Knowing What You Believe
Knowing What You Believe ...
How To's for Bible Study
My son, if thou wilt receive my words (the ones God speaks to you, Jb. 23:12), and hide my commandments with thee (be ready to obey His instruction); So that thou incline thine ear (listen for Him to speak) unto wisdom, and apply thine heart (the word God ministers to you) to understanding (get the Biblical definition of those words, found within the Bible); Yea, if thou criest after knowledge (express your heart to God), and liftest up thy voice for understanding (ask to know His will); If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures (God hid it from the wise and prudent); Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. Pr. 2:1-5
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man (neither preachers, prophets, teachers, professors, doctors, or theologians), but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world (no Webster's), but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth (without Hebrew or Greek), but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things (word searches) with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Co. 2:9-16
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (divide and conqueror). 2 Ti. 2:15
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth (darkness), but the spirit giveth life (light). 2 Co. 3:6
But the anointing which ye have received of him (the Spirit anointed words) abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 1 Jn. 2:27
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit ... Ro. 8:16 And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 1 Jn. 5:6
But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. Mk. 13:11 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say. Lu. 12:12
An EXAMPLE of what not to do:
His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance. De. 21:23
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 1 Jn. 4:8 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 1 Co. 12:3 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Ti. 3:15
We're not to use scriptural comparison to destroy one's testimony, but to promote holiness, edification, and such. For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Ro. 14:17 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Ep. 3:19
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Ro. 5:5 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 1 Jo. 5:3 (He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Mi. 6:8)
But seek ye first the kingdom of God (God is love and His throne grace), and his righteousness (for it is impossible for God to lie); and all these things shall be added unto you (whatsoever you have need of). Mt. 6:33
Ask, and it shall be given you;
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. Ja. 1:6
seek, and ye shall find;
(Don't tell God what He believes until you have heard it from Him.) And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Je. 29:13
knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Mt. 7:7
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:20-21 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1 Co. 2:13
Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. (And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Ac. 8:18) For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward. 1 Tim. 5:17-18
And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost. 1 Th. 1:6 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us. Ac. 15:8 (God is still no respecter of persons. In all the ways He loved them, He loves us.) Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice. He. 3:7
Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?
So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 3:7-4:16
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 1 Jn. 5:7