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Bible Q & A

Q. Can a man come to understand God’s Word on his own? I’ve been trying to understand the Bible for a long time, but seem more confused than ever.
A. The Bible records an example of a man who sought to find God on his own-- and failed. Notice it in Acts 8:26-40.

Philip, a deacon in the New Testament Church, met a man of Ethiopia, a man of great authority, sitting in his chariot on the road from Jerusalem to Gaza. The Ethiopian was reading his Bible in the prophecies of Isaiah. Notice what Philip asked him: “Understandest thou what thou readest” (v. 30)? And the Ethiopian replied simply, “How can I, except some man should guide me” (v. 31)?

Here was an educated man, able to read the Bible in two languages, a man of responsibilities and accomplishments, and the treasurer of a Queen’s wealth. But he realized that unless a minister should help him, he could not understand God’s Word.

Verse 35 shows that Philip gave him the understanding he sought. “Philip opened his mouth and began at the same scripture and preached unto him Jesus.”

You can on your own learn to understand much of your own Bible, but the Bible itself reveals God has sent teachers like Philip to make the whole truth plain.

Notice what Paul wrote in Romans 10:13-15. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?” Here is the key to understanding your Bible.

First of all, you must determine who the ministers are that God has sent. Listen to those who are God’s faithful and true servants. Listen with an open mind willing to believe what you are taught out of your own Bible. There are ministers who are labeled as “false ministers.” False, because they preach and teach a different doctrine. Listen to our sermon, “Angels of Light” for more information on this subject.

Notice Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” If you would like to begin your own Bible study enroll now in our Mini-Correspondence Course and Traditional Christian Doctrine series. This is a unique Bible study course and the only textbook you need is your own Bible.
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