How to Study the Bible?

Dec 10th, 2009 | By | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)

How to Study the Bible?

I’ve grew up in church all my life. Yet it seems that I don’t know alot about the Word. I try to study now and its hard. I really don’t know how to study. All I know is I have a strongs concordance and I use the KJV only along with a dictionary. I dont know how to study cause no one has really shown me how. It’s a shame that you have preachers and deacons to preach in front of people but never want to do a one on one study or they are always too busy…

Topical studies are essential. I may be easier to do one with the use of E-sword, computer software. There when you use the KJV with Strongs numbers, you can actually do a search of all the uses of any given Strongs number, so that way you get to see other ways they translated that same word.

There are different ways of doing topical studies.

1) Just looking up all the words

2) Making different columns depending on context, to determine if something is symbolic or literal, or prophetic.

3) Also there is studying dispensationally. Peter tells us about 3 worlds: The World that was before the flood, the present evil world that now is, and the world to come, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

When we talk about the Flood of Noah, we know that takes place in the 1st world (age or epoch), but symbolically we know Jesus likened those days to the time of his second coming. So it has application in two ages.

Now take Isa. 35. That has no application in the first 2 worlds, but only in the third.

4) then there is understanding type and antitype. Type: what literally happened. Abraham had 3 wives. Antitype, we are told Sarah (Grace Covenant) and Hagar (Law) represent covenants.

What we have listed above is just a quick outline. We do offer a Booklet “How to Study the Bible,” which gives a more detailed explantion on different types of study and the reasons for doing them. This booklet is Study 1, in our Advanced Bible Study Course that we offer. It is however a mail order course, as we do not have the booklets that go with the tests in electronic format. Contact us if you are interested in taking the course.

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  1. Since Abraham had three wives and we understand that that the first two represent covenants in anti-type (Gal. 4:21-31), it is only logical that the third wife represents a covenant also. I submit that as Hagar represents the Law Coventant with Natural Israel and Sarah (the favorite wife) represents the Grace Covenant with Spiritual Israel, i.e. the true Church (called the Bride of Christ), then Keturah the third wife, whom Abraham married after Sarah died (Gen 24:67; 25:1)–and antitypically the last members of the Church will be raptured–represents the New Covenant with the world of mankind in the Kingdom Age when the Church reigns with Christ to bring about Paradise Restored (Rev. 20:6). In Hebrews Chapter 12 the Law Covenant is inferred in verse 22, the Grace Covenant in verse 23 and the New Covenant in verse 24. See Isaiah chapter 35 for a sample of conditions on earth under the New Covenant.

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