At the beginning of these blogs, I used a specific title. Now we are going start the journey of learning what it all means. When you are studying your Bible, always have these questions in mind: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How. You will need to have an inquisitive attitude if you want to make the correct:
1. OBSERVATIONS-What does the text say? What do you see?
2. INTERPRETATIONS-Which answers the question, what does it mean? And thirdly;
3. APPLICATIONS-My friends this is the MOST important part.
I’ve said this before but it bears repeating, “If you ain’t appliyin it, God ain’t buyin it” (James 1:22). I think that’s sorta catchy. These are elements of “The Inductive Bible Study”. By using any method of Bible study, whether it is topical study, or a word study, or maybe a character study, you are sure to reap a reward. No matter which type of study a person might choose, they will only get out of it what they are willing to invest. Most Christians all over the world love to do morning or evening devotionals. Devotionals are useful up to a certain point, given the fact that we are entering into a biblical time and culture, and it’s not our own. A culture rich in symbolism, figures of speech, metaphors, and idioms,which often allude our modern day understanding. Transport someone like Abraham or Moses into the 21st century they would definitely need a guide and interpreter to help them just to cross the street safely. Our way of life would be like sorcery to them. On the other hand, if you were thrown back in time to the ancient city of Chaldea, the home of Abram, before he became Abraham…culture shock. Or, maybe if we were forced to live with The Children of Israel, while they were under Egyptian bondage or walking around in the desert for forty years. We just might be in for a rude awakening.
Many of us don’t realize that is exactly what we are doing when we pick up The Bible and assume that we’re smart enough to figure it all out on our own. Now I know what you’re thinking, of course we have The Holy Spirit, and we will get to that. Alternately, we also play a part in the building up of The Body of Christ. 2nd Cor. 6:1 “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.”
Have you ever seen one of those biblical movies made by Hollywood? Have you been as disappointed with the finished product as I have? Well, there is a very good reason for that. The men and women who produce these movies are not Born Again Spirit Filled Children of God. They make these movies to make money. These movies are not designed to feed your spirit, they are made to line their pockets; it’s just pure entertainment or meant to entertain.
John 3: 1 “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
Verse 7 is the bottom line, “YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN”. Moreover, the moment our ears hear those word we should, Just like Nicodemus, start asking questions. How does this work? What does He mean? Why did He say that? Do we go back in head first, feet first, or butt first. That sounds silly, but I’m fairly certain stupid questions like that ran through his mind. Look at what John wrote in verse 4 “Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?” So what does all of this have to do with an Inductive Bible Study? When you study your Bible, do you ever just slow down and ask questions of the text? I don’t mean in the negative sense like “I do not really believe that happen!” Or “He didn’t really walk on water, that must be a metaphor!” When people question The Word of God like that, they are not really look for the truth and they certainly aren’t looking to repent of their sinful lifestyle and become a New Creation in Christ. To be continued…