Basics to Bible Understanding
The greatest fact
that I know is that God has spoken! Thus making
There was no reason for Him to do so; he did not have to. No necessity was laid
upon Him: he was not compelled to do so. Oh, what grace!
All that He has said that he wants us to know is found in His written
Word. All that
He spoke to His creatures is not recorded, but all that we need to know is. The great
problem in understanding what He has said is found in the fact that people attempt
to reason from the particular to the general. The
foundational principle in the
science of logic, which will meet all difficulties, is this: "We cannot reason
from the particular to the general." The violation of this
principle of logic is the root
cause for men to misunderstand and misapply what God has said.
Confusion results from looking at particular passages of Scripture and
to generalize God's purpose and plan for all time. His speaking should be looked
at from the general and then reasoned to the particular.
It is by faith in what God has spoken that we
understand that the ages were adjusted
and administered by Him, so that what is seen by the naked eye is not the result of
what appears on the surface and cannot be judged or explained by the outward
appearance. In plainer words, "things are not always what they seem to be."
He has made known through His Word the things from which history
order that we may know some of the things pertaining to the ages
as they succeed each other. Thereby, we can learn to understand something of His
principles of administration suited for each age and dispensation.
GOD HATH SPOKEN
DIRECTLY HIMSELF-There was a time when He
spoke directly to individual men.
He spoke directly to individuals, such as Adam. Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Moses.
The Book of Genesis tells us what He said to individuals as He spoke directly.
BY THE PROPHETS-From Exodus thru Malachi
up to Matthew 1:1-3:12 we notice what
God spoke to the fathers of the Hebrews. However, He spoke to "the fathers" BY
PROPHETS of Israel (Hebrews 1:1). The great fact is that He chose to speak to the
ancestors of the Hebrews by the prophets - not by the priest. The prophets spoke to
the Hebrews, not to the Gentiles. What God spoke by the prophets, from Moses to
John the Baptist, was confined to Israel. Dr. Bullinger well said, "If we read that
people and those principles of administration into this dispensation, we are taking
what God spake by the prophets to and concerning the fathers and read them as though they were to and about ourselves, the result: CONFUSION."
BY HIS SON - After God spoke by the
prophets He spoke again, in "these last days"
(Hebrews 1:2). Not the last days in which we live, but in the days of that dispensation.
The speaking BY HIS SON was "unto us" Hebrews, not us Gentiles. The Son's words
were not His words but the Fathers (John 7:16; 8:28; 8:46-47; 12:49; 14:10: 24; 17:8).
He only "began" (Acts 1:1) this wondrous speaking which ended in His death. What
the Son spoke is recorded in the Four Gospels. The Hebrews to whom He spoke rejected the Kingdom and crucified their King.
BY THEM THAT HEARD HIM - God continued
speaking by them that had heard the
Son (Hebrews 2:3). The prophets had spoken "unto the fathers." The Son had
"unto us." They that had heard Him "confirmed" what He had said
"unto us," i.e. to
those Hebrews to whom Paul was writing. Those could be none other than the
Twelve. The ministry of the Lord was carried on by them after the Ascension. Paul,
later in Acts, was one who had heard the Son after the Ascension. The Acts, and the
epistles of the Acts period records what God spoke by them that had heard the Son.
God speaking by them ended at Acts 28:30.
BY PAUL THE PRISONER - After Acts God
ceased speaking to the Hebrews and even
the Gentiles as they were associated with the Hebrews. He then spoke to Gentiles by
Paul the prisoner of Jesus Christ. Paul's imprisonment was for the express purpose
of God speaking to Gentiles apart from Israel. God's eternal purpose, The Mystery,
was revealed to Paul the prisoner and is recorded in the prison epistles. Truth for
today is bound up in the testimony of the Lord's prisoner.
God speaks to us today, not audibly, but thru a form of sound words
recorded in Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, I and II Timothy and Titus.
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