Quick Reference For Bible Study

Rightly dividing the Word   /   5 Basic rules:

1) Let scripture interpret scripture. (i.e. tongues = foreign language Acts 2:4 & Acts 2:8,11)

2) Let the simpler, clearer verses take interpretive precedence over any difficult, more complex verses when discerning the meaning or application of any subject. (i.e. Lord’s flesh and blood Jhn 6:54-56 & Mtt 26:26-28)

3) Let all the words in a passage be understood in their literal sense unless the context would comfortably lend itself to a figurative interpretation. (i.e. literal = Act 2:12-16 & figurative = Act 2:17-21)

4) Look at all of what the Bible has to say on a certain subject to get a clearer understanding of that subject. If it seems to be contradicting itself, more study in a broader context should clear it up. (i.e. do not judge = Mt 7:1  &  judge = Jhn 7:24)

5) Understand who is speaking, when they are speaking, and who is being spoken to. (i.e. Gen 6:14 = Noah was told to build an ark. That does not apply to us today.)

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Commands

#) Direct Command: Acts 2:38

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#) Approved Example: Acts 20:7

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#) Necessary Inference: Mtt 22:31-32

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#) Silence of The Scriptures: Heb 7:14