Luther on Bible Study

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.

~Taken from Our Hope Magazine, 1936.


Just a Few More Things on Studying The Bible:

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.


Download a FREE KJV Version of the Bible for your PC:

First download the program you will need called, E-Sword:

Then download the KJV Version:


A Short List of Good Books and Concise Commentaries That We
Recommend To Our Readers:

Thru The Bible (5 Volume Set) by J. Vernon McGee
Doctrine For Difficult Days by J. Vernon McGee
The Genesis Record by Henry M. Morris
God and The Nations by Henry M. Morris
Any Books or Commentaries by John R. Rice- Click here for a few articles
The Gospel Of God (Simple Studies in Romans) by William L. Pettingill
Meditations Through The Psalms by Erling C. Olsen (out of print)
Walks with Our Lord Through John's Gospel by Erling C. Olsen (buy used)
A.C. Gaebelein's Annotated Bible Commentary :
download or read online
God's Prophecies For Plain People by William L. Pettingill
All of Grace by C.H. Spurgeon - Free Download
William Evan's Great Doctrines of the Bible - Free Download Here


"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 earth’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


If you are a new Christian, a good "Online New Converts Class" is found here:

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:
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

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!

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