The Bible is tough. It asks some tough questions, gives some tough answers, and says some tough things. There are lots of people who have decided that the Bible is actually too tough for the average person to understand at all.
But we shouldn’t agree. Should we?
Maybe we should just let the people who have spent years in Bible college read the Bible and explain it to us! I mean, maybe it takes that kind of training to find real answers to our tough questions… Answers about things like abortion, marriage, decision-making, homosexuality, death, finances, movies, relationships, and whatever else probably aren’t, like, right there for anyone to find, are they?
Well, in case you had forgotten, The Wicket Gate is dedicated to regular people (both us and you) finding answers to our questions and direction for our lives in God’s Word. And neither Benjamin nor I went to Bible college.
So how are we qualified to understand the Bible or apply it to our own lives?
Have you ever read 2 Timothy 3:16? It says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
The Bible isn’t just academic. It was designed to fix us up and equip us to do what we need to do. God designed the Bible to help people grow closer to Him and follow Him. All people.
AND, we actually see a few Average Joes like us mentioned in the Bible. These Joes were being taught by Paul, PAUL mind you, yet the Bible says that these Bereans, “searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). Every day they were in the Bible, making sure that what they were hearing lined up with what God preserved in His written word and learning it for themselves.
If they can do it, so can we!
And here’s how:
1. The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is a part of that confusing thing we call the Trinity, the truth that God, the One and Only God, is made up of Three Persons. God is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, yet He is only one God. Like I said. Confusing.
When Jesus was on Earth, he said, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:16).
So when Jesus left the Earth, He sent the Holy Spirit. When we accept that Jesus is our only Savior, then we receive God’s Spirit. And if you notice Jesus’s description of the Holy Spirit, He is a “Helper.”
1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” In other words, by ourselves, we can’t really understand the things of God, but when we have the Holy Spirit, after we have accepted Christ, we understand things more clearly. God Himself can speak to us and guide us and teach us through His Word. It becomes “profitable” for us in all the ways that 2 Timothy described.
2. We can do what they do!
Even with the Holy Spirit’s help, Bible study is work. We are trying to focus our very human minds on the things of God which sometimes seem kind of backwards. So even though we aren’t Bible students, we should still be Bible scholars.
Why? Because following God is the most important thing we can do!
2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” We need to be diligent in our Bible study because we want to get this right.
And sometimes, we still need help…
Ok, so I know that I said we don’t want to leave all the Bible study to the pastors and the teachers, and I still mean it, but they have done a lot of study… They probably know more about the Bible and its meaning than any of us. So while Biblical truth is accessible to all of us, teachers can help point us in the right direction. Go to church. Listen to good teaching. Ask questions. Their time of study can really help us see and understand more than we ever could on our own.
The Bible, while confusing at times, was written by regular people like us through the inspiration of a God who loves us and wants to help and guide us. He has provided us with His Spirit to teach us, the ability and resources to study, and teachers who can guide us in the right direction.
So, grab your Bible, and get to work! It is very, very much worth the effort.
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