How to Understand the Bible

Would you like to understand the Bible, really understand it? God has provided a specific way to understand His written revelation, and it is the ONLY way to understand the Bible. Instead of pursuing understanding through human reasoning and diligent study, the Bible tells you to receive understanding through the teaching of the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul tells us that spiritual truth is spiritually understood; our human minds are incapable of comprehending God’s unfathomable truths. This is explained in 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; here are some excerpts.

1 Corinthians 2:10, 11b-13a, 14, 16b For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. [11] … Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. [12] Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, [13] which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, … [14] But a natural man* does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised (understood) … [16] … But we have the mind of Christ (meaning that born again believers will be able to understand what the Holy Spirit is teaching them).

*In verse 14, a “natural man” is commonly taught to be referring to unbelievers only. It does refer to unbelievers but it also refers to your human body and mind. All people have an inner spirit (heart) living inside a physical body (see 2 Corinthians 4:7 and 2 Corinthians 5:1-4). As a believer, your inner spirit has already been redeemed and saved; this is what makes you a Christian. But your body and human mind awaits a future redemption (Romans 8:23b). If your body and mind were already redeemed, your thoughts and actions would be righteous all the time. As it is, your mortal mind cannot discern the things of God. It is your inner spirit where the Spirit of God teaches you; through this, your human mind begins to understand. If you are honest with yourself, what you believe right now is what denominations or other people tell you to believe.

In 1 Corinthians 2:1-16, the Apostle Paul makes 10 statements, directly or indirectly, that your human, mortal mind cannot understand the Bible. He makes another 10 statements that the Holy Spirit can and will cause you to understand the Bible. Read 1 Corinthians 2 and refer to this chart which picks out the specific statements that the Paul makes.

Verse Your Human Mind Cannot Understand Spiritual Truth The Holy Spirit Can and Will Teach Your Born Again Heart
1 I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom
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3 I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling
4 my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom
5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men but, (so that your faith would rest) … on the power of God
6 a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away
7 we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages
8 the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood
9 things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him
10 to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God
11 the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God
12 we have received, not the spirit of the world, but … (we have received) … the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God
13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom (which things we also speak,) … in those taught by the Spirit
14 a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them (the things of the Spirit of God) … they are spiritually appraised (understood)
15 he who is spiritual appraises (understands) all things
16 who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct him we have the mind of Christ

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These verses will be helpful in understanding this blog.
The Holy Spirit Will Teach You: John 14:26; John 16:13-14; Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; Ephesians 1:17; Ephesians 4:17-18,23; Colossians 1:9-10; 1 John 2:27

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