Having now brought us to salvation by the Word of God,
and having given us the assurance of our salvation
through the Word of God, the Holy Spirit now begins the
sanctification process whereby we are changed into the
very likeness of Christ. By the Word of God He changes
us “into the same image from glory to glory.” He
does this by “the renewing of” our “mind”—transforming
our thoughts and ideas from those which were after the
old man of sin, into “the mind of Christ.” By the
Word of God we are taught to understand our two natures,
and to discern between those things which are of the
flesh and those things which are of Christ. He brings
us, through the Word, to understand what it means to
live “by the faith of the Son of God”; and
to “reckon ye
also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive
unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
John 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself,
that they also might be
sanctified through the truth.
Cor 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the
Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass
the glory of the Lord,
are changed into the same
image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be
ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye
may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and
perfect, will of God.
Cor 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that
he may instruct him?
But we have the mind of
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful,
and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to
the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the
joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the
thoughts and intents of the heart.
Heb 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but
if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I
live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the
life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith
of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed
unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our
Holy Spirit teaches us, through the Word of God, how to
fulfill the Great Commission of our Saviour. Those who
would go and preach or teach, those that would labor
together with God to harvest lost souls, those who would
be a worker in the Lord’s vineyard, or a good soldier of
Jesus Christ’s, must be equipped through the Word. We
must not only have sufficient truth to be able to
withstand our adversaries, but we must have the wisdom
and knowledge that comes from the Word, in knowing what
to teach and how to teach it. Who would send a soldier
to war without any training? Who would hire a worker and
not give him the tools to do the job, or show him what
to do and how to do it? Even so a believer must
“study to shew (him)self approved unto God, a
workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing
the word of truth.” “Not a novice,” but “perfect
throughly furnished unto all good works.”
Matt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,
All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of
the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have
commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even
unto the end of the world. Amen.
Cor 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave
7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither
he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and
every man shall receive his own reward according to his
9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are
God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
Tim 2:15 Study
to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that
needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of
Tim 3:15 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.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction,
for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly
furnished unto all good works.
1 Tim 3:6 Not
a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall
into the condemnation of the devil.
well remember, to this day, my first attempts at sharing
my faith. I was as Apollos, “fervent in the spirit,”
but without the understanding or wisdom to be
effective. In my fleshly zeal, I blundered about, trying
to convince others of my faith, but often doing more
harm than good. I offended many people needlessly, and
was mortally wounded myself, time and again. Likewise, I
have often sat in a church service when a new convert
has just professed Christ, and then is told to ‘Go
out and do something for God.’ It is like telling a
young man, who desires to serve his country in the
military, to go out and fight, without giving him any
weapons or training—he is sure to be slaughtered. As
believers, we need to “grow in grace, and in the
knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,” and
“tarry” until we “be endued with power from on
high,” if we are to be effective and victorious.
Acts 18:24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at
Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the
scriptures, came to Ephesus.
25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord;
and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and
taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing
only the baptism of John.
26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue:
whom when Aquila and
Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and
expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the
Spirit, which is the word of God:
Pet 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory
both now and for ever. Amen.
Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father
upon you: but
tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued
with power from on high.
However, we are not trying to discourage those who would
tell what Jesus has done for them, in the simple terms
that they understand. As the blind man who was healed
said, “one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind,
now I see.” Or as the woman at the well proclaimed,
“come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I
did: is not this the Christ?” We can tell what we
know, but to venture out beyond that will lead us
“into the condemnation of the devil.” The problem
with most of us is that, when witnessing, we end up
trying to win an argument, or trying to convince someone
to come to Christ, without using the “sword of the
Spirit.” It is the Holy Spirits work to draw men to
faith, but He does use our testimonies in this process.
Let us simply “shew how great things God hath done”
for us, until God gives to us the proper
training in using the “twoedged sword” that is
“quick, and powerful, and sharper” than all of our
John 9:24 Then again called they the man that was blind,
and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that
this man is a sinner.
25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I
know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was
blind, now I see.
26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee?
how opened he thine eyes?
John 4:28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her
way into the city, and saith to the men,
29 Come, see a
man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not
this the Christ?
Luke 8:38 Now the man out of whom the devils were
departed besought him that he might be with him: but
Jesus sent him away, saying,
39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great
things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way,
and published throughout the whole city how great things
Jesus had done unto him.
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful,
and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even
to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the
joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts
and intents of the heart.
thing we must remember, as those who would be taught of
God to serve others, we must not neglect to be feed
ourselves by the Word of God. The downfall of many a
preacher, is to spend all of their time studying to
minister to others, and neglect their own soul. As
believers, we need the spiritual food of the Word of God
to sustain our spiritual man, as much as we need
physical food to sustain our bodies. We must not allow
ourselves to become as the seed which fell among the
thorns, which “the care of this world, and the
deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh
unfruitful.” The daily study of God’s Word—which is
when we allow God to talk to us; and our daily
prayers—which is when we talk to God—are vital to the
Christian life. The neglect of either of these will lead
to spiritual poverty, and a fruitless life.
Matt 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written,
Man shall not live by
bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of
the mouth of God.
Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment
of his lips; I
have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my
Heb 6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and
the powers of the world to come,
Matt 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns
is he that heareth the word;
and the care of this
world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word,
and he becometh unfruitful.
Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my
words shall not pass away.
34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your
hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness,
and cares of this life, and so that day come upon
Prov 24:30 I went by the field of the slothful, and
by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and
nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall
thereof was broken down.
32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it,
and received instruction.
33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little
folding of the hands to sleep:
34 So shall thy
poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an
as a newborn baby depends upon, and desires his mother’s
milk to sustain his life and to grow, even so as
believers we are to “desire the sincere milk of the
word, that ye may grow thereby.” God, our Heavenly
Father, has given to His newborn children, nursemaids as
it were, to watch over and feed infant believers.
Pastors and Bible teachers are primarily taken up with
feeding us the milk of the Word, until we are able to
begin to feed ourselves. As a young Christian, one
should, by all means, begin to study the Bible on their
own; but we must “remember them which have the rule
over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God.”
Those, whom God has used to bring us to Christ, have a
certain responsibility to watch over us and feed us;
“whose faith” we are to “follow, considering the
end of their conversation.” We need to be teachable,
as young children. We are not to become know-it-alls,
resisting those who would lead us into the
truth—especially those that have “in Christ Jesus”
“begotten” us “through the gospel.” Pride is
a deceptive force, and Satan would like nothing better
than to cause one of God’s “little ones” in the
faith, to think that they are strong enough to stand on
their own. In the glorious days following our salvation,
it is easy to be lifted up in pride, and begin to think
that we are a “special child of God,” and have no need
of those ministers that God has given to instruct us.
Pet 2:2 As
newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that
ye may grow thereby:
Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some,
prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and
12 For the
perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry,
for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Remember them which have the rule over you, who have
spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow,
considering the end of their conversation
Cor 4:14 I write not these things to shame you, but as
my beloved sons I warn you.
15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in
Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ
Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
Tim 3:6 Not a
novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the
condemnation of the devil.
more we grow and mature however, the more we will find
it necessary to search deeper into God’s Word on our
own. The teaching of most churches, though not all, is
geared towards the “babes in Christ,” those who
are still weak in the faith, and those who are
“carnal, and walk as men.” It has been my
experience, as the Lord has allowed me to be a part of
several churches, that most do not get “beyond the
principles of the doctrine of Christ.” You will find
that most teaching becomes rather repetitious, no matter
where you may go to hear it. You will find yourself
stagnated in your Christian life if all you are doing is
being bottle fed.
Cor 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as
unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes
2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for
hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now
are ye able.
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among
you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not
carnal, and walk as men?
Heb 6:1 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,
young believer, who was seeking to know the truth, God
spoke to me through His Word in a most intimate and
precious way. As I had been praying and searching His
Word, I was led to this verse, “I will instruct thee
and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will
guide thee with mine eye.” It was one of those times
when the Word seems to pop right out of its pages and
speaks directly to your heart; and I have, since then,
continually claimed this promise in my quest for truth.
As we begin our search for truth, we must begin it
prayerfully, looking to God, depending upon Him to teach
us, asking Him to
“lead me in thy truth, and
Psa 32:8 I will
instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt
go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Psa 25:5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for
thou art the God of my salvation;
on thee do I wait all the
Therefore, by faith, trusting in God to lead us and
teach us through His Word, what is the best approach to
understand His Word? I would make this suggestion to
those that are young in the faith, that they acquire an
inexpensive Bible, such as one that is given away by a
Bible society, or that is purchased cheaply from a
bookstore. This is to be the Authorized King James
Version of 1611, and preferably one that has no notes or
references. This Bible will be one which you can mark
up, underline, write in, highlight, and make your own
references in. By faith, let it be just you and God’s
Word alone, without the influence of other men’s
thoughts. I still have my first such Bible, and although
it is well-worn with the cover taped on, I have never
experienced God’s fellowship in His Word as deeply, as
in the reading and studying of that Bible.
Isa 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the
waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and
eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and
2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is
not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth
not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that
which is good, and let your soul delight itself in
you are new to the Scriptures, many would suggest that
your reading begin in the New Testament, with maybe also
a reading from the Psalms and Proverbs. However you feel
led to read, and with whatever system you may utilize,
the important thing is to get an understanding of the
Bible as a whole. The thing to realize is that the Bible
is one book. Even though it may be divided up into
sixty-six books, with the Old and New Testament
divisions, it still has One Divine Author and one
message. As someone has said, “The Bible is a Him
book, it all about Him”—Jesus; and again, “The
Old Testament is Christ concealed, the New Testament is
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye
have eternal life:
and they are they which
testify of me.
John 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have
believed me: for
he wrote of me.
to be understood is that, although the Bible is a
history book, poetry book, book of wisdom, and
prophecies—and can be read as such—it is more
importantly a spiritual book; and we are looking for the
hidden treasures that it contains. The Bible is also a
self-teaching book; we build upon our understanding of
it “precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon
line; here a little, and there a little.” A verse
from the Old Testament may give us added light to one in
New. A verse in Hebrews may give meaning to a verse in
Psalms. As we discover interconnecting thoughts we
should make our own references to them. Furthermore,
single words and phrases, most of the time, carry the
same symbolism throughout the Bible. Words such as
water, light, darkness, tree, serpent, and such, are
rich in meaning, and give light to the passage as a
whole. Many times whole phrases are similar and teach
the same truth; but in comparing both, one instance may
give the true meaning to another. For example, those who
question, in the parable of the sower, whether the seed
sown among the rocks was truly saved, they need only to
compare it to a similar verse from the book of Acts.
That is why much of the meaning of God’s Word has been
destroyed in the modern translations, whose concern is
said to be—‘To make the Bible easier to be
understood.’ However, in their aborted attempt to
simplify the Scripture, they have actually muted the
spiritual message. Jesus said that even the tiniest
letter and punctuation mark is important to the meaning
of Scriptures. For those of us who adhere to the King
James Bible, we accept it all as being inspired, even
the italicized words.
Prov 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide
my commandments with thee;
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and
apply thine heart to understanding;
3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up
thy voice for understanding;
4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her
as for hid treasures;
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the
LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh
knowledge and understanding.
Isa 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall
he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned
from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept
must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon
line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
Matt 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and
earth pass, one
jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law,
till all be fulfilled.
Mark 4:16 And these are they likewise which are sown on
stony ground; who, when they have heard the word,
immediately receive it
Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word
were baptized: and the same day there were added
unto them about three thousand souls.
Another important concept to the meaning of words in the
Bible is that of the first mention. Are we trying
to understand the symbolism, or the import of a certain
word, then go to where it first occurs in the
Scriptures; a concordance, or a computer program that
has word searches, is useful for this. Also, to examine
every instance, where a word occurs throughout the
Bible, will give to us great insight into its spiritual
meaning. Finally, are there words of which you do not
understand the meaning, such as “concupiscence,”
or “lasciviousness”; or are there words that have
lost, or changed their meaning such as “letteth”?
Then a good Bible dictionary is useful for this. The
important thing is to let God speak to you and teach
you, for “it is
written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of
Tim 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which
thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in
John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they
shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that
hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto
Another important element in knowing God’s Word, is to
begin a program of Scripture memorization. To have God’s
Word embedded in our minds is a great resource for the
Holy Spirit to use, not only in teaching us, but in
witnessing to others also. One preacher, whom I have had
the personal acquaintance of, Jack Van Impe, is known as
“The Walking Bible,” because of his extensive
memorization of much of the Scriptures. His sermons and
teachings are filled with Scripture quotation, which
gives great validity to what he is saying. Also, by
keeping our minds occupied with memorizing, we keep
ourselves from thinking about worldly things, lustful
things, or from worry. We should consider memorizing
whole Psalms, or significant chapters from the Bible.
Single verses are great for children, but adults will
find a greater challenge, and a greater blessing in
memorizing entire chapters or books of the Bible. The
small New Testaments with the Psalms and Proverbs, that
are given away by the Gideons, are great tools for this.
One can easily remove the pages, make a protective
jacket of clear plastic or a small baggie, and
keep it in ones pocket throughout the day. You will be
amazed at how much Scripture can be learned in even a
week. You will also be amazed at how much insight you
will gain into God’s Word by this discipline, as you
spend time digesting its truths.
Psa 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I
might not sin against thee.
Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the
counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of
sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in
his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the
rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his
season; his leaf also shall not wither; and
whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are
just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are
lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there
be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on
Psa 119:97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation
all the day.
98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser
than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
99 I have more
understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies
are my meditation.
Psa 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting
the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise
8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the
heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever:
the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much
sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Another ingredient in understanding the Scriptures is to
take notes during Bible classes, or during the sermon in
your church service. We would not dare go to a college
class without taking notes on the lecture; why do we
think that what we hear in church is any less important?
Are we going to church just to be “religious” or to
“feel good,” or are we going to be taught something from
the Word that will benefit our spiritual life? By taking
notes, it helps us to concentrate on what is being said;
or maybe the Lord will speak to you personally about
some other truth that the sermon may bring to mind.
Writing these thoughts down insures that we don’t forget
them. Also, how often do we find our minds wandering
from the message by not concentrating? The thoughts and
cares of the world creep into our minds, and we are
miles away from hearing what is being said. By taking
notes, we are less apt to fall asleep, physically or
spiritually. Furthermore, how many Christians are there,
who could tell what the sermon was about on Sunday, even
the very next day? It has been proved that when we
involve more than just listening with the ear in the
learning process, we retain more of what is being said
and taught. Again, a legal notepad the size of a Bible
is convenient for this, and easy to carry. Keep it with
your Bible so you don’t forget to take it with you, and
soon you will have a great handwritten resource of your
Mark 4:14 The sower soweth the word.
15 And these are they by the way side, where the word
is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh
immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in
Mark 4:18 And these are they which are sown among
thorns; such as hear the word,
19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of
riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke
the word, and it becometh unfruitful.