“Can only Bible scholars understand the Bible rightly? Systematic theology part one


“Can only Bible scholars understand the Bible rightly? Systematic theology part one

EXPLANATION AND SCRIPTURAL BASIS
Anyone who has begun to read the Bible seriously will realize that some parts can be understood very easily while other parts seem puzzling. In fact, very early in the history of the church Peter reminded his readers that some parts of Paul’s epistles were difficult to understand: “So also “our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures” (2 Peter 3:15–16). We must admit therefore that not all parts of Scripture are able to be understood easily. “But it would be a mistake to think that most of Scripture or Scripture in general is difficult to understand. In fact, the Old Testament and New Testament frequently affirm that Scripture is written in such a way that its teachings are able to be understood by ordinary believers. Even “in Peter’s statement just quoted, the context is an appeal to the teachings of Paul’s letter, which Peter’s readers had read and understood (2 Peter 3:15). In fact, Peter assigns some moral blame to those who twist these passages “to their own destruction.” And he does not say that there are things impossible to understand, but only difficult to understand.

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2 comments on ““Can only Bible scholars understand the Bible rightly? Systematic theology part one

  1. I am so glad I have found you again. It is true we will not understand some parts of God’s Word. The closer we walk with Him, the more He opens our hearts and our understanding. If we still need the milk, as babes, there is no reason why God should give us understanding of the more difficult doctrine. We limit ourselves to understanding, I believe.
    Thanks for another enlightening post.

  2. Thank you Rev. Shockley for visiting my blog and in return leading me to yours. As to the topic of your post:
    When I first came to Christ, I asked basically the same question. A wise pastor told me to, “Just be a seeker, God will reveal to you as you permit Christ to be revealed in you. What you do understand, do that.”

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