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by Jim Brenay

One can compare The Bible to a science, letís say "Mathematics." However, before you go off the deep end into numerology, lets look at it from a different standpoint. When I think of math, I think of a system of rules, regulations, laws, axioms, theorems, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. We just sort of accept the facts of mathematics, The Bible, on the other hand, is put to every possible test of doubt and unbelief we can muster. If we would just look to The Bible, it will provide keys to understanding, knowing, and believing itís contents. Peter wrote in 2 Peter 1:20- 21 Knowing this first, That is to say, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. And Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 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, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. We must believe these Biblical facts. Scripture is Divinely inspired, it is profitable, it is to be used, and not to be privately interpreted, but is to be wholly considered for doctrine. One of the most helpful guidelines we would like to share with our readers is this; the three W questions. My pastor taught us to ask these three simple questions, whenever we want to study a passage of scripture. Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. If we ask these simple questions, it will help us to do just that. First, "Who is doing the talking?" second, "Who is he talking to?" and third "What is he saying or talking about?" Letís look at an example of how this can help us rightly divide the word of truth. We have all heard that the thief on the cross was saved by just asking for forgiveness. Many jump to the conclusion, from this, that all they have to do to be saved, is ask for forgiveness. So lets ask the three questions and see if we can receive a better understanding from the answers. Who is doing the talking? Jesus, not the reserected Christ. In John 7:38 Jesus cried out "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." John 7:39 the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) So we see that the thief could not receive the Holy Ghost until after Jesus died and was glorified. Who is He talking to? An old testament covenant breaker, under this covenant, Jesus had the power to forgive sins. See Matthew 9:2-8. What is He saying? This day shall you be with me in paradise, not heaven. What actually happened here is that we are witnessing the last person being saved under the old covenant, not the first under the new. When Jesus said, "it is finished," and according to Matthew 27:51, the veil of the temple was rent in twain. This was the end of the old covenant. Now let us examine another passage using the same three question rule. Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. This is another extremely interesting passage. If we ask who is doing the talking, we find that the Spirit that came to John is talking. That Spirit is The Father God, Jehovah. Revelation 1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; What is He saying? This is a good one, lets see if we can rightly divide this word. He is giving an invitation to us the church, to come up there, and be with Him and His Bride. His Bride is Jerusalem, Revelation 21:9-10 tells us this fact. We will continue on next time.

Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. Revelation 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged 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. Isaiah 55:10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 1 Kings 8:56 Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant. Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. 1 Peter 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 1 Peter1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. Hebrews 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. John 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things.





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