1. ALL of Scripture is Inspired by God
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,2 Timothy 3:16
A. Notice that it says ALL scripture:
• The Old Testament and the New Testament needs to be considered
• Be very careful not to take one scripture without taking the whole of scripture. An example of this is about men not having long hair because that is what the Bible says:
Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him?1 Corinthians 11:14
The problem with making this an absolute, is that God told Samson and those who took the Nazarite vow to never cut their hair!
For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.”Judges 13:5
B. It is breathed in by the Spirit of God into us
• In the same way that the Spirit breathed life into Adam and Eve the Word of God enters you.
2. All Scripture Must be Read in Accordance with the Character of God Towards His Children
A. God is always good to His children
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”Luke 11:13
B. God is always looking towards humanity as their creator, for Him to become their Father.
3. All Scripture Must be Read in Accordance With the Original Purpose of God.
A. If we focus on the vision of God, and see everything that He does is to fulfil that vision, then we major on what He majors on.
Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,EPHESIANS 1:4-5
B. What you focus on is what you become.
For example, if our focus is on making sons and daughters of God, rather than “saving sinners” then our equipping of the saints will not be sin-focused, instead it will become Father, Son and Holy Spirit focused. They will then develop into sons and daughters who are holy and blameless through the love of the Father, the sanctifying of the Word (Jesus)
and the power and fruit of the Holy Spirit. Remember what you focus upon is what you become. If you focus on overcoming sin, you will often sin more, because you are becoming self-righteous, but if you commit it to the Lord and walk in the Spirit then you will overcome sin.
4. All Scripture Must be Studied in Light of the Active Covenant.
A. The Mosaic Covenant was nailed to the cross.
It is obsolete and therefore the elements of the Old Testament must ALWAYS be read in context of this.
having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.Colossians 2:14
In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.Hebrews 8:13
So for example both the CURSES and the BLESSINGS of the Old Covenant have been replaced by the BLESSINGS of the Beatitudes that are now active. The curses are no longer active, because Jesus became the curse for us .
B. The New Covenant is now the active Covenant, therefore all study must be seen through this lens.
• Jew and Gentile are now one
• Our minds and hearts will know the correct thing to do and think
• Believers will know the Lord individually
• Believers will be taught by the Lord
• Sins are no more
• Believers are now the people of God (sons and daughters)
5. We Must Not Make Absolutes in the Word of God Relative.
An example of an absolute
would be that homosexual marriages (homosexual relationships are sinful) are acceptable because that doesn’t apply now, only back then. We know that homosexuality is not acceptable because
• There is no scripture that contradicts this
• It goes against the concept of matrimony between man and wife being the first covenant God made.
6. Making a Relative Scriptural Reference into an Absolute Biblical Principle is a Sure Way to Introduce Legalism.
An example of relative scriptural reference
An example of wrong teaching on a cultural truth and making it an absolute for all christian women is that women cannot teach a man.
And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.1 Timothy 2:12
The reason why Paul taught this was because of the culture of the Ephesian church. If it was an absolute then we have the following problems:
• Mary taught the son of God – Jesus! She even did it until was in the ministry, and she was right!
Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”John 2:4-5
His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
• There are over 800 verses in the bible where teaching is by a woman. Are we therefore going to say that those 800 verses cannot be taught to men?
• Junia was a woman apostle mentioned in the Bible, and such a excellent apostle she is considered outstanding amongst the apostles
Greet Andronicus and Junia, my countrymen and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.Romans 16:7
7. We Need to Receive theWord of Life Four Ways.
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life—1 John 1:1
A. Hear – receive teaching from others
B. Seen – daily reading, read through the Bible once every year
C. Looked upon – study the Word of God diligently
D. Hands have handled – meditate upon. To meditate on the word of god means “to chew the cud” In the same way that a cow chews on grass, swallows it to digest it for a while, then regurgitates it up to chew some more, then swallows it again, until it is properly ready to receive all the nutrition. We need to do the same with the word of God.
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