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Route 3 - The Bible Can be understood - John 20:30-31
Paul affirmed that we could understand God's word. In spite of Paul's statement, it is evident that some do
misunderstand, pervert or deliberately misapply God's word. They believe they cannot understand because they
have been told this so often by priests, preachers and parents. They are unconcerned that they pervert and
misapply the Word because they are convinced God is pleased since He has not made it clear what He truly
desires. The majority believe we are helpless to do otherwise because the Bible is an incomprehensible mystery.
The Bible is not a daily newspaper to be rapidly and carelessly read over and then discarded with no further
thought. See and discuss: John 5:39, 2nd Timothy 2:15, 2nd Peter 1:3. The reason that most do not understand
the Bible is that they have never taken the time to really read and study it. Convinced that it is incomprehensible,
they haven't even tried. Some that have tried gave up, because they had no appreciation for its organization or
knowledge of the relationship of the parts to the whole.
The Bible is a textbook. It was authored by God and written by men chosen by Him. The Bible tells us about God,
Christ, the Holy Spirit and man. God must have intended that man understand what was written or He never would
have gone to the great care necessary to give man such a book. Neither would he have seen to it that His book
was so carefully preserved or made universally accessible.
3 - John 20:30-31
- Why was the Gospel According to John written
- Can we understand this simple statement?
- It is clear that accounts of the signs done by Jesus were recorded that those who read might believe Him to be
the Son of God.
3 - Luke 1:1-4
- Why does Luke say he wrote?
- How may we know the certainty of anything if it cannot be understood?
- Evidently what Luke wrote could be understood and he expected his readers to understand
3 - Luke 24:45
- Jesus used the scriptures to convince the apostles that He was indeed the Messiah of old testament promise
3 - 1st Timothy 4:3
- Here Paul says that some "know the truth." Is it possible to truly know something that one does not understand?
Furthermore, observe that Paul says that what they knew was THE TRUTH. All knew it and were in agreement
upon it. Paul does not subscribe to the subjective idea of multiple opinions concerning the meaning of
3 - 2nd Timothy 3:15
- Timothy "knew" the Holy Scriptures and as a result was made "wise unto salvation."
- These same Scriptures are able to "thoroughly furnish" a man unto ALL good works.
- How is that possible if men cannot understand what the Scriptures teach?
3 - Hebrews 10:26
- This text affirms that some among the Jewish Christians "received the knowledge of the truth."
- The writer warns against sinning willfully, something impossible to do if they could not understand the truth they
3 - 1st Corinthians 2:7, 12
- Paul affirms that the apostles had received from Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit "the hidden wisdom of
God." This they had received in order that they might "know the things freely given to us of God." The word of
God can be understood.
3 - Colossians 1:25-27
- Paul affirms that the gospel was hidden in ages past but is now "made manifest" - known, revealed, shown,
uncovered - to the saints. He clearly affirms that it is God's intention that men know and understand His plan
for redeeming mankind through Jesus Christ.
3 - Romans 16:25-26
- Paul affirmed God's power to establish Christians was "according to my Gospel, and the preaching of Jesus
Christ." He calls this Gospel a "mystery", however, it is a revealed or "uncovered" mystery. This is to say it is no
longer a mystery. It is capable of being known, understood, believed and obeyed.
3 - Ephesians 3:1-4
- What does Paul say would happen when we read? The word "perceive" means "to understand with the mind."
One can understand Paul's understanding of God's revelation in Christ Jesus.
3 - 2nd Corinthians 13:5
- Paul writes in order to correct things which are amiss at Corinth (2nd Corinthians 13:2, 10). He is holding the
Corinthians accountable for what he has instructed them to do. If they do not correct the remaining problems he
will punish them.
- In order to effect these changes they must examine themselves according to the faith. Paul says he wants to
build up and not destroy; therefore, he wrote this letter.
- How can they examine themselves and be edified in order to escape the punishment, if what Paul writes is
incapable of being understood?
3 - 2nd Thessalonians 2:15
- Paul exhorts them to hold fast what they were taught orally or by written word. Why give such an instruction, if
no one could understand? Can one who cannot understand be thought of as one who has been taught?
3 - 2nd Thessalonians 3:14
- Can one obey a command and make correction if he neither understands the command nor what is involved in
carrying it out? How can he be ashamed if he has no understanding of the command he has violated?
3 - 1st Timothy 3:14-15
- How was Timothy to know how men ought to behave if he could not understand Paul's instructions? Would a
righteous God hold men accountable for that which could not be understood?
3 - Hebrews 4:12
- We are told the Word is living and active. How can instructions be living and active if they cannot be
understood? How is it possible for the Word to discern the character of our thoughts and intentions without
being understood by the one reading?
3 - John 8:32
- Jesus said we could know what the Truth is? That should settle it.
3 - John 17:17, 20
- The Truth is found in God's Word. It is the Word that sanctifies. It is the understandable Word that establishes
faith in the heart of the hearer.
3 - Ephesians 5:17
- Paul commanded that we understand it. See also 1st John 5:2-3.
3 - John 7:17
- Whether or not we understand the Word is determined by the attitude we bring to our study of it.
- 1st Corinthians 2:14
3 - Matthew 13:23
- Those that are saved understand the Word of God.
3 - Luke 8:15
- The "good ground" is characterized by "an honest and good heart." Pride, prejudice, skepticism and lust keep
men from understanding the Bible, the Word of God. The fault is in man and not in the Word.
3 - James 1:21
- The Word is able to save us. We must be doers of the Word. How can we be doers of that which we cannot
3 - John 12:48
- We will be judged by the Word.
- It must be understandable.
3 - 2nd Timothy 2:15
- If we can rightly divide it, it can be understood.
3 - Deuteronomy 29:29
- If the Jews were to DO the words of the law, they must have been able to understand it.
3 - Romans 2:6, 16
- We will be judged according to what we have done, even the secret things. Does a just God (Romans 2:11)
rule by a standard none can comprehend? Can you understand that?