus Christ desires that all men come to the knowledge of the truth.

1 Timothy 2

3: This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,

4: who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

My Bible lessons are not meant to be a quick read.
They are meant to be a part of your regular Bible study.

I try to keep Bible study interesting as well as informative.  
Perhaps this is why my lessons have a tendency to “run on” a bit.

For those who state, “I read my Bible and that’s enough.”  It’s not enough.
Those who only read their Bible miss 80% percent of the Truth God wants you to know.

Bible reading should be a part of every Believer’s daily quiet time with the Lord along with prayer that includes praise, thanksgiving, and your petitions.  
Bible reading is one way, along with prayer, to refresh your Spirit.

Bible study, as opposed to Bible reading, concentrates on a single topic, Bible character, or Bible book for a closer look.  Let’s use the book of Ephesians for example.
You may have read through this book once or twice in the past and that’s good.  

But in order to understand what Ephesians is really communicating you need to set aside a block of time and “dig deeper” into God’s Word.  That’s where an in-depth Bible study comes in.  Bible study takes a longer uninterrupted period of time.  Time is the key.
In addition, it’s also helpful to partner with others who share this same interest.   

This Home Bible Study is and always will be about what the Bible says.
It’s never going to be about my opinion.  If the Bible is unclear or does not reveal the answer you are seeking, it is best to leave it at that and move on.
 
The Bible will not tell you everything you WANT to know.
But the Bible will tell you everything you NEED to know.  Amen.

I pray my efforts will get you interested in studying the Bible on your own.    

General Rules of Bible Study:

  • ASK, what does the scripture you are studying clearly say?

  • ASK, what does the scripture you are studying NOT say?

  • ASK, to whom was the Bible book containing the scripture you are studying written to?     Who wrote the book?  Who is speaking the scripture(s) in question?

  • Seek to understand the general time frame in history when the Bible verses you are studying was written.  History plays a role in your Bible study.

  • Remember that the Bible at times uses parables, allegories, symbols, poetry, metaphors and other figures of speech and literary techniques to reveal God's truth.

  • Don’t bring your own personal assumptions and preconceived notions into your understanding or conclusions.


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