Bible Interpretation and Commentaries
Be careful how much stock you put in so-called proof of Bible interpretation and commentaries. The Bible itself is true, as written by holy men of God as God moved on their hearts to write. The Bible is a measuring rod; compare all other sources to the infallible Word of God. Down through the ages men have not only sought to understand the message of God’s Word, but also to interpret it. Interpretation is vital to understanding and applying the Word of God to our lives, but be cautious not to stray so far from the text that we make it say something it is not.
There is a veritable river of literature stemming from the Bible, including various Bible interpretation and commentaries. Reading or studying articles, books, or sermons prepared by others is a wonderful way to expand your knowledge and see things from a different angle, which in turn gives you new perspectives on God’s Word. There is nothing wrong with this practice. Bible study enriches our lives as we bring God’s Word into all areas of our lives, but Bible studies written or taught by others should never take the place of reading the Bible itself.
Another avenue that can lead to problems is taking parts of the Bible, be it an individual verse or many verses, out of context. Isolating a single verse can cause it to take on a meaning that is not true to what the text is actually saying. Therefore, individual verses should always be studied within the context of the passage to ensure that what we are hearing or thinking is true to the Author’s intention.
Every believer should have his or her own Bible. The Bible can stand alone, but Bible interpretation and commentaries often cannot, and they must be examined in context to be sure that what is being put forth is actually What God intended. There are a great many wonderful works stemming from the Bible that can enrich and enhance our Bible experience, but every believer should read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation at least once, although I recommend more. Read a couple of different versions to bring out nuances that might go unnoticed. And every believer should be constantly reading God’s Word, if not every day, then most days. We must feed our spirits just as we feed our bodies. We cannot expect to eat one day a week and survive the rest of the week. The same is true of the Word. Our spirit man might scrape by being fed one day a week, but if we expect him to thrive, we must feed him every day.
Feed your spirit a steady diet of the Bible along with Bible interpretation and commentaries so that your spirit man can be well rounded and full of the good things God prepared for us in His Holy Word. Are you looking for other Bible Insights or possibly Bible Quotes about Bible Interpretation and Commentaries? Sign up for our free bible quotes email now.