Understanding God's Word

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Understanding God's Word

Michael Pickford

Many in the world today are under the impression that Godís word simply canít be understood. They use this misconception to justify their lack of study and to justify religious division. Often weíll hear phrases like ďYour understanding and my understandingĒ or, ďThe Bible says one thing to you but it says something else to me.Ē These beliefs, although popular and sincerely believed by many, are just not true. Why view the Bible in this way? Men view no other book in this way. What about the Math book? No one believes that it says one thing to you and has another meaning for me. The same is true with English grammar books, Novels, Sports writings etc.. When God revealed His word to man, He only had one message in mind. Letís see what the Bible says about this.

The apostle Paul commanded, ďTherefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.Ē (Eph. 5:17. Why would God command us to understand something that canít be understood? In Ephesians chapter three, Paul, while talking about the Gospel being revealed to him, wrote in verse 4, ďby which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ.Ē Again, Paul said that it can be understood. In order to understand Godís word, one must, (1) Be willing to do Godís will. If a person reads a portion of Scripture with which he disagrees, or maybe it necessitates a change in his life that he is not willing to make, he simply brushes it off by saying, ďthatís not what it means, I canít understand it.Ē Jesus said, ďIf anyone wills to do His will, he shall know of the doctrine...Ē (Jn. 7:17). You must will to do Godís will, not yours, before you can open up your heart to a proper understanding of His word. (2) One must diligently study it. Without many hours of study one cannot come to a proper understanding of much of Godís word. This is why Paul told Timothy, ďStudy to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.Ē 2 Tim. 2:15. Peter tells us that some of the Scripture is ďdifficultĒ (not impossible) to understand (2 Pet. 3:16). Therefore, it is going to take some time and effort to understand them. But many are too busy to really study Godís word, this is why many donít understand it. Godís word can be understood!

What kind of God would God be if He revealed His will to us in His book, then made it impossible for us to understand? A cruel, unfair, unjust God indeed! Are you ready to attribute these characteristics to God? Iím not. But whenever you say that Godís word canít be understood, this is just what youíre doing. Again, folks donít understand Godís word because they arenít willing to do His will, and they donít spend enough time studying it! Open your hearts, have a mind to submit to Godís will, study the word, and you will understand it!

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