You Can Understand the Bible

This might be news to you, but you can understand the Bible. Most people are intimidated by the Bible. It’s too long. It’s too foreign. It’s too complicated. I even had a new believer say to me one time, “I’ve been reading my Bible, but I think I need to get a psychology degree to understand this thing!”

Understand the Bible

Maybe that’s you. Maybe you want to read the Bible. Maybe you have tried to read the Bible. But maybe you just haven’t had any success.

Well, here’s some good news! You can understand the Bible.

The Bible was written to be understood by ordinary people

The Bible was not written to be understood only by people with PhD’s or honor students or something like that. The Bible was written to be understood by everyone. Including you.

You can understand the Bible.

In fact, the Bible itself repeats over and over again that it is clear and understandable!

Moses writes this in Deuteronomy 6:6-7,

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Apparently Moses expected the Bible to be clear enough for the people of Israel to understand it enough teach it to their children!

Psalm 119:130 says,

“The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.”

What more proof do you need? Even the simple can understand God’s word.

The Bible was written for your benefit

Here’s something you need to understand about the Bible. The Bible was written for you to read and understand and benefit from.

Paul writes these words in 2 Timothy 3:16-17,

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

God gave you the Bible so that you could be trained and equipped and shaped and molded into the person He created you to be. Why would God keep those blessings from you by hiding them away in a book you could never understand?

He wouldn’t do that.

You can understand the Bible!

What next?

Read Your Bible

That sounds obvious. That is obvious. But the first step to understanding your Bible is reading your Bible.

I remember when I first started reading my Bible regularly. I read the Gospel of John and it changed my life. I had this hunger to read more. So I just kept going. I read Acts, Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, etc… I just kept going.

But honestly, I didn’t understand much of what I read. I didn’t understand the theological language. I didn’t understand who was who and what was what. I was pretty lost.

But I kept reading and reading and reading, and over time I began to understand more and more. And today I’m still reading my Bible regularly, and I’m still learning more and more!

That’s one of the amazing things about the Bible. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve read a particular book or a particular passage, there is always more! I love it.

Pray While You Read

This is probably one of the most neglected parts of Bible reading.

Reading and understanding your Bible is supernatural. The Bible is the word of God, and you need God’s help to read His word. But God will help you understand His word if you ask Him.

One of the ministries of the Holy Spirit is to guide believers into all truth (John 16:13).

When you’re having trouble understanding a particular passage or verse, ask God for help! You’d be amazed at what God will teach you when you pray as you read the Bible.

Get Help

If you’re a Christian, you should be connected to a local church. If you’re not, you are doing yourself a disservice. Get connected asap! Jesus didn’t just save you from your sin. He saved you to Himself. And the church is His body.

It is essential to your Christian life that you get connected to a healthy local church.

In any event, you probably have believers around you who know more than you do. Ask them for help!

Do you have a question about a particular passage or what a particular verse means? Are you confused about what Paul meant when he wrote this or what Jesus meant when He said that? Ask somebody for help. Ask somebody to explain it to you. It can really be that simple.

The Bible is God’s word, and it was written to be understood by ordinary people like you and me. And it was written for our benefit. Don’t buy into the lie that you can’t understand your Bible. Pick yours up today and start reading because you can understand your Bible!

 

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