Understand Your Bible
Part One: A New Attitude

The first step to comprehending God's word is to change your attitude. Let's get started by asking a question.

Have you ever told yourself, "The Bible is complicated,"or words to that effect? If so,
you need to re-examine your outlook.

Let me explain by looking at a couple of example verses.
  • Genesis 1.1 says, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." You understand that verse, right?
  • Most likely you also understand John 3.16: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
  Please don't get annoyed with me. I'm struggling to make a point.

Namely, I believe you could honestly say that
there are at least SOME verses in the Bible that you understand completely. Maybe 10 verses? Perhaps more? If so, you shouldn't say, "The Bible is complicated." It would be more accurate to say, "PARTS of the Bible are complicated."
  Well then... what has all this got to do with your need for a change in attitude? Read on. I'll try to get you there in the next few paragraphs.

Jason and Alex

  • Pretend you are the parent of two sons. Alex is 12. Jason is 4.
  • One day Alex asks you, "Where do babies come from?" In response, you tell Alex all the details of human sexuality as an expression of love between husband and wife.
  • A few days later, Jason climbs on your lap and asks the same question. Do you give Jason the same detailed information you gave to Alex? Probably not.

I'm sure you understand the reason for the difference.

People are different

How old are YOU? Spiritually, I mean.

  • When God looks at your spiritual maturity, does He see a newborn baby, a young adult, or a senior citizen?
  • Bear in mind, your spiritual maturity is not determined solely by your chronological age, or even by the number of years that you have been a Christian.
  • I know some teen-agers who are very mature spiritually, and walk closely with God.
  • I also know a few older folks who have been Christians for many years but remain worldly and carnal -- still spiritual babies.

1 Peter 2.2 and Hebrews 5.13-14 show that parts of the Bible are spiritual milk, whereas other parts are spiritual meat. You wouldn't feed a rack of ribs to your newborn infant, would you? Neither would God.

As you read the Bible, TRUST GOD to decide which kind of spiritual food you need right now.

  as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby 1 Pet 2.2

For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But
strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Heb 5.13-14

Who is God speaking to?

God designed the Bible to meet the past, present, and future spiritual needs of all people, all age groups, all cultures, all races.

However, when you read the Bible,
God is NOT speaking to the world. God is speaking to just exactly one person and one person only. That person is YOU!

God is your Father. You are His child.

As a loving parent, God will use His Bible to speak to you with just exactly that information that you are ready for and need at your current level of spiritual maturity. No more and no less.

As you read the Bible, TRUST GOD to choose those verses which express His message to YOU, as His individual and unique child.

Your New Attitude

1- In the future when you read the Bible, the change you need to make in your attitude is this -- TRUST GOD!

When you get to a passage you don't understand, stop thinking it's your fault.

  • Remember who is the child (you) and who is the parent (God).
  • Remember who is the student (you) and who is the teacher (God).
  2- God (not you) decides what you need and are ready for.

If you give up on the Bible because there are parts you don't understand, what you are really doing is rejecting God's wisdom as your Father and Teacher.

3- From today forward, whenever you get stuck on a seemingly difficult Bible passage, just pray, "Okay Father, I'll trust YOU to decide when I'm ready for these verses."

And then... READ ON!


4- If you keep on reading on, guess what. You will read ALL the blessed way through God's Bible. You will!
If you don't yet understand all you read, so what?

Again I say -- TRUST GOD!

An Ironclad Guarantee

The second time you read through the Bible, God WILL explain passages to you that you couldn't understand the first time through. Ask any Pastor or Bible student. They will all tell you the same thing. In summary...

Read on, child of God!
Trust your Father!

God knows exactly WHAT you need from your Bible, and exactly WHEN you need it.

Understand Your Bible - Part 2


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