Focus on God's Word

How To Study And Understand The Bible

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Geoff Youlden


Series Code: FGW

Program Code: FGW000002

00:27 Well, our subject tonight
00:28 "How to study and understand the Bible."
00:31 After the First World War,
00:33 conditions in Europe were fearful.
00:37 You could travel along the road and you would see
00:40 what appeared to be stacks of cordwood,
00:43 all stacked, one on top of the other.
00:49 But when you got closer to it, it wasn't cordwood at all,
00:51 it was actually human bodies
00:54 that they had stacked one on top of the other
00:58 through the winter, because they couldn't bury them
01:00 in the frozen ground and so forth.
01:03 So they had them all stacked there ready for the spring
01:07 when the winter began to fall.
01:10 There were millions who died.
01:14 And then the Bolshevik Revolution took place,
01:16 and millions more died, and life was very, very cheap
01:22 at that particular time
01:23 in the beginning of the twentieth century.
01:25 If you know anything about the First World War
01:28 and the Bolshevik Revolution, life was very, very cheap.
01:32 And at this particular time there was a Russian family
01:36 who had been reduced not to the breadline,
01:39 but below the breadline.
01:41 They even were selling their furniture
01:43 to be able to buy bread and food.
01:46 And one day, father came home
01:47 and said that he had seen down in the shop a Bible.
01:53 Now they had always wanted a Bible in their family,
01:56 but they had never had enough money to own one.
01:59 And he came home this particular day
02:02 as he walked pass the shop, he saw a second hand Bible
02:07 that was for sale for the equivalent of a dollar.
02:10 Of course, in Russia, they don't use dollars
02:12 but it was the equivalent of a dollar.
02:15 And he came home and said, would we spend the last dollar
02:20 or so that we have buying this Bible
02:23 or should we buy food.
02:24 Well, mother thought that was too big decision
02:27 for her to make.
02:28 She said, well, when all the family is together,
02:31 we will talk about it.
02:32 Well, that night they did talk about it.
02:35 And you know, that family decided to do,
02:37 to spend their last equivalent of dollar on buying a Bible.
02:43 Now would you like to know what happened to them?
02:46 Well, I wish that I could tell you, but we don't know
02:49 because we lost complete contact with them.
02:52 But I do believe this
02:54 that if you and I get to love the Bible
02:57 like obviously they loved it,
02:59 we will hear the rest of the story
03:00 in the glory land, isn't that right?
03:03 Because many, many people down through the years
03:06 have suffered terribly for the Bible.
03:09 You go back to a European history,
03:11 English history, and you will find
03:13 that people were burned to the stack with the Bibles
03:16 tied around their necks.
03:18 It was a crime to read the Bible.
03:20 I know it's very hard for us to believe that today,
03:24 but that is true.
03:26 And these people were burned to the stack,
03:27 because they were teaching people the Ten Commandments
03:30 and the Lord's Prayer if you please.
03:34 And so as we go back through history,
03:36 we find that millions have died for this book.
03:41 Now today, of course, the Bible is so free
03:46 that every person that wants to,
03:48 can get a Bible, not very expensive at all.
03:53 But the tragedy is that many people today
03:56 who have access to the Bible even have the Bible
03:59 and may perhaps-- even more than
04:01 one copy of the Bible in their home,
04:03 hardly ever read it,
04:05 and they certainly don't understand it.
04:08 And that's why today subject is such an important one.
04:12 You know in the front of the Wycliffe Bible,
04:15 there is a statement made in the preface.
04:18 It says, "God grant us to know
04:21 and to keep well the holy writings
04:24 and to suffer joyfully for them."
04:28 And thus it says that came painfully true
04:30 for millions of Christians down through the years.
04:33 And today it's really a disgrace
04:35 if we don't know the Bible,
04:36 because the Bible is so freely available to us.
04:40 But very, very few people really understand the Bible,
04:44 and so as we study it today, how the Bible says
04:48 the Bible ought to be studied and understood.
04:51 Not how I think the Bible ought to be studied
04:53 or the way someone else
04:55 thinks the Bible ought to be studied,
04:56 but how the Bible says the Bible ought to be studied.
04:59 And if we study the Bible according to the principles
05:02 that the Bible outlines, then we will arrive at truth.
05:06 In fact if you come over to the Second Book of Timothy
05:09 toward the back of the Bible, Second Timothy Chapter 2
05:15 and right at the back,
05:17 Second Timothy Chapter 2 and verse 15.
05:22 Paul makes the statement
05:24 when he was writing to young Timothy.
05:26 Second Timothy Chapter 2 and verse 15,
05:30 he says "Be diligent to present yourself
05:33 approved to God,
05:37 a worker who does not need to be ashamed,"
05:42 What's the next part say?
05:44 "Rightly dividing the word of truth."
05:49 Now what does it mean
05:50 to rightly divide the word of truth,
05:53 that's perhaps an old way of expressing something
05:56 which is very, very important.
05:58 If I'm going to rightly divide the Bible
06:01 or the word of truth, what does that mean?
06:06 What is the word rightly mean used in this context?
06:09 Correctly, that's right.
06:11 That's a good word, excellent.
06:13 Correctly dividing or correctly studying the Bible.
06:19 Now if the Bible says there is a correct way,
06:23 what would that also suggest?
06:27 If there is a correct way, what does that mean?
06:29 That there is also a wrong way.
06:34 You know, C. H. Spurgeon,
06:36 the great Baptist preacher of SDA
06:38 said I had three rules of Bible study.
06:42 And his first rule was this, study the Bible.
06:47 His second rule was study the Bible.
06:51 And guess what his third rule was, study the Bible.
06:55 And it's amazing how much you will find
06:58 when you begin to study the Bible.
07:00 It's an amazing book.
07:03 But we just don't study the Bible to get information,
07:07 because there are some people,
07:09 if you have look at the next chapter,
07:11 this is Second Timothy Chapter 3 and verse 7,
07:14 the top of the inside column,
07:16 Second Timothy Chapter 3 and verse 7.
07:19 Paul here is talking about some people and he says,
07:22 "They are always learning
07:25 and never able to come to" What?
07:28 "The knowledge of the truth."
07:30 So the Bible is talking about some people here,
07:32 some Christians, they're always studying,
07:34 they're always learning,
07:36 but they're never able to come to understand truth.
07:41 Because when we study the Bible,
07:43 we just don't study the Bible for information.
07:47 We've got to study the Bible
07:48 in order to be able to understand truth,
07:51 because truth is very, very important.
07:55 Now I meet some Christians today
07:57 who are very interested in the spirit,
08:00 and so we ought to be interested in the spirit.
08:02 But the Bible is equally concern
08:05 that we ought to be interested in the truth,
08:09 because the truth and the spirit go together.
08:12 It's like two oars of the boat, you know, what it's like
08:15 if you try to roll a boat with one oar, what happens.
08:19 You go in a circle.
08:21 That's why we must have these two oars,
08:23 the spirit and the truth, because as we get in order
08:27 the spirit leads us into truth.
08:31 So we are impressed here as we read this verse
08:35 that we must arrive at truth.
08:37 Just come back to Isaiah in the middle of the Bible
08:40 or toward the middle of the Bible.
08:41 Isaiah Chapter 26.
08:44 Isaiah the 26th Chapter and verse 2.
08:48 This is page 677.
08:51 Isaiah Chapter 26 and verse 2,
08:54 it says, "Open the gates,
08:57 That the righteous nation which keep the truth
09:01 may" What? "Enter in."
09:05 So the Bible is saying here
09:06 that the nation that keeps the truth
09:08 or the people that keep the truth,
09:10 they are the ones that are going in to the city of God.
09:14 So here is another verse which emphasizes
09:17 the importance of understanding truth.
09:21 Now I want to read a verse
09:22 that I think it's going to unlock the Bible
09:25 more than any other single verse.
09:27 Come over to First Corinthians at the back of the Bible
09:30 where Paul was writing to the Corinthian believers
09:33 and this is what he said in First Corinthians
09:35 Chapter 2 and verse 13.
09:38 Half way down the outside column,
09:40 First Corinthians Chapter 2 and verse 13.
09:47 First Corinthians Chapter 2 and verse 13,
09:49 he says, "These things we also speak,
09:53 not in words which man's wisdom teaches
09:58 but which the Holy Spirit teaches,"
10:04 You see when it comes to the study of the Bible
10:06 even though man wrote the words in the Bible,
10:13 those the thoughts that are expressed in the Bible
10:16 were given from whom?
10:19 From God, the Holy Spirit.
10:23 And that's why when we open the Bible,
10:27 we need to ask for God to guide us,
10:30 because the same Holy Spirit
10:32 that cause the writing of the Bible
10:35 is the same Holy Spirit that will impress our minds
10:39 with that same truth when we read it.
10:43 And as it says here
10:45 these things we also speak not in words
10:48 which man's wisdom teaches,
10:49 but which the Holy Spirit teaches
10:52 then it says, "Comparing" What?
10:55 "Spiritual things with spiritual."
11:01 Now what does that mean?
11:04 Well, the Bible-- one of the great principles
11:07 of understanding the Bible is simply this.
11:10 That we must always allow the Bible
11:12 to be its own interpreter.
11:16 We ought to compare one part of the Bible
11:19 with the other and let the Bible interpret itself.
11:25 That's what it means to compare
11:26 spiritual things with spiritual.
11:28 That doesn't mean when the Bible talks about
11:30 something being spiritual,
11:31 doesn't mean something that's airy fairy or mysterious,
11:35 that's not what it's talking about.
11:36 It's talking about allowing the spirit of God
11:40 that cause the writing of the Bible
11:42 to impress our minds
11:44 as we compare one part of the Bible with the other,
11:48 comparing spiritual things
11:49 that which the Holy Spirit revealed here with that
11:52 which the Holy Spirit has revealed there,
11:54 comparing spiritual things with spiritual,
11:57 because the Bible is a spiritual book.
12:00 That means it's come from the spirit of God,
12:02 rather than a natural book like every other book
12:05 that's written by human begins,
12:07 that's they are natural books.
12:09 Because there is contrast in the Bible
12:11 between that which is spiritual,
12:12 what comes from God, it comes from the Holy Spirit
12:15 and that which comes from the wisdom of man
12:18 which is refer to us being natural.
12:21 So here the Bible says we ought to compare
12:24 spiritual things with spiritual.
12:27 Then the next verse makes an interesting comment
12:30 when it says, "But the natural man
12:33 does not receive the things of the Spirit of God,"
12:37 What's the natural man?
12:40 That's the person who is not led
12:44 by the Spirit of God, get the thought.
12:46 That hasn't allow the spirit to reveal to him
12:50 or to her what the Bible is saying,
12:53 that's the natural person, the unconverted person.
12:57 The person who is not led by the Spirit of God,
13:02 and so the natural person, he is not interested
13:06 in the things of the Spirit of God
13:08 "They are foolishness to him, nor can he know them,
13:12 because they are spiritually discerned."
13:18 That's why if you ask some of your friends
13:20 or neighbors or family to come along to these meetings,
13:25 they would just shake their hands
13:27 in absolute disbelief,
13:29 how on all the earth could a person be interested
13:32 in going along to a Bible study for an hour
13:35 and be excited or interested in that.
13:39 Isn't that what many of your friends would say?
13:42 I can't understand
13:43 why you would be even interested to go.
13:47 And when we understand this verse,
13:50 we can understand where they are coming from
13:52 because the natural person
13:53 that is the unconverted person,
13:54 the person he doesn't love God,
13:56 the person is not open
13:57 to the impression of the Holy Spirit,
13:59 that person thinks the Bible is foolishness.
14:04 That's why we never need to be worried about
14:06 what our friends think about the Bible,
14:08 because we've got to understand that
14:10 they are not under the leading of the Spirit of God
14:13 and any person who is not led by the Spirit of God
14:16 regards religion
14:18 and particularly the Bible as foolishness.
14:23 That's exactly what Paul is saying here.
14:25 But we ought to compare
14:27 spiritual things with spiritual,
14:30 and allow the Bible to be its own interpreter
14:34 and that's the principle
14:35 the way we're going to follow
14:37 this afternoon and I am going to show you
14:38 now practically how this works,
14:41 because this principle I want you
14:43 never ever to forget.
14:44 And I am sure that in our quiz tomorrow
14:48 or our next meeting, one of the great points
14:51 that we want to emphasize
14:53 will be that the Bible explains itself,
14:57 comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
15:03 I was speaking with the man recently
15:04 who was trying to make excuses for never reading the Bible.
15:08 You see it doesn't make sense.
15:11 I said, if you ever read John 7:17,
15:14 I don't think he had from what he was saying,
15:16 but I would like to read that to you now.
15:19 John the 7th Chapter and verse 17.
15:21 John 7 verse 17.
15:25 And Jesus himself makes the statements.
15:29 You will notice it's in red. John 7 and verse 17.
15:36 John the 7th Chapter and verse 17,
15:40 "If anyone wills to do His will,
15:43 he shall know concerning the doctrine,
15:47 whether it is from God
15:48 or whether I speak on My own authority."
15:52 Now here Jesus was defending what He was saying
15:56 and He was simply saying that if you and I are not willing
16:00 to be obedient and to do what God wants us to do,
16:04 in other words, to will to do God's will,
16:07 then we will never know of the doctrine.
16:09 Get the thought?
16:10 We will never understand truth.
16:13 And so one of the greatest important points
16:17 that the Bible emphasizes is that a man and woman
16:20 got to be willing to do God's will
16:25 in order to be able to understand God's will,
16:31 and that's why Jesus says
16:32 if any man or woman will do His will,
16:34 he will know of the doctrine,
16:36 so it does not depend upon our intellect
16:39 in order to understand the Bible.
16:43 It doesn't depend upon your education
16:45 to understand the Bible, because you see
16:49 if only the educated people could understand the Bible,
16:51 that would go hard with those of us
16:53 who have never been educated very much.
16:56 But I believe this,
16:58 that an individual can learn more
17:00 from the Holy Spirit in five minutes
17:04 than the world's wisest men
17:06 could teach that person in a life time.
17:10 And I've seen this over the years.
17:13 I've seen people with very, very little education
17:17 become giants when it comes to understanding the Bible
17:20 and preaching the word and teaching the word.
17:25 Not much education,
17:27 but they have become brilliant in their exposition,
17:30 because they have allowed the Holy Spirit
17:32 to be their teacher.
17:35 And that you see puts this all on the same level
17:38 when it comes to the study of the Bible.
17:41 Because if it's not depended upon my intellect
17:43 nor your intellect,
17:45 but it's depended upon with the way
17:47 we allow the Holy Spirit to be our teacher,
17:49 then all of us start equal on that, isn't that right?
17:54 That is we all have the possibility of starting
17:58 on the same foundation.
18:01 And so these are the important principles
18:03 that we must understand
18:05 if we're going to understand the Bible
18:07 and I've seen that particularly
18:08 with people in the, South Seattle,
18:13 where they have had very little education,
18:15 but I tell you when I start to preach
18:17 and open up the word, you sit back and listen.
18:23 And once again you and I, if we're going to allow
18:26 the Holy Spirit to be our teacher,
18:29 he will teach us so much, so quickly.
18:33 And so I want to emphasize to us all
18:36 that if we are willing to be
18:38 led by the Spirit of God,
18:39 we can become giants in this book.
18:42 And you might feel at this particular time
18:44 that you don't understand much about the Bible,
18:45 but listen, don't worry about that.
18:48 God will reveal that to you, God will teach you that.
18:53 If you are willing to do what God shows you
18:57 that He wants you to do as He reveals it to you.
19:03 Because truth is progressive,
19:05 it's not something that all comes to us
19:07 like a bucketful of water, thrown at us, no.
19:11 Truth is like the sun, when it rises in the morning.
19:15 We don't have the full sun at sunrise, do we?
19:19 We just have the light that's gradually gets brighter
19:21 and brighter and brighter as the morning goes pass
19:24 until the final sun gets up in to the mid-day
19:27 and it's the brightest that it will be for the day,
19:30 but it doesn't stop that way,
19:32 and that's the way it is with truth.
19:34 God reveals to us little by little,
19:36 step by step and as we take that step,
19:39 then God reveals more for us to take the next step
19:42 and the next step and the next step,
19:44 and that's how the process works.
19:46 Well, let me give you some illustrations now.
19:48 We've talked about the foundation of the theory
19:51 of what the Bible says as far as studying the Bible.
19:54 Let's now see how it works practically.
19:57 Come over to the, Book of Daniel,
20:00 in the Old Testament, the Book of Daniel,
20:02 that wonderful book that we're going to study
20:04 lots about Daniel in Revelation.
20:07 Daniel Chapter 8 and verse 16.
20:12 Daniel 8 and verse 16, and this is what it says,
20:19 And I heard, this is Daniel speaking
20:20 "I heard a man's voice between the bank's of the Ulai"
20:25 that's the river Ulai "Who called, and said,
20:29 'Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.'"
20:35 Now if you had never read the Bible before
20:37 and had little or no background in the Bible,
20:41 you would say to me who is Gabriel, wouldn't you?
20:47 Because does this verse tell us who Gabriel is?
20:52 Does it? No.
20:54 It just says, Gabriel, make Daniel understand this vision,
21:00 but it doesn't tell us who Gabriel is.
21:04 Now, of course, what I could do
21:06 and what you could do and what many do, do,
21:09 is that we could speculate this afternoon
21:12 as to who Gabriel is.
21:14 Over this side of our congregation
21:18 we could say someone says
21:19 well, I think Gabriel is so and so,
21:21 and someone on the opposite side
21:22 over here says, no, Gabriel is such and such,
21:25 and someone in the middle says,
21:26 you are both wrong, Gabriel is so and so.
21:29 And so we could have three different churches.
21:33 All believing different ideas as to who Gabriel is,
21:37 but that is not the way we've to study the Bible,
21:40 unfortunately that's the way many people study the Bible,
21:43 but that is not the way to study the Bible.
21:45 The way to study the Bible is,
21:47 if we find something that is not clear
21:50 what we ought to do, speculate and theorize
21:54 and go to this minister or that church.
21:56 Is that what we have to do?
21:58 No, what if we've found already that we must do,
22:01 when we find something in the Bible
22:02 that perhaps is not clear when we first read it.
22:05 What do we do?
22:07 Well, we go to another passage of the scripture
22:09 which will make that clear,
22:11 because I'll guarantee in every case,
22:14 the Bible always explains itself.
22:18 Now in this case, let's find out who Gabriel is.
22:21 Come over to the New Testament.
22:22 Now the Book of Luke. Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
22:27 Luke 1 and verse 26, Luke 1 and verse 26,
22:33 it says, "Now in the sixth month the" What?
22:42 "Angel Gabriel" so who is Gabriel then? An angel.
22:50 And you haven't got, Geoff Youlden's,
22:51 interpretation about who Gabriel is,
22:54 you've got the Bible interpretation, haven't you?
22:56 Because one part of the Bible which was not clear
23:00 as far as explaining who Gabriel is,
23:03 is explain a bit later over here in Luke
23:07 when Luke clearly tells us that Gabriel is an angel.
23:12 See how we've to study the Bible.
23:14 We compare spiritual things with spiritual.
23:17 We allow the Bible to be its own interpreter.
23:19 And I want to promise you this
23:21 that in this series of programs,
23:23 this is the principle that I will follow in every program.
23:28 When we find something that's perhaps needs clarification,
23:31 we will go to another passage which clearly outlines
23:35 what that statement or that passage means.
23:39 I promise you that I will not put my interpretation on it
23:42 or some churches interpretation on it.
23:45 That's the tragedy with Christendom today.
23:48 Let me give you another illustration.
23:50 Come over to the Book of First Thessalonians
23:52 toward the back of the New Testament.
23:55 First Thessalonians and we will notice here
24:01 Chapter 4 and verse 16.
24:04 First Thessalonians Chapter 4 and verse 16.
24:11 Paul writes here "For the Lord Himself
24:13 will descend from heaven with a shout,
24:17 with the voice of an archangel,
24:18 and with the trumpet of God.
24:20 And the dead in Christ will rise first."
24:26 Now once again today we could speculate,
24:29 why is Christ coming with the shout?
24:34 What is He going to shout? Why is He going to shout?
24:39 And I guess that if we sat around
24:41 in a little committee meeting,
24:43 there would be no limit to the ideas
24:45 that we could speculate and theorize around as to
24:48 why Christ is going to come back with the shout.
24:51 Is that right?
24:53 You know, someone over here thinks this
24:54 and someone in the middle thinks this
24:56 and someone over here says think something different.
25:00 But once again that's not the way
25:02 we've to study the Bible.
25:03 Paul is clearly telling us that when Jesus comes,
25:07 He is coming with the shout,
25:10 and the dead in Christ are going to rise first.
25:13 Now it's interesting when we go back to the words of Jesus,
25:16 He explains why Jesus--
25:18 He is going to come back with the shout when He returns.
25:21 Just come back to the Book of John,
25:23 Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John Chapter 5 and verse 28 and 29.
25:31 And you will notice that Jesus explains it.
25:33 Look at this verse 28, "Do not marvel at this,
25:38 for the hour is coming in which all
25:42 who are in the graves will" What?
25:46 "Hear His voice" Then tell me
25:48 why is Jesus coming back with the shout?
25:51 What is that shout going to do?
25:54 Awake the dead.
25:57 When Jesus comes back with the shout,
25:59 it's that shout that's going to raise the dead.
26:04 And the next verse says, verse 29,
26:06 talking of those that are raised from the grave
26:09 "And shall come forth those who have done good,
26:12 to the resurrection of life, those who have done evil,
26:16 to the resurrection of condemnation."
26:20 So the Bible here talks about two resurrections.
26:25 There is a resurrection of life
26:26 which the righteous will come forth
26:29 and then there is the resurrection
26:30 of damnation for the evil.
26:33 So every person who has ever died on this earth
26:38 is going to be raised from the grave.
26:39 Is that what the Bible says?
26:40 Is that what Jesus says? Absolutely.
26:44 And they are all going to hear the voice of Jesus
26:49 when He comes back.
26:51 Now, would you like to know the very words
26:54 that Jesus is going to shout when He comes back,
26:58 that are going to awaken the dead,
27:00 because the Bible tells us that.
27:01 Come back to Isaiah in the middle of the Bible,
27:05 Isaiah Chapter 26.
27:09 Isaiah Chapter 26 and verse 19.
27:16 Chapter 26 and verse 19.
27:25 Isaiah the 26th Chapter verse 19, it says here,
27:28 "Your dead shall live together
27:32 with my dead body they shall arise."
27:35 All right, it's talking about the resurrection of the dead.
27:38 Then here are the words that Jesus is going to shout
27:41 and you can mark these in your Bible.
27:43 What does it say, "Awake and sing,
27:48 you who dwell in the dust"
27:50 and what does the Bible say is going to happen.
27:53 What's the next part of the verse say,
27:55 "And the earth will cast out her dead."
28:01 There are the very words, that Jesus is going to shout
28:03 when He comes back in the clouds of heaven
28:06 at His Second Coming that we were talking about
28:08 yesterday that when Jesus shouts,
28:13 Paul says, He is coming with the shout.
28:15 Jesus says, my shout will awaken the dead.
28:18 Every person who has ever died is going to hear my voice.
28:22 Some are going to come forth in one resurrection,
28:25 the evil are going to come forth
28:26 in a separate resurrection.
28:28 But everybody is going to hear the voice of Jesus,
28:32 and they're going to come forth
28:33 and the words that Jesus is going to shout
28:36 are simply awake and sing, you who dwell in dust.
28:41 And the Bible says, the earth is going to cast out her dead.
28:44 I've often thought when I have read that verse
28:46 to be near a cemetery when Jesus comes back.
28:48 It's going to be a pretty exciting event,
28:50 don't you think?
28:51 You imagine those old tombs just cracking open
28:54 and the dead springing back, puck, come back to life.
28:58 That will be amazing, but that what's going to happen.
29:02 And you see as we compare scripture with scripture,
29:05 we are allowing the Bible
29:07 to be its own interpreter, aren't we?
29:09 See, you're not getting my idea
29:11 as to what's going to happen when Jesus comes back.
29:13 That's not my idea.
29:14 I've simply read you three separate verses
29:19 which tie in together on the same subject that give us
29:22 the complete picture on that subject,
29:25 because you see basically
29:28 the Bible is not a theological treatise
29:31 where it starts with point A, then point B,
29:33 then point C, and point D,
29:36 that's not the way the Bible is written.
29:38 The Bible is written generally in a story form.
29:41 It deals with the life of human beings,
29:45 and interwoven in the stories of the Bible are the truths
29:49 and the teachings of what God wants
29:51 us to understand, get the thought?
29:54 And that's why we must compare scripture with scripture,
29:57 and allow the Bible to be its own interpreter.
30:00 And when we follow that method
30:01 I tell you, we don't run into any problem or whatsoever.
30:05 So Thessalonians says that Jesus is coming with a shout.
30:09 Jesus tells us the very words
30:12 that are going to be said, He's going to shout.
30:16 And then Isaiah tells us the very words
30:20 that He is going to say when He comes back the second time.
30:24 And listen, that's the principle
30:28 that I follow when I am presenting a subject
30:30 and I never worry that someone in the audience
30:33 is going to contradict what I am saying.
30:36 At least from the Bible,
30:37 I cannot contradict what I am saying from the Bible,
30:39 not because I am smart, but simply I have made sure
30:43 that what I am teaching on that particular subject
30:45 is in line with what the Bible teaches
30:47 on that subject, get the thought?
30:51 Be as all heresies are based on a text here
30:54 and the text there that is not the way
30:56 we should study the Bible.
30:59 Because if you take a single text
31:01 or couple of texts here,
31:02 you can make the Bible say anything you want.
31:07 But when you line up all the text in the Bible
31:09 on that particular subject, the Bible only says one thing,
31:13 because the Bible doesn't contradict itself.
31:15 For example if I was to put one stake here in the ground,
31:18 it could point anyone of a thousand different directions.
31:21 But if I put a thousands stakes in a line
31:24 then they only point in one direction.
31:27 And that's why when it comes to the study of the Bible,
31:30 we just don't take one verse here and there,
31:34 but we take all of the Bible says
31:36 on that particular subject.
31:38 And we make sure the way we are teaching is in line
31:41 with all the Bibles says on that subject.
31:45 And that's why I have no fear
31:47 that people are going to contradict me biblically.
31:50 They want to disagree, well, of course, they can do that.
31:53 But they can't disagree biblically,
31:57 because I have made sure,
31:58 I'm in harmony with what the Bible says.
31:59 Let me give you another illustration.
32:01 Come back to the Book of Psalm.
32:03 Psalm Chapter 50 and verse 3. Psalm 50 and verse 3.
32:11 See if this agrees with what we have
32:13 just found out already on the second coming.
32:16 Psalm 50, verse 3, "Our God shall come, and shall" What?
32:24 "Not keep silent." Tell me does that agree
32:27 with what we have found so far. Does it?
32:32 Absolutely, because when Jesus comes,
32:33 He is coming with a shout, the voice of the archangel
32:37 and trumpet of God is going to be the nosiest event
32:40 that's ever taken place.
32:42 And yet, do you know friend,
32:44 and I am sorry I have to say this,
32:47 but do you know that there are many, many Christians
32:52 around the world today who are being taught
32:56 that when Jesus comes back,
32:58 He is coming back silently and secretly.
33:01 They have a doctrine called the Secret Rapture.
33:07 Friend, there is nothing in the Bible
33:09 about the Secret Rapture, not a single verse.
33:12 And yet there are millions of Christians believing
33:15 that Jesus is going to come back silently and secretly,
33:17 and they based it on one verse.
33:20 And the verse says that when Jesus comes back,
33:22 He is going to come back like a thief in the night.
33:25 Well, I want to tell you friends,
33:26 not all thieves comes silently, do they?
33:31 I know some thieves and you've seen,
33:32 experienced it, well, they come with a lot of noise,
33:34 ramming and a whole lot of noise.
33:38 But what do all thieves have in common.
33:42 There is something they all have in common.
33:46 They come back when you least expect it, isn't that right?
33:49 I mean if you expected them,
33:50 you would have the police there ready to arrest them.
33:53 But they come when you least expect them too,
33:55 and that's the point that Jesus is making
33:57 about His Second Coming.
33:58 He is not saying, I am coming back silently and secretly.
34:00 I am coming back when people least expect it.
34:06 That's the point, but the Bible never teaches that
34:08 Jesus is coming back silently.
34:11 He is coming back with noise
34:12 and that noise is going to awaken the dead.
34:15 And it will be a wonderful experience.
34:18 Let me give you another verse.
34:19 Come over to the Book of Isaiah,
34:22 which is just a little way further on.
34:25 Isaiah Chapter 66. Isaiah 66 and verse 15.
34:36 Isaiah 66 and verse 15.
34:40 It says, "For behold, the Lord will come with fire
34:44 "and with His chariots, like a whirlwind,
34:49 "to render His anger with fury,
34:51 and His rebuke with flames of fire."
34:55 So the Bible says that when Jesus comes back,
34:57 He is coming back with His chariots.
35:02 Now once again we could speculate
35:04 today about these chariots.
35:07 Some people over here if you gave this
35:08 to an artist to picture to draw,
35:10 I'll guarantee, He would draw you a wrong picture
35:14 of the coming of Jesus if this was the only verse
35:16 you gave to the artist.
35:18 Because if the artist was painting the coming of Jesus
35:21 with His chariots, he perhaps would work out and say
35:24 well, I wonder what the chariots of God might be made from.
35:30 And someone says well, that will be made
35:32 from gold like the golden streets.
35:35 Someone on this side says no that will be made of ivory.
35:40 Someone else says, no, you are both wrong.
35:42 I can't believe that, they're going to be
35:43 made of something else.
35:44 And so we could speculate around as to
35:46 what the chariots of God are.
35:49 But the Bible tells us what the chariots of God are.
35:53 Not in this verse but as we compare
35:56 scripture with scripture, the Bible does tell us.
35:59 Let me give you the biblical answer.
36:01 Come back to Book of Psalms.
36:04 Psalm Chapter 68. Psalm 68 and verse 17.
36:12 Says here "The chariots of God are twenty thousand,
36:16 even thousands of thousands."
36:20 The old version says thousands of angels.
36:26 So what are these thousands of thousands
36:28 and ten thousands times,
36:29 ten thousand that Jesus comes back with.
36:31 Who is He accompanied with as the Bible tell us, the angels.
36:36 And see how wrong a person could be
36:39 if you just took that one verse
36:41 about the chariots of God,
36:43 you could have a very, very wrong understanding
36:45 of how Jesus is going to come back, get the thought?
36:47 You can imagine these chariots?
36:50 But really when you think about it,
36:52 the Bible writers in using imagery,
36:57 used imagery that the people would understand,
36:59 because what did the chariot do back in those days?
37:02 What was the purpose of a chariot?
37:03 What would you do with the chariot?
37:06 Yes, they were swift and it would carry you
37:08 from point A to point B,
37:10 isn't that right like a motor car today?
37:13 And God is using the same imagery
37:16 that when the angels come back,
37:17 they're going to be like chariots,
37:19 they're going to carry us from earth to heaven
37:25 just like when Elijah went home to heaven.
37:28 The Bible says, he went home in a chariot of fire.
37:32 Wasn't a literal chariot? No.
37:37 That wouldn't make sense
37:38 that a horse is going to carry a chariot.
37:42 That doesn't make sense
37:44 because the Bible is not saying that literally,
37:47 its using imagery,
37:48 but that imagery is explained clearly in another places.
37:54 And as we allow the Bible to explain itself,
37:57 there is no problem.
38:00 And as I say when you follow this method,
38:01 you don't have to paw through a dozen musty
38:04 old commentators or got to this minister
38:06 or this church or this denomination
38:08 to find out what is truth.
38:10 God wants us to compare scripture with scripture
38:13 and study the Bible ourselves. That's the principle.
38:19 Well, how do we gain the knowledge of truth?
38:22 Come back to the Book of Isaiah Chapter 28.
38:25 Isaiah Chapter 28 and here is a verse
38:28 that is very, very good. Isaiah 28 and verse 9.
38:34 And the question is asked
38:36 "Whom will he teach knowledge?"
38:37 In other words, how we're going to understand knowledge?
38:40 "And whom will he make to understand the message?
38:43 Those just weaned from milk?
38:46 Those just drawn from the breasts?"
38:48 In other words, it's saying, God doesn't want us
38:49 to be little children, little babies.
38:52 Now what is the principle "For precept must be upon precept,
38:57 precept upon precept, Line upon line,
39:00 line upon line, here a little, and there a little."
39:05 See how the Bible says the way to compare
39:07 scripture with scripture
39:09 "Here a little, there a little"
39:10 because as we said before,
39:11 the Bible doesn't set out in Genesis
39:13 and start a theological compendium.
39:17 No, interwoven through the stories of the Bible
39:21 are the truths of the Bible.
39:23 And as we compares scripture with scripture
39:25 and allow the Bible to be its own interpreter,
39:29 here a little, there a little, compare line upon line,
39:33 precept upon precept, then as we follow that
39:38 then we can arrive at doctrine.
39:40 And doctrine is simply teaching,
39:43 and it's very important that we understand doctrine.
39:47 You know, doctrine is almost a dirty word
39:49 in some people's mind today.
39:52 Teaching, that's all it is,
39:54 but it's important that we understand correctly
39:57 the doctrines that the Bible teaches.
40:00 And this is the principle by which we follow,
40:03 "Here a little, there a little"
40:04 comparing scripture with scripture.
40:08 Now I wish that I could lead you to believe today
40:12 that I discovered this method of Bible study,
40:16 but I would be deceiving you
40:20 if I was to lead you to think that
40:21 because I didn't discover it.
40:24 Do you know who I discovered it from?
40:27 Because I learned this method of Bible study
40:29 and I have always understood this,
40:31 but I learned this method of Bible study,
40:34 do you know who I got it from?
40:36 Jesus Himself. Let me read it to you.
40:38 Come back to Luke Chapter 24
40:39 because this is the method that Jesus used.
40:42 So we shouldn't be surprise
40:43 that how wonderful it is when we understand it,
40:45 because Jesus invented it.
40:47 Come over to Luke, Matthew, Mark,
40:49 Luke Chapter 24 and verse 27.
40:54 And this is the story of the disciples on that Sunday,
40:59 of the resurrection Sunday, they were down cast,
41:02 they were discouraged in every way
41:04 the bottom dropped out of the world,
41:06 because there one whom I loved being killed
41:09 and I thought everything was over.
41:12 And they were just trudging along,
41:14 their shoulders sloping down,
41:16 they were just beside themselves with discouragement
41:19 and one that afternoon Jesus drew up along side them.
41:24 They were so discouraged,
41:26 they didn't even realize it was Jesus.
41:29 And the stranger began to talk to them and He said,
41:33 "Why are you so downcast?"
41:34 And they said, you're stranger here,
41:36 haven't you heard what's being going on.
41:39 But Jesus whom we thought was going to be
41:40 the Christ was died and I want you to notice
41:44 what Jesus said in response to this.
41:47 As you have a look at Luke Chapter 24,
41:53 and we will pick up verse 27.
41:58 It says here, "And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets,
42:03 He expounded to them in all the scriptures
42:06 the things concerning Himself."
42:10 In other words, when Jesus gave these
42:12 sorrowing disciples a Bible study,
42:15 where did He start?
42:16 And remember the subject
42:17 that He was dealing with was the death
42:20 and resurrection of Himself.
42:24 And He was going to prove to them now
42:27 that Jesus had to die and had to be resurrected,
42:31 and where did He begin. He began with Moses.
42:35 Now what book did He begin with?
42:36 Did He began with Moses books.
42:39 Which books did He begin with?
42:41 Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
42:44 And what He did is He picked out of Genesis
42:47 and Exodus and Leviticus and Numbers and Deuteronomy.
42:51 He picked out all the verses in those first five books
42:56 that apply to His death and His resurrection.
43:01 Now this is a long Bible study you're gonna appreciate,
43:03 because they had many kilometers to walk, many.
43:08 So it would have taken a number of hours
43:10 and He had lots of time,
43:11 and He went through all the books of Moses,
43:13 then where did He go?
43:14 After He'd finished the books of Moses,
43:16 where did He go next?
43:20 At Moses and all the Prophets that's Isaiah and Jeremiah
43:25 and Ezekiel and Daniel
43:27 and He went through all the prophets.
43:30 And He picked out of all of those books,
43:33 the things that concerned
43:35 His death and His resurrection.
43:38 As I said, it was a long Bible study
43:39 as you can appreciate.
43:41 And do you know what the disciples said
43:43 as I journeyed on and the convictions
43:47 came into their heart and the reassurance
43:49 came into their heart.
43:50 Do you know what they said?
43:52 Did not our hearts burn within us?
43:56 When He opened on to us the scripture
44:00 and I want to tell you, friend,
44:01 you follow this Jesus method of Bible study
44:05 and your heart will burn within you too.
44:08 Conviction will rest very, very squarely in your heart,
44:12 and you will know it's the truth when you hear it.
44:16 Because you see truth has a ring to it.
44:19 I've often said to people when you hear truth,
44:21 it not only appeals to the heart,
44:23 but it also appeals to the head.
44:25 It's both logical and reasonable
44:27 as well as being spiritual.
44:30 And that's what the Bible teaches
44:32 and as we follow this method, the method that Jesus used.
44:37 And it's a superior method, it's the best,
44:40 best method of Bible study there is.
44:44 The topical method if we like to call
44:46 because He chose the topic of His birth
44:50 and His death and His resurrection.
44:53 And the conviction burned in His heart,
44:57 all their hearts that this indeed was the truth
45:01 and that I greatly encouraged
45:03 as a result of that. And I want to say that
45:05 that's way what will happen to you too.
45:09 I remember some years ago, I was running some meetings
45:12 and I was visiting around in the homes
45:14 and I visited this couple,
45:15 I had arranged to see them on Tuesday night
45:18 and I came round and we sat around in the kitchen.
45:22 And as we had a little chat together before,
45:25 finally it came time for me to open up the Bible
45:27 and I began-- following Jesus method,
45:30 I began to open up to the Books of Moses.
45:33 And the gentleman of the house saw
45:35 where I was going.
45:37 And he said, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm
45:41 "Excuse me" he said, in this home
45:45 we are New Testament Christians.
45:49 Oh, I said, fine.
45:51 So I read him a verse that I want you to read now.
45:53 Second Timothy Chapter 3 and verse 16.
45:57 Come over to the back of the Bible.
45:59 This is the verse that I turned up
46:01 when he said that he was a New Testament Christian.
46:04 Second Timothy Chapter 3 and verse 16.
46:14 This is what I read,
46:19 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God,
46:23 and is profitable for doctrine,
46:28 for reproof, for correction,
46:31 for instruction in righteousness."
46:35 How much this scripture I said to this gentleman.
46:37 I said, how much does Paul say he is inspired.
46:41 Oh, and I said to him now when Paul wrote all scripture
46:46 is given by inspiration of God.
46:47 When he was writing to young Timothy,
46:49 what scriptures was he referring to? Primarily.
46:56 Primarily when he wrote, what was he referring to?
47:00 The Old Testament because,
47:02 was the New Testament written yet?
47:04 No, it was still being written.
47:06 Now I believe that New Testament is
47:08 portable scripture of course.
47:09 But I am just saying when Paul wrote Timothy,
47:12 he was primarily referring to the Old Testament.
47:18 And I want you to be very careful
47:20 and very nervous about any individual
47:24 who would suggest you in any shape or form
47:27 that some part of the Bible is not necessary
47:29 or has been done away with.
47:31 The idea that we are New Testament Christians,
47:33 you see, friends, a person who says
47:35 they are New Testament Christian,
47:37 doesn't believe the New Testament,
47:38 because the New Testament says,
47:40 the Old Testament is inspired.
47:42 The only Bible that Jesus had was the Old Testament,
47:45 and you can't understand the New Testament
47:47 unless you have the Old Testament,
47:49 because the Old Testament gives you the background,
47:51 the foundation much of the imagery
47:53 of the New Testament comes from the Old Testament.
47:56 And likewise when you get into the New Testament,
47:58 you will never understand the New Testament
48:00 unless you have the Old Testament,
48:02 because both fit together like hand and glove.
48:06 There is no difference between,
48:08 the only difference between
48:10 the Old and New Testament is the fact
48:11 that the Old Testament points forward to Jesus,
48:14 the New Testament turns back to Jesus,
48:17 because Jesus is the theme of both Old and New Testaments.
48:21 Every page of scripture is radiated
48:23 with the glory of the Son of God.
48:26 And if we don't see Jesus in every page,
48:28 then we are missing the major point
48:30 of the scriptures on that page.
48:35 Mere human speculation is a very poor diet,
48:38 I remember an, Australian bushman,
48:40 who was injured out in the bush
48:42 and they rushed him to hospital on a lorry
48:44 and when he got into hospital, a nurse pushed a,
48:47 you know, glass for a moment into his mouth.
48:49 The doctor came around some time later
48:52 and he said to the bushman, he said, you had any food?
48:55 He said, not anything,
48:56 I've had this thing pushed in my mouth.
48:59 And he said, "I am terribly hungry."
49:02 And you know friend that what's happens
49:04 when we have mere human speculation
49:06 that will leave you terribly hungry.
49:08 But when you have the Bible open to you
49:10 and the Bible starts to come alive I tell you,
49:14 your heart will just burn within you.
49:16 And you will have conviction come very strongly
49:19 in your heart that what you are hearing is truth,
49:22 because the same spirit that caused the Bible
49:25 to be written in the first place
49:27 is the same spirit that will convict your heart
49:30 that this is the truth.
49:31 Get the thought?
49:32 And if you do not resist, you will be drawn to God.
49:37 The only person who is not going to be drawn to God
49:40 is the person who starts to draw to themselves
49:43 and resist and say, no, I'm not going to do that.
49:49 But if you do not resist,
49:51 then we will naturally be drawn to God,
49:54 because it's the Spirit of God who wrote the Bible.
49:57 Now we've been discussing how to study the Bible.
50:00 I want to give you one verse how not to study the Bible.
50:03 Come over to Second Peter toward the back of the Bible.
50:05 Second Peter Chapter 1 and verse 20 and 21.
50:13 Second Peter, I am sorry, Chapter 1 verse 20 and 21.
50:17 Here is the way we should not study the Bible,
50:21 and Peter gives us clear warning here,
50:23 verse 20, "Knowing this first, that no prophecy
50:26 of the scripture is of any private interpretation,
50:32 for prophecy never came by the will of man,
50:34 but holy men of God spoke
50:36 as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."
50:39 You will be very careful about any person
50:42 who wants to put a private interpretation.
50:44 If I came along here, you know, in the meeting
50:47 and I read you a verse and I put the Bible down
50:49 and for the next half hour,
50:50 I then gave you my opinion that would get very close
50:54 to putting my own private opinion upon you.
50:56 Sometimes in meetings
50:57 like this we have a question box
50:59 and people often write to me and they said, Geoff,
51:01 what is your opinion about-- Then they ask me the question.
51:04 And I tell them I am not interested in giving you
51:06 what my opinion about such and such is,
51:09 because my opinion doesn't matter.
51:13 Is that true? Yes.
51:15 And with all due respects to you,
51:16 your opinion doesn't matter either.
51:19 The only person's opinion that matters is God's.
51:23 That's why the very first thing that we must do,
51:25 the question we ask, what does God say on that subject?
51:30 That's the question
51:31 that we should be asking all the time.
51:33 And as we study
51:35 and as we look at those questions,
51:37 then God will reveal to its truth
51:40 and conviction will come to our hearts.
51:44 Now people say to me, its all very well for you,
51:45 Geoff, you seem to know where the scriptures are but, listen.
51:48 That's the reason why we give you the papers
51:50 that's why we've given you the Bible,
51:52 that's why we're going to offer you DVDs
51:53 of all the meetings from Tuesday on.
51:57 A copy of all of this material will be on DVD for you.
52:02 Because we want you to study yourself,
52:06 and more you study and as you become
52:09 involved in studying the Bible, it's amazing
52:11 how much the Holy Spirit will get into our minds
52:15 and even some people who get a bit old
52:16 and they say, I am very forgetful these days.
52:18 You will be amazed when you start the study of the Bible
52:21 how the Holy Spirit brings to your remembrance
52:23 that which you're putting in.
52:25 But the Holy Spirit can't bring to your remembrance
52:27 that which you don't put in the first place,
52:29 is that right?
52:31 But as we give you the material
52:33 and as you study and as we follow
52:35 scripture with scripture,
52:36 then the Bible will just come alive
52:38 like a little girl once said,
52:40 she said that the Bible doesn't mean what it says,
52:42 why doesn't it say what it means.
52:45 Well, I want to tell you friends, it does, it does.
52:48 And if you will follow through,
52:50 that's why I don't want you to miss a single meeting,
52:52 because all of these meetings are like a serial.
52:55 Bit by bit we can't reveal everything all, at once,
52:57 you can't get a bucketful all once
52:59 we need to do it step by step,
53:01 and as we go through step by step,
53:03 the Bible will just become a wonderful book.
53:05 One last verse, Second Peter Chapter 3 and verse 18.
53:11 Second Peter 3 and verse 18
53:14 where Peter again writes this wonderful statement.
53:18 Second Peter Chapter 3 and verse 18,
53:20 "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord
53:27 and Savior Jesus Christ."
53:30 So God wants us not only to grow in grace,
53:34 but He wants us to grow in what else?
53:36 Knowledge, because knowledge is important.
53:41 It's very important, because the more knowledge I have,
53:45 the more I am able to understand
53:47 what God wants me to do.
53:50 And as I said, it wasn't long ago
53:52 when I didn't know very much about the Bible,
53:53 and I have seen over the years
53:56 people who have come to meetings,
53:58 our meetings and they have known nothing about the Bible,
54:01 practically nothing.
54:03 But after a little while of sincerely studying the Bible,
54:07 they've become giants
54:08 and I promise it will be your turn.
54:11 If you will allow God to be your teacher,
54:14 He will instruct you and He will impress your heart
54:20 that this is truth.
54:25 And sometimes when you are reading through the Bible,
54:27 you will come across some things
54:29 that seem to cut right across,
54:33 maybe what you have believed in forth in the past.
54:36 And the natural inclination of us all is to cast it aside.
54:42 But don't do that.
54:43 For example the Bible says for the wages of sin is death,
54:49 but the gift of God is eternal life
54:53 through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
54:58 See if you only read half the verse,
55:00 you'd be condemned,
55:02 but the rest of the verse gives us hope.
55:05 And sometimes when we read the Bible,
55:07 conviction will come to our hearts and some things
55:09 that we have been doing in our life are not right
55:11 and God wants us to change those.
55:15 And if you do not resist,
55:17 God will help you to make those decisions
55:19 to get your life in harmony with what God wants you to do,
55:22 because all of us are out of harmony with God,
55:25 that's a trouble with us all.
55:26 And then the Bible is our instructor.
55:30 The Bible is the one that guides us back
55:33 to correct living. Do not resist.
55:39 God will lead you step by step,
55:42 until you become a giant in God's word.
55:47 God is leading us night by night, step by step.
55:52 God will help us to understand His truth for these last days.
55:57 So remember the simple principle tonight.
56:01 If this one thing as you go home to remember,
56:04 underline in your own mind,
56:05 the Bible is its own interpreter.
56:10 The Bible explains itself.
56:14 It helps us to understand truth
56:17 as we compare scripture with scripture,
56:20 and as we do that then truth will become
56:23 so glorious and so exciting, and we won't have the feeling
56:28 that we can't never be able to work all these churches,
56:30 all same different things, how can I ever work it out,
56:33 you can work it out, and you will,
56:38 when you allow God to be your own interpreter.
56:43 Let's just bow our heads for a moment in prayer.
56:46 Our wonderful Father in Heaven,
56:47 I just want to thank you again today for Your love
56:49 and I thank you for Jesus.
56:51 And I thank you for revealing to us how to study
56:53 and understand Your book.
56:55 And Lord as we begin to study it in depth and in earnest.
56:59 I pray that your Holy Spirit will be our instructor
57:02 to lead us step by step,
57:03 so that we can be prepared for Your soon coming.
57:06 To the same blesses now as we go home
57:07 and bring us back again to our next meeting,
57:09 I pray for Jesus' sake, amen.


Revised 2014-12-17