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Keys to the Word’s Interpretation: In the Verse

We discussed in another teaching that there is no private interpretation when it comes to God’s Word. (see II Peter 1:21 and 21) That means that you and I are not to decide what we think God’s Word means, but we are to let the Word speak for itself. In order to do this we need to learn some of the keys to studying God’s Word. Today we will learn about one of the ways that the Bible “interprets” itself.

The first way that the Scriptures will interpret themselves, or tell us what they mean, is right in the verse. This means that you do not need a dictionary to understand the words; nor do you need to understand the culture at the time the Bible was written. It is clear from reading the verse what is meant. Let’s look at a few examples to help to understand this key to understanding the Scriptures.

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

This verse is very clear. We do not have to guess what it means. We do not need to know Greek, Aramaic or Hebrew to understand what it means. We know from reading this verse that God created the heaven and the earth in the beginning.

II Corinthians 1:3:
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.

Pretty clear, isn’t it – God is the Father of Jesus Christ and he is a God of comfort.

Philippians 4:4:
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

We read here that we should “rejoice” in the Lord always. Now if we wanted to learn more about rejoicing we can go to other verses in the Bible, but what we can clearly see from this verse is that we should “always rejoice.” What a joy!

These are just a few of the hundreds of verses in the Bible that interpret themselves “right where they are written.” Why don’t you take some time now to find other verses as well. Remember that studying God’s Word is something that He likes us to do!

Children's Fellowship — on February 8, 2004 @ 5:50 pm

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