The ability to skillfully use God’s Word is vital to making sound decisions. Decisions that not only affect you but those who look to you for guidance. God seeks to reveal Himself to his creation through the scriptures. Both the Old and New Testaments were written by holy men instructed by the Holy Spirit. It is amazing that a book thousands of years old has been and still is, relevant to all generations. It contains God’s plan of redemption and constant guidance to the redeemed.
Over the years, many have struggled with reconciling the teachings of the Old Testament with the new. God never contradicts himself. What was true in the Old Testament is still true in the New. A good method for studying the scriptures is the “analogy of faith.” It is a Reformed Hermeneutical principle which states that, since all scriptures are harmoniously united with no essential contradictions, therefore, every proposed interpretation of any passage must be compared with what the other parts of the Bible teach.
“The New Testament is concealed in the Old, and the Old is revealed in the New” St. Augustine
God has preserved his message down through thousands of years, many translations, languages, and peoples. So why aren’t more people interested in studying this personal message from God? For the same reason, Adam sinned in the garden. The same reason Christ was crucified. The same reason the Israelites rebelled against God. Satan, the enemy of God, has been and still is fighting against God to usurp his power and authority.
It will never be easy to study God’s Word. It will require commitment, dedication, and perseverance. However as a believer, you will never do anything in this life that is more important. We are foreigners traveling through a hostile land. The only reliable compass made available to us is God’s Word. You can rest assured Satan will do any and everything in his power to keep you from this vital information.
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 (KJV)
Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine(teaching) is not mine, but his that sent me (God). If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. Genesis 2:16-17