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For those undecided ones who wonder, wander, and worry….
When a religious soul turns from the Bible or changes it to suit self, he/she forms a personal religion;
When one forms a personal religion he/she changes God's ways to man's ways;
When one changes God's ways he/she serves self and pleases Satan;
When one serves self and pleases Satan he/she falls into a trap;
Don't fall into Satan's trap ---hold to the Bible and learn God's ways. - RLD
BIBLE STUDY METHOD
1. WAY TO STUDY THE BIBLE: In the first place, if we don't study we will likely end up following after many voices to our loss and confusion. If one is a true "born again" believer in Jesus, the Christ of God (as shown in John 1; John 3; John 14; etc.), then that one needs to know the mind and ways of God. A good way to study the Bible is to have a system.
2. CULTIVATE A DESIRE TO HEAR GOD SPEAKING TO YOU, and desire to know His message for your life. This comes from "all the counsel of God" (Acts 20:27), not just interpretations of a few verses. There are no contradictions in the Bible. One needs to see the harmony of Scripture, and the Holy Spirit will apply the truth of it. Do you really want to know what God thinks? Begin by prayer asking God to teach you by His Word as well as circumstances.
3. SET A TIME DAILY OR WEEKLY; otherwise study won't likely happen. Decide on the method and course, and prepare. Without a sound method, one will wander and misapply Scripture ---the venerable King James Version is recommended as being much depended on over 300-400 years; ask Bible Truth Publishers at Addison, IL --USA for help and a catalog (see at the Internet site: Bibletruthpublishers.com):
a) A progressive study of the several aspects of the Bible: BIBLE GENERAL, which encompasses such as overview showing the differences in the 66 books ---as Old Testament and New Testament; and deity; creation; God dealing with mankind; the covenant with Israel; early history; etc. REDEMPTION WAY ---the coming of Israel's Messiah (which has been mostly rejected by them); the birth of the Savior in Jesus, the Christ of God for all mankind, and His ministry for eternal life and blessings in the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) ---and without this, one will have no relationship with our eternal Creator-God; CHURCH TRUTH ---as that which shows the scriptural path for the saints (sanctified ones) as in the Epistles (church letters); "unity of the faith" world-wide; the collective testimony of the redeemed souls; sharing in Bible studies; the collective Lord's Supper and His Table; fellowship universal as Bible-Only expressing the "one body in Christ"; and finally the end times prophecy, judgments and eternal destiny as Revelation shows; SPIRITUAL LIFE ---concerning our walk and conversation to honor and obey God; keep His Word; witness to all mankind in love, with prayer and communion with our Savior ---the Lord Jesus.
b) A study of topics or subjects that are essential to the believer's pathway---e.g. holiness, worship, devotion, service, trials, marriage & practical choices, etc. Choose a subject of special interest and learn about it, rather than just reason over it. Good ministry is available from the sources shown herein.
c) A study of each Book and chapter in a progressive way through the Bible: One can read a chapter, pray over it, and then read some sound ministry on it from reliable sources. Some suggest a chapter a day with much prayer. One has said: We ought to do as a cow --"eat, then pause and chew on it awhile". It is important to see that there are no contradictions in the Word of God, and verses ought to be understood first in their context.
4. Have a concordance available, and a good Bible dictionary. The Concise Bible Dictionary is an excellent aide (available at Bible Truth Publishers); also, have paper to take notes for questions and further inquiry. -RLD.
Notes On The Trinity
Such a subject is too far beyond our poor natural minds to fully comprehend it, but some things we know by the Word of God if we will value it. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one God (see Matt:3:16-17; John 14). A young man once said: 'I cannot see how three can be one'. Well, "With God all things are possible" (Matt.19:26), whether our finite minds can see it or not. Consider also man, who is a trinity of body, soul, and spirit (I Thess.5:23; Heb.4:12). Our Creator, though, is not confined to a body.
God is ethereal and everywhere like the very air---and beyond, for He is throughout the universe. Jehovah God--the FATHER (originator, precursor, begetter, progenitor for man) is the source of the Mind over all, who was pleased to manifest Himself to believers as a Father who cares for His children, and directs all things (I Cor. 15: 22-28). God--the HOLY SPIRIT is that same Mind, who is the silent worker and Power and Teacher of God's will and purposes, and is always addressed in the third person (He), not in the second person (You) ---and we do not speak to the Spirit. God as the SON is the Lord Jesus, the Christ of God ---one with the Father, "who is the image of the invisible God" (Col.1:12-19), and the Savior. "The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us" (John 1:14; John 14:23; I Tim. 3:16). Our conversation is with the Father and with the Son (I John 1:3) and not the Spirit.
One should see that God is the TOTALITY of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We cannot rightly trichotomize Him or fully comprehend Him. The Word of God says no man has seen God at any time, and it appears no one will see Jehovah-God. The Lord Jesus manifested Him, and said: "he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father" (John 14; Col.1: 15) ---that is God. When the Lord said He and the Father would come and make their abode with us (John 14:23), that is by the Spirit indwelling us ---that is God. When we get home to heaven we will see the Lord Jesus and dwell with Him in the Father's house, and we will hear the Father speaking (He, who is God), but no one can otherwise see God. We have one to see when we get home, even Jesus the Christ, our Lord. He is God manifested in the flesh for us who believe (see I Tim.3:16), and surely the "Bride" (the Church) will desire to see Him more than the house where she will dwell.
We can be thankful that the Creator God has come down to where we are, that He might redeem and restore corrupted and lost souls by paying that price which man could never pay, lead and keep us, and take us home to Himself one day. That is grace. Man is ruined by sin through the temptation of Satan, and no man could save another; but God became a man: "who knew no sin", and provided salvation at a great cost to Himself. If man will respond to God's love and be thankful, he will come to know God through His Son. The promise of God is as Jesus said: "If a man love Me, he will keep My words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him and make our abode with him" (John 14:23)---the Trinity.
Why should He love us so? For one thing, He created us to be His children so we might know Him and learn to love Him. His desire is to have us with Him, not to banish us to condemnation in hell (II Pet.3:9). He is "not willing that any should perish", but many will for they choose to reject God who is holy and pure, and remain in their sins.
God might be pleased to think upon souls, save them, and give them a new Spiritual birth as a "child of God", but faithful ones must own the work and make it good to their own souls, by believing and confessing the Savior (see Rom.10). Note: "He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God, hath not life" (I John 5:12).
"Oh, think of the King of glory---from heaven to earth, come down;
His life so pure and holy; His death, His cross, His crown;
Of His divine compassion, His sacrifice for thee:
Then what will you do with Jesus? Oh, what shall the answer be?"
Some verses to consider regarding the Trinity of God: Gen.1:26; Gen.3:22; Psa.22; Isa.9:6; Isa.53; Matt.1:21-25; Matt.3:16-17; Matt.16:15-20; Matt.26:63-66; Mark 1:24; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1-5, 10; John 4:26; John 5:18, 23; John 6:69; John 8:23-24, 56-58; John 10:30; John 14:1-11, 16-23; John 17:5; John 20:27-29; Phil.2:10; Col.1:12-19; Col.2:8-10; I Tim.3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Heb.1. - R. L. D.: GD01; 7/06; add 02/20.