As I stated in a previous blog, I am reading Christian Beliefs: 20 Basics every Christian Should know by Wayne and Elliot Grudem. Here of are some of main points of Chapter 1 titled “What is the Bible.” In reading this chapter I came across some Scripture references we may all be familiar with, but gained some good insight still. The Bible can be broken down into 4 categories: authority, clarity, necessity, and sufficiency.
The Clarity of Scripture
The Bible was written by ordinary men, in ordinary language so that others could understand it. I personally believe that there is no hidden code in the Bible or that it contains complex processes to unlock truths.
- Psalm 19:7 says, “The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul ; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.”
- Psalm 119:130 says, “The unfolding of Your words gives light ; It gives understanding to the simple.”
God’s Word was made so that simple people that lack sound judgment can understand it. There are some reasons why someone may not fully understand Scripture, and it may be due to their spiritual condition or a hardened heart. Ultimately, the things of God are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14 says, But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” or examined.
The more I read, and meditate on Scripture the clearer it becomes. If something does not make sense to you I recommend that you pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth behind God’s Word to you. You may also want to discuss Scripture with someone that is knowledgeable about God’s Word. In the end, it’s not a matter of whether you agree with what is being said in the Bible or not. It’s a matter of what does it, that is, the Scripture mean? What is the truth behind it?
I choose to believe the Bible in faith, and trust even when I may not understand fully.