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Principles of Bible Study
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Posted on Thu, Nov 4, 2004
It is of the utmost importance that the student should approach the Bible in a reverent attitude of mind
The Spiritual Attitude Indispensable. It is of the utmost importance that the student should approach the Bible in a reverent attitude of mind, regarding it as the inspired Word of God, and not as an ordinary literary production.
It may be read, or studied, in the same spirit as a volume of Milton, Shakespeare or some historical work and it well be found interesting and profitable; but the merely literary student, or critic, however scholarly and persistent he may be, will never discover its choicest treasures because he has an extinguisher on his light.
Paul says, “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
Conscious Need Essential. The Bible should be studied as eagerly as a hungry man seeks for bread.
The formal reading of a portion of the “The Word’ each day may have some value as a religious exercise, but in order that the full benefit may be received from its truths they must be appropriated to personal needs. The delivery man on a baker’s wagon may handle a thousand loaves of bread a day, and yet go home hungry at night; so the Bible reader may peruse large portions of the Word of God with little profit, unless he makes it his own by personal appropriation and feeds upon it.
First-hand Knowledge Best. Many Christians are satisfied to receive all their truth filtered through the mind of some teacher, minister or commentator, seldom, or never, going to the Book of Books for independent study. They inevitable become more echoes of the opinions of others; they are not “grounded in the truth,” hence they are liable to be “carried about with every wind of doctrine.”
It is a great day for a little child when he learns to feed himself; so it becomes a new era in a believer’s life when he forms the habit of going daily to the original sources of spiritual truth for his own personal nourishment.
Study the Bible as a Traveler who seeks to obtain a thorough and experimental knowledge of a new country.
Go over its vast fields of truth; descend into its valleys; climb its mountains of vision; follow its streams of inspiration; enter its halls of instruction; visit its wondrous portrait galleries.
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