Spalatin was a friend of Luther. One day he addressed a Latin letter to Luther, asking him for the best method of Bible study. Luther answered, "Above all things it is positively certain that one cannot search into the Holy Scriptures by means of study, nor by means of the intellect. Therefore begin with prayer, that the Lord grant unto you the true understanding of His Word. There is no interpreter of the Word of God, except the author of the Word, God Himself." Though this great man of God had written scores of comments, yea hundreds of them, on portions of the Bible, yet he said, "Scripture without any commentary is the sun from which all teachers receive light."
We suppose one of the reasons of Bible criticism and Bible rejection is because the critics go to the Word of God without prayer. They come with their little knowledge of Greek or Hebrew, with their rules of logic and the findings of different schools of philosophy, and add a little psychology to it, to sit in judgment upon the infalible, inerrant Word of God. We are sure no destructive critic, no modern writer on "The Modern Meaning of the Bible," ever prayed earnestly and perseveringly; "Open mine eyes that I may behold wonderful things out of Thy law."
Man, created in the image of God, could hear, understand and converse with God. But fallen man cannot. His eyes are blind, his ears deaf, his spirit paralyzed concerning higher things. He has not only by nature become incapable of perceiving and understanding divine revelation, but the god of this world continually blinds his eyes and conceals him from the truth, juggles him into falsehood and error by the delusion that he is "like God" and can discern good and evil. As a judgement for such deceit God has hidden His truth from "the wise and the prudent."
Christian, take your Bible and before you read and study its blessed pages, pray much; dependent on the great Author, the Holy Spirit. Tell the Lord Jesus of His promise, "He shall guide you into all truth;" then read, study, digest, do what the clean animals do -- "chew the cud," and your spiritual life will be continually enriched.
**We recommend ONLY the KJV Bible because it stays true to the Textus Receptus and the Masoretic Hebrew.
The following are just a few points that will help you in your study of God's Holy Word:
1) Find a quiet place to read God's Word. It should be a quiet corner with sufficient light, where you can study the Word of God and where the Lord can reach your heart-- without distractions.
2) Pray to the Lord for guidance. The Holy Spirit wrote the Bible and He will lead you into all truth. He will help you to understand the Scriptures.
3) Read the Bible in context. Don't take one verse out of context. Many times, a thought will continue from one chapter to the other. The best thing to do is to read on into the next chapter to make sure the full meaning is received.
4) Have a pencil or highlighting pen handy. Don't be afraid to underline and highlight verses. Having a small notebook or journal handy is also a good idea so that you can take notes..
5) Quality is better than quantity. Sometimes people want to read 14 chapters in one night. Read the chapter once and then glance over it again to review. Use the cross references to look up further scriptures pertaining to your study.
6) Things that can help in your Bible study:
A) KJV Concordance B) Bible handbook C) Bible commentary (Use only after you have prayed and want a confirmation of what you believe the verse means. Commentaries should never replace reading God's Word for yourself)
7) In addition to reading one's Bible every day, you might also read a Daily Devotional and we recommend "Days of Praise" by Institute for Creation Research. It is a quarterly KJV devotional (the same size as "Our Daily Bread") mailed to your home and the teaching is very sound, from what we have observed. You can call ICR for more information: (800) 628-7640 (Customer Service) They will send it out to you free of charge...but if you can, please make a donation to help cover their cost.
"The Bible is the Only Book That Can Make Us Wise unto Salvation. The Bible is not a book to be studied as we study geology and astronomy, merely to find out about the earthâ€™s formation and the structure of the universe; but it is a book revealing truth, designed to bring us into living union with God." ~George F. Pentecost
"THE Bible differs from all other books in that it never wears out. Other books are read and laid aside, but the Bible is a constant companion. No matter how often we read it or how familiar we become with it, some new truth is likely to spring out at us from its pages whenever we open it, or some old truth will impress us as it never did before. Every Christian can give illustrations of this." ~William Jennings Bryan
At CRM, we pray for all of our readers that they will read the KJV Bible and learn what God's Word has to say. When we know what the Bible has to say, we can grow and mature in Christ Jesus; and recognize false doctrine and be Bereans-- lining all things according to the Holy Scriptures.
Matt 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
2Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2Tim 3:15-17 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 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 perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
May the Lord richly bless you all, as you study His blessed Holy Word!