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The 7 Biblical Approaches to the Word of God
In it's pages we come face to face with the knowledge of the truth!
It is the unfathomable mind of God expressed in terms we can understand! It's God's words expressing who He is, what He is, what He likes and doesn't like!
How do we glean from its contents our necessary food?
The 7 Biblical Approaches To The Word Of God
The Bible says, "And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read, Luke 4:16.
This is evident because at 12 years old he was in the temple discussing the scriptures intelligently with men who had the equivalent of PhD's in scriptural knowledge.
Reading gives information, which produces knowledge for direction in life.
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed," 2 Tim 2:15. We need to study, to get the deeper meaning of what was said.
For instance, "thou shalt not kill!" Have you ever killed... a spider, an ant, or a mosquito?
This particular scripture means don't commit murder or take the life of another human being unlawfully!
Reading is good, but not enough! You must study in order to fully understand what is meant by what is said!
"With all thy getting get understanding," Pr 4:7.
Studying gives explanation, which produces understanding.
3 - Meditate on the Word
"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night," Jos 1:8.
So therefore, biblical meditation means thinking deeply on a portion of the word of God, turning it over in your mind as though having a conversation with yourself.
And as you cogitate, you remain sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit who illuminates your understanding making plain to you what you couldn't see before.
Whenever you focus on a portion of the word of God and give it your specific attention it makes an impression in your sub-conscious mind, and your sub-conscious is 90% of your intellect.
So, even after your conscious mind has stopped thinking about the word, once you have previously given quality time to meditating on it, your sub-conscious remains working on getting the answers you want and with the illumination of the Holy Spirit will eventually produce the desired results.
Light and revelation are synonymous. The Bible says, "The entrance of thy words giveth light", Ps 119:130.
"And it came to pass, that after three days they found him (Jesus) in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions," Luke 2:46.
Jesus was listening and asking questions, He did not argue over doctrine... and neither should we!
God gives to no one man, organization or denomination the full revelation on anything! To think that we have received the final revelation on any subject may be considered a sign of arrogance!
Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known (by God)." 1Cor 13:12. (TAB)
Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
God told Joshua, "...These words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart... And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, De 6:6, 8.
In this scripture the word "bind" from the Hebrew is "qashar (pronounced kaw-shar') and can be translated "to mentally tie " or, "to remember".
The word "hand" is yad (pronounced 'yawd') meaning "an open hand, indicating power or means."
The bible says, that what the heart is full of the mouth will speak. You fill your heart with the word of God by committing it to memory!
The Holy Spirit can only lift up against the enemy what you have deposited in your own soul!
The word of God you have committed to memory is the ammunition with which you can fight the good fight of faith!
"For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith," Mark 11:23.
When God speaks, He releases His breath! His breath is synonymous with His life giving Spirit! He is the active force behind the creative power of His words!
When God breathed the breath of life into Adam He placed a part of His Spirit into man! Thus, we operate in exactly the same way that He does!
It is our choice! Death and life are in the power of our tongue!
7 - Practice the Word
"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves," James 1:22.
The word is alive and powerful and can bring tremendous change to any person or situation. But when we are exposed to that power and respond negatively to it we attract to ourselves the opposite of its intentions.
The word of God to Israel was, "go up and possess the land!"
They did not respond to that word in faith and obedience but in unbelief and disobedience, thus every one who partook of that unbelief died in the wilderness! The very word of blessing became a curse!
So it is with those who are not in covenant with God!
If you believe a lie you will disobey God! And if you live in disobedience you're under the the curse!
"Them that walk after the flesh... that cannot cease from sin... cursed children." 2nd Peter 10 and 14
Obedience brings a blessing, disobedience brings a curse.
Those of us who are saved and in covenant with God can no longer be cursed but when we habitually disobey God's word we will find ourselves experiencing less than God's best for us
However, when we respond to the word of God in faith and obedience we activate its life-giving power and bring to pass its blessed purpose in our lives.
In other words, as we learn to think and speak like Jesus, we begin to take on His character and act like Him.
Practicing the word brings spiritual maturity or what the bible calls perfection.
Perfection simply means, consistently acting with spiritual maturity, in the character of Christ.
These are the 7 Biblical Approaches to the Word of God