How Can We Better Understand the Scriptures in the Bible?
Written by Christi Given | December 11, 2013
A girl recently posted on Project Inspired: “Well, I really try to read the Bible, but it’s just so confusing most of the time.”
I want to discuss the revelation of the Bible, how to better understand it and what to do when we don’t understand the Word of God.
HOW CAN WE BETTER UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE?
Here are four tips to help you understand the scriptures.
1. First, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s Word to us. If you are not a believer, consider asking God to be Lord of your life. If you confess that you believe in your heart that Jesus died on the cross for your sins, rose again on the third day and stood in your place for the sins you have committed, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9-10)
Romans 10: 9-10 also says: “…if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
Salvation means to be saved. We, as believers in Christ Jesus, are saved from the second death—we believe we will be alive with Christ (Romans 6:5-8) and with our loved ones in eternity, escaping the second death (which is eternal separation from God). This separation in darkness is what is called Hell (Hades); the second death is also known as “the lake of fire.” (See the scripture in Revelation 20: 12-15.)
If you say a prayer in your mind or out loud, you are inviting God (the Spirit) to come into your life. This is called the Holy Spirit, also known as the Holy Ghost (John 14:26). The Spirit dwells within us and is like our navigator in life. An example of the Spirit at work is when can hear a voice within us (John 10), or a tug on our hearts to do something for someone or to pray for someone, or how we know when something is right or wrong.
Ask Jesus to be Lord of your life. There is one God, but there are three parts: God (the Father), Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. Just like we are body, soul, spirit, so is God in three persons. (John 1)
“For there are three who bear witnesses in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.” —1 John 5:7
If you do not have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of you, it may be difficult to understand the Bible because God is a Spirit and the Word consists of the things of the Spirit. It says in the Bible that the carnal (fleshly/wordly) man cannot understand the things of the Spirit…it says it sounds like foolishness to them!
“But 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.” —1 Corinthians 2:14
So we need to ask God to become the King and ruler of our life first, then we can see more clearly what God is saying in the Bible. If you don’t have a relationship with Him, how can you know His voice? It’s like if you called someone you didn’t have a relationship with and you’re supposed to know who they are without ever having spoken to them. We need to come into communion and relationship with God the Father, through Jesus (the cross), and we will receive the Holy Spirit, who will show us the truth. (John 3)
2. Next, in order to understand the Bible, we should have a pastor and teacher.
If you are a new believer, get plugged into a home church where you regularly attend. It’s vital for your growth to be planted into the house of God. If you’re on your own trying to stand on your own two feet, it will be a struggle. In Hebrews, the Bible tells us to “not forsake the gathering of believers.” Also, it says that:
“Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.” —Psalm 92:13
When we have a teacher, mentor or pastor who is more mature in the faith than we are, we can glean from their wisdom and we can better understand the scriptures. Most pastors have been accredited from a university or seminary where they have dissected and really studied the Word of God in depth. They are most likely going to be able to help you with any questions you may have about the Bible. No, man won’t have ALL the answers, but a pastor will help you to the best of his ability.
3. Know that it is normal and healthy to ask questions. Jesus said:
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you…” —Matthew 7:7
In the book of James, he says:
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (Ch. 1 verse 5)
4. Join a Bible study, youth group or life group.
Most churches have additional resources for their church such as “youth” or “college” groups. There may be a women’s Bible Study available to you, your family and friends. Just ask your pastor or youth leader where you can learn more about the Bible and your faith. Not only is this a great way to expand deeper in your faith, but it will also enlarge your circle of Christian friends, which is awesome!
I have met some of my closest friends through church and youth groups! It’s not only fun to learn more about God, but also a great experience. When I was growing up, we had houseboat trips on the lake in the summer, and snowboarding and ski trips in the winter! Youth groups are some of the best outlets to meet great Sisters in Christ, as well as to really learn more about Jesus and His love for YOU!
I encourage you to continue to read the Bible, and again ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into the true revelation of God’s Word, stay plugged into your local church, ask a mentor or pastor about anything you don’t understand and keep seeking God—He will guide you! I am praying for you, PI Girls!
Comment below if this helps! Also, if you’ve had a question about the Bible, how did you find an answer?