The historical-grammatical method of interpretation is necessary if one is going to interpret the Bible rightly. This means that the interpreter must be sensitive to the historical context and setting of the passage under examination. It also means that the interpreter must be sensitive to its grammar or word usage. Another term frequently used by theologians... Continue Reading →
Spiritual truth can only be fully comprehended when the Holy Spirit illuminates a person’s mind. Spiritual regeneration is necessary in order to understand properly and apply Scripture. The Bible is a sacred book and is discerned best by those who are spiritually regenerated ~ i.e. born again. The apostle Paul said: The natural person does... Continue Reading →
It has been and will be mentioned several times on this blog, Christianity has lost its way in the great commission of proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, teaching biblical truths, and making disciples, even in the face of centuries of intensified missionary work this is true.
It has been aptly and truthfully said, “No importance can be attached to a religion that is not begun, carried on and completed by the Spirit of God.” That the Christian is led, guided and strengthened by the Spirit cannot be denied by any Bible reader. To deny the fact that the Spirit dwells in... Continue Reading →
It is obvious that we cannot read the Bible for long before the question arises as to what the Bible “means” and who or what determines that meaning. Neither can we read the Bible without possessing some purpose in reading. In other words, using more technical terminology, everyone who reads the Bible does so with a “hermeneutical” theory in mind. The issue is not whether one has such a theory but whether one’s “hermeneutics” is clear or unclear, adequate or inadequate, correct or incorrect.
What did the Bible authors mean by the words that they used? How can Christians determine this instead of imposing their modern-day opinions into the text? What implications does a text have for Christians today? How can Christians rightly apply the Bible in their lives?
Matthew 5:29 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 29 If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for one of your members to be lost to you than for your whole body to be thrown into Gehenna. Matthew 13:21 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 21 Yet he has no root in himself... Continue Reading →
The question that we might ask ourselves is “Am I among his servants or his foes?” (Oswalt 2003) We might go on once more and ask the question that Jesus asked, “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Lu 18:8) Do we currently see a restoration of pure worship today within Christianity?
Most understand the word “prophecy” to be another word for prediction. The Hebrew, navi and the Greek prophētēs (prophet), carry the meaning of one who is a proclaimer of God’s message and need not necessarily be foretelling of the future. He may very well be proclaiming a moral teaching, an expression of a divine command... Continue Reading →
A proverb is a short well-known pithy saying that expresses an obvious truth and often offers advice in a forceful way and is to the point, and frequently with an element of wit. Generally, the proverb will describe somebody or something with a word or phrase that is not meant to be taken literally. By... Continue Reading →