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Summary: Our subject this morning is: To Understand The Bible You Need The Inspiration of The Holy Spirit. Understanding the Bible requires us to be in a place where the Spirit of God can teach us.

To Understand the Bible You Need the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit

Sunday October 29, 2000

Job 32:8-9

8 Surely it is God’s Spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them, that makes them intelligent.

9 But sometimes the elders are not wise. Sometimes the aged do not understand justice.

1 Kings 4:29

29 God gave Solomon great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge too vast to be measured.

1 Kings 3:9-14

9 Give me an understanding mind so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great nation of yours?”

10 The Lord was pleased with Solomon’s reply and was glad that he had asked for wisdom.

11 So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people and have not asked for a long life or riches for yourself or the death of your enemies

12 I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding mind such as no one else has ever had or ever will have!

13 And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and honor! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life!

14 And if you follow me and obey my commands as your father, David, did, I will give you a long life.”

James 1:5-8

5 If you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking.

6 But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

7 People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

8 They can’t make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do.

Matthew 11:25

25 Then Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding the truth from those who think themselves so wise and clever, and for revealing it to the childlike.

Our subject this morning is: To Understand The Bible You Need The Inspiration of The Holy Spirit.

Understanding the Bible requires us to be in a place where the Spirit of God can teach us.

And by being in the right place we are talking about having that new heart that I talked about last Sunday.

It is through the Word and the Spirit that a right relationship between God and man can be established.

The Bible is a Spiritual book and is to be spiritually discerned.

In order to understand the Bible you must posses the Spirit of God.

The Holy Spirit is a gift, which God gives to those that obey Him.

When you are born again, you are ’God’s child and a vessel fit for the Spirit of God.

There is no other way to understand the Bible.

Study alone is not enough; knowledge alone is not enough; inspiration is needed.

The Holy Spirit is the teacher and the inspiration that opens the words and brings them to life for us.

As Job says the inspiration of the Almighty giveth us understanding.

Great men are not always wise.

Aged men do not always understand judgment.

You need the inspiration of the Almighty to understand.

2 Timothy 3:15-17

15 You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.

17 It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.

Since all scripture is given by inspiration of God, it stands to reason that understanding of that scripture will also come with the same inspiration of God.

Too many people in our time are trying to understand the Word of God without becoming converted.

It does not work that way.

That would be like trying to learn how to drive a car without getting into the car or like trying to learn how to swim without getting into the water.

You have to be in a place in your life, where God knows you and not just you knowing about God.

You may be able to learn a lot about it without getting into it, but you will never understand it until you get into it.

The only way to get into the Word of God is to believe it and to obey it.

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