Bible Insight

Tips to help Understand the bible.

It is important to rightly divide the word of God – 2 Tim 2:15
If it can be rightly divided then it can be wrongly divided
– It should be read in context
– Know who is talking, who is being talked to and what is being talked about
– Who is talking could be talking to an individual or a group

There are three groups of people referred to in the bible –  Jews, Greeks (nations or Gentiles) and the church – 1 Cor 10:32
In the old testament there were only Jews and nations
No one was a Christian until after Jesus rose from the dead
A person is born Jew or Gentile – now any person from these groups can choose to become a Christian
All nations came from Noah’s three sons

Everything in the bible is recorded accurately but not everything is true
For example – Job 1:21 God gives and God takes away
God does not change His mind in giving – Rom 11:29
God gives everything freely – Rom 10:32

Everything in the bible is informative or instructional, but not everything applies to Christians
example – Christians do not kill animals for offering

Jesus bore or took all of mans sins upon himself –  1 Jn 2:2, Titus 2:11
There is only one sin that keeps a person out of heaven – not believing in Jesus

There are three parts to a person: spirit, soul and body –  1 Thess 5:23
The spirit is what gets born again
Know when the Bible is speaking about the spirit – whoever is born of God does not or cannot sin – 1 Jn 3:9

Grace and Faith
Faith is not something you do gain a response from God. Faith is a positive response to what God has already done through grace. Faith only appropriates what God has already provide by grace. If grace hasn’t provided it faith can’t make it happen. – Rom 5:2

Four types of government – personal, family, church and civil
One type cannot be applied to another
example – Jesus said to not resist evil, turn the other cheek – only applies to personal
if evil comes after a family member, resistance is required


Understanding 1 John 1

The apostle John is declaring that Jesus has been revealed in the flash and is just not a spirit.
Some of apostle John’s writings deal with one of the beliefs of Gnosticism which effected the church in the second century. This was that there was no original sin. The doctrine of original sin holds that, because Adam and Eve partook of forbidden knowledge in the Garden of Eden, we are all intrinsically sinners from birth.

References:
The Divergence of Orthodox Christianity from Gnosticism
A verb expresses an act. A noun refers to a thing.
Sin as verb (Strong’s 264) – The individual acts of sin.
Sin as noun (Strong’s 266) – The effect of original sin, the disease.

! John 1 interlinear

Verb – 3rd Person Singular Aorist Active Subjunctive. 1 John 1:9
“to forgive” and “to cleanse”
Aorist (tense) – indicating past action without reference to whether the action involved was momentary or continuous
It can describe something that simply is regardless of any time reference
Active (voice) –
Subjunctive (mood) –

Pastor Charlie Riley notes on Forgiveness Of Sins