Part I

THE BASIS FOR A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF GOD'S WORD


In order to fully understand the Word of God (the Bible), there are certain requirements that you must yield to. The Bible is a spiritual book, and it must be spiritually discerned. "Now the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually examined'' (I Corinthians 2:14).

  1. The spiritual requirements for a clear understanding of the Word of God are as follows:

    1. One must love God: Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27; Matthew 10:37; Luke 14:25-35; I John 2:7-11, 4:7,8,20.

    2. One must have the will to do God's will: John 7:17; Psalms 40:6-8; Acts 13:22; Matthew 19:29; Mark 10:29-31; Colossians 1:9-11; Ephesians 5:17; I Thessalonians 4:3; John 14:21; I Thessalonians 5:16-18.

    3. One must be willing to lay aside human theories and practices of men which are contrary to the will of God: Matthew 23:15, 29-36; Isaiah 66:1-5; Ezekiel 14:4,5; Acts 17:10,11; Galatians 6:12; Ephesians 4:17; Isaiah 29:13-16.

    4. One must pray to the Lord, ''Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law" (Psalms 119:18). Proverbs 2:3, Psalm 119:160, Dan. 4:37.


  2. The intellectual requirements are as follows:


    1. One must study the Word in order to get its messages. II Timothy 2:15.

    2. One must discipline one's mind to memorize the Word. Psalms 119:11; 37:31; 40:8.

    3. One must worship the Lord with all one's heart. Proverbs 1:7; 9:10,15,33; Psalms 111:10; Job 28:28.