WHAT DOES THAT VERSE MEAN?

Ever read a tough Bible verse and can’t figure out what it means?

What do you do to figure it out it’s meaning?

Google?

Sadly , Google is becoming the most common used commentary for people who don’t understand a Bible verse.


There are plenty of Bible verses that we read and don’t know what to do next with the mystery of a passage.

We have to have some plan.

I have some help for you and it’s very simple.

 

Here are some thoughts through the ages on how to get meaning from a passage.

It is simple but it’s profound.

 

This is the way I have read and studied the Bible

The second greatest resource you can have after a concordance is a THE TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE.  It is ONE MILLION cross references on every verse of the Bible. It is the Thompson Chain Reference on steroids.  It is the greatest resource for interpreting a passage.  It interprets the Bible with the Bible.

 

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I love what the  great Puritan writer Thomas Watson once wisely stated in regards to interpreting passages of Scripture….

 

Nothing can cut the diamond but the diamond; nothing can interpret Scripture but Scripture.

 

 

Luther agreed writing that “Scripture is its own expositor.”

 

 

The Puritan writer William Gurnall exhorted believers to…

Compare Scripture with Scripture. False doctrines, like false witnesses, agree not among themselves.

In his work “Analogia Scripturae” Martin Luther said that obscure passages are to be understood in light of the clear passages emphasizing that

 

 

Finally the wise baptist sage,  Vance Havner,  once said…

It is always easier to understand what the Bible says than to understand what somebody thinks it meant to say

 

Next time you get stuck on a passage, think Bible not commentary. Is there an OT story that can help give clarity to the meaning of this verse?  Is there another verse that gives a clearer depiction of this principle?  

The Bible is a supernatural book and God will never contradict Himself. It’s there just read. 


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