Reading The Word Of God
You can either read the Bible as a story book or read the Bible and learn from it. The Bible contains the Word of God and it is a living word. It is alive but not in a freaky, weird way but in a way to let us know that God exists and He continues to use His Word to direct us in all that we do.
So how do we know when the Word of God is speaking to us or how can we also read the Bible so that the Word of God speaks to us. Well, before you pick up your Bible to read, be sure to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to come and teach you are reading. You see, the Bible contains nice stories and so you may be tempted to read it as a story book or a book of history but there is more to it. It is the one book that contains text that has survived for centuries.
Now, when Jesus was departing from earth, He told us that He will send us the Helper, the Holy Spirit, who will teach us all things and remind us of His teachings. It is written at John 14:26 that:
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
It is only the person who authored a document that can explain the document to you best. The same principle applies to the Bible and the Word of God. The author of the Word of God is the best person to explain what is written to you. You may say, “well the authors of the Word of God are dead and gone and so any explanation will not be the author’s explanation.”
That, however, is wrong. The Word of God did not come from man although it may have taken a human being to write it down. The word of God was inspired by God himself and that is why He is the only person that can explain it and not man. And it is the Spirit of God who explains the word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states:
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
When the Holy Spirit teaches us the Word of God, He does so to achieve four things: (1) to give us the teachings and belief of God, (2) to rebuke us for things we have not done right, (3) to correct us for our mistakes, and (4) to help us live righteously.
Through the teaching of the Holy Spirit of God’s word, we become complete and thoroughly (which means comprehensively, detailedly) equipped to do God’s work. In other words, we can only become complete to do God’s work after the Holy Spirit has taught us what the Scriptures contain but not when we have learned it on our own.
We should not seek to interpret the Scriptures or any prophecies of it by our own interpretation. 2 Peter 1:20-21 states:
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
When we ask the Holy Spirit to teach us the Word of God, He reveals to us the deep things of God that man cannot reveal. 1 Corinthians 2:10-13 states:
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
Next time we take the Bible, let us ask the Holy Spirit to come and teach us what the Scripture we want to read means. His job as a Helper is to teach us and therefore let us ask Him to come and do His job. That is the only way we can be sure that we are complete to do God’s work.
Written by Kow Essuman, Esq. ACIArb
The author is a barrister; qualified to practise law in England and Wales, New York and Ghana; an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in England; a Global Shaper (Accra Hub) of the World Economic Forum and a firm believer in the gospel of Jesus Christ.