2. Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How: Inductive Bible Study~ Following The Most Logical Conclusion II.
December 18, 2017
From an earlier blog, there was only one response in the comment section. Her name is Sherri, and this is what she said:
“I’ve had the same question. I can read my Bible, but how do I know how to study it?”
This is the essence of what true humility is all about. Blessed is this woman in the eyes of The LORD, because Jesus said in Matthew 18: 3… “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”
By no means am I calling her childish; quite the opposite, because that is the true mark of maturity. Jesus said the effect of conversion or being Born Again is a new beginning’ therefore, our attitude should be that of a child. In addition, newborn babes come into this world crying out for nourishment and nurture. What I am saying is the best place to be in The Kingdom is at Christ feet knowing that you are just an empty vessel, a child.
There are a few things we should know about The Bible. According to the Guinness Book of World records, it is the bestselling book of all time. While concurrently, it’s also the most misunderstood, which leads to it being the most misinterpreted. One of the main reasons is, it was written a long time ago, in a culture that our 21st century minds cannot truly relate too.
In order to bridge this gap of time and culture we will need a few extra-biblical resources. For starters, every serious student of the Bible will need The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. Most Bibles have a little mini-concordance at the back of your bible. This is not a commentary on the Bible, but an index containing a few key words. A Strong’s Concordance is an index of practically every word in the Bible. It will also give you the location of that word and every scripture that used that word.
For instance, I really have a problem with what I call the dismembered Body of Christ. This is just a term I use to describe the many denominations that sprang up within the church. I use that term to get your attention. If you look denomination up word in a dictionary, you will most likely find:
A group of religious congregations having its own organization and a distinctive faith
A class of one kind of unit in a system of numbers or measures or weights or money
Identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others
Since I am a member of The Body of Christ, whether I am the toenail on the little toe of the left foot I am still a part of the body. Therefore, what the body does or does not do affects every part including me. Figuratively speaking, when I look at the Church of The LORD Jesus Christ, I see man-made walls and traditions that keep these walls in place. Therefore, I used my friendly Concordance with the word ‘walls’ in mind…this is what I found:
Eph. 2: 14 “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”
I would like to hear any comments, thoughts, or advice on the subject of denominational walls, and how they might affect The Church at large. In addition, what you think the unchurched world sees when they look at us. Should we work at tearing down these walls? Alternatively, maybe just sweep it all under the rug. To be continued…