God inspired holy men to pen the Scriptures. They are profitable to us for “teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).
But some people, even some believers, are intimidated by the idea of Bible study. They are of the opinion that the Bible is too hard to understand. Are you one of those people?
There is no practical value in God blessing us with His Word if it can’t be understood. His written message to us is useful only to the extent that we can understand the Bible.
I just love it when I read something that I’ve read several times before and this time I really get the Understanding. I don’t only want to know what God is saying in His Word. I want to know what He means so I can benefit from what He is saying.
One day Jesus went to the synagogue and read and expounded on one of the most phenomenal and relevant passages found in all of the Old Testament Scriptures: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18, NASB).
This verse is found in Isaiah 61:1 of our Bible.
Then Jesus laid the bomb on the people: “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:19).
In other words, I am the anointed One the Scripture is talking about! That particular day in the synagogue was not business as usual. The people’s eyes had been opened with understanding.
Our Anointing to Understand the Bible
1. The consequences of a lack of understanding. As it was in the days of Jesus, some churchgoers and Bible readers today hear and read the Bible but fail to get understanding. That lack of understanding is not without consequences. “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God,” Jesus said to the Sadducees (Matthew 22:29).
This is true of us today as well. Many of the poor choices we make are due to ignorance of the Scriptures. Our self-destructive or harmful behavior is often due to ignorance of the Scriptures. The problem is that if we don’t know what to do, then we must do what we know. And that’s a recipe for disaster.
2. God’s provision for our understanding. Every true believer can understand the Bible because God has anointed us to do so. The anointing is a supernatural impartation from God to us. This work of God comes through the Holy Spirit.
“The anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things…” (1 John 2:27).
This verse underscores the challenge at hand. The Word of God has a spiritual distinction that makes it extremely difficult for the natural man to gain practical understanding of it. But that is not who we are. We are a new creation and God has anointed us so we can understand the Bible.
If we could achieve the same end without this special anointing from God, there would have been no need for that anointing. The good news is that if you are a Christian, God has given you an anointing to abide in you to teach you so you can read His Word with understanding.
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