Reading the Scriptures

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A BELIEVERS BIBLE STUDY series by Paul B Thomas designed to be read by the individual or as a family in the home. The bible itself should be opened and the scriptures examined in the their context for an all round enjoyable and profitable bible study experience.

THE BELIEVERS BIBLE STUDYStewards of The Mysteries of God# Reading The ScripturesBy Paul B Thomas

Topic: The Believer and Reading there ScripturesScripture Reading: (Ephesians 1:17)Purpose: Discover the purpose and value of reading scriptures constantly.

Reading is a habit everyone ought to develop. All successful men read daily all successful teachers and preachers study what is read daily. All successful believers become what they read daily.

1.What did Jesus say to the Jews concerning the scriptures

Search the scriptures for in them ye think they have eternal life; and they are which testify of me (John 5:39).

2.Is the whole volume of the bible about Jesus

Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God (Hebrews 10:7 Psalm 40:7).

3 For what the Berea’s commended?

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so (Acts 17:11).

4.How should we study the scriptures?

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

5.How should a believer progress in one’s knowledge?

For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.(Hebrews 5:12,13,13).

6.What is the comparison between believers using milk and teachers building an understanding of scriptures. 

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.  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat (Hebrews 5:13-14).

7.How are we to go on unto perfection?

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit (Hebrews 6:1,2,3).

8.How are we to progress into maturity?

But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak (Hebrews 6:9).

9.How are we to inherit the promises, the things that accompany salvation?

That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Hebrews 6:12).

10.What is the immutability of his counsel?

Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: (Hebrews 6:17).

11.What is impossible for God to do?

That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: (Hebrews 6:18).

12.What does or Hope in Christ do?

Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; (Hebrews 6:19).

13.Explain the importance of comparing scripture with scripture to get correct understanding of its meaning?

And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction (2 Peter 3,15,16).

13. Why is it important to have the Holy Ghost to help us understand scripture?

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  (1 Cor 2;10-12).

14.Can the natural mind of the carnal man understand scriptures?

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Cor 2:14).

15. How are we to seek the treasures of Gods’ word?

Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:3-5).

16.What benefit is there in reading

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  (2 Timothy 3;15).

These papers are written By Paul B Thomas for the propagation of the true gospel of Jesus Christ, the understanding of the apostles doctrine and the revelation of Jesus Christ.

NOTES:  Today many are into entertainment reading, they read whats amusing and news breaking, scandalous and worldly, unprofitable for the soul and often disturbing to the conscience. Confession and repentance must be the consequences  of devotional reading (Charles Coulson) Our devotional reading should be long term, as we aim for total transformation over a period of time, hence it must become a discipline and not a quick fix or quick read or a momentary habit that becomes customary. Total transformation is possible with daily heart seeking a daily devotional reading. Further a daily devotional is time with the Lord, we have a love for the Lord in which he discloses whats written, an experience that never could be ours unless we had taken the time to seek the hidden things of scripture that reveals the true bread of life. Reading is an art. a practice, a habit, a life changing development.

Questions to Consider: What is my daily reading pattern?  We can listen to youtube preaching but reading allows you to form your own views and the Holy Ghost to illuminate and uncover truth specifically to you. Reading requires  your mind to dig deep. Hence reading is more beneficial than watching media.

For further Study: Jer 30;2; 2 Tim 3;16; 1 Peter 2;2,3; 2 cor 1;20; John 14;20,21;

Literature: visit brother Paul on amazon for pentecostal/ apostolic ebooks

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