Interpretation Hermeneutics Exegesis

Rightly Handling the Word of God

Romans 10:2 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to accurate knowledge.[1]

THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT_1410-2250Though many unbelievers have studied the Bible to some degree, they do not want to believe what it says. Many Christians have studied the Bible for many years and, they do not understand correctly or fully what it says. The in-depth study of God’s Word by Christians has gone on for 2,000 years, since the days of the apostles. There are now 41,000 different denominations that call themselves Christian, all of which teach different views of the same Bible doctrines. To be frank, for every Christian the truths that lie within the Scriptures becomes more clear as we grow in knowledge, as we grow in understanding of the history of God’s people in their culture and times, as we gain a basic understand of the original languages of Hebrew and Greek, as well the fundamentals of the Bible translation process, textual studies of Old and New Testament manuscripts. Moreover, the most important knowledge that leads to an accurate understanding of God’s Word is HOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE: Rightly Handling the Word of God and INTERPRETING THE BIBLE: Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics. Thus, some views that we formerly believed might need to be adjusted as we grow in knowledge and understanding, which requires humility. True Christians take care to understand what the Bible really teaches.

[1] Accurate Knowledge: (Gr. Epignosis) A strengthened or intensified form of gnosis (epi, meaning “additional”), meaning, “true,” “real,” “full,” “complete” or “accurate,” depending upon the context. Paul and Peter alone use epignosis.–Rom. 1:28; Eph. 1:17; Php 1:9; Col. 1:9-10; 1 Tim 2:4.