Principles for Understanding Bible Image






Sixth Principle

Don Ruhl • Savage Street, Grants Pass, Oregon • September 30, AD 2018

Get the Whole Counsel of God

  1. Do you want someone to take only part of what you say, or do you want him to consider all that you say?
    1. Why would we treat God’s word differently?
    2. We must consider how a passage fits into the entire narrative of God’s story.
      1. Jos 8.34–35
      2. Psa 119.160
      3. Jer 26.2
      4. Acts 20.26–27
    3. Notice how Jesus reasoned in Matthew 4.1–11.
      1. See how Satan also quoted Scripture back to Jesus.
      2. What did Jesus say to Satan’s quotation of Scripture?
        1. Did Satan misuse or pervert the text he quoted?
        2. Did he seek to make an application that God never intended?
        3. Did Satan’s quotation contradict any other passages?
          1. This is not Scripture against Scripture.
          2. This is seeing Scripture with the light of other Scripture.
  2. Many generations of the best legal minds determined that testimony should be: “The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”
    1. Do you think this is a good way to operate with the Scriptures?
    2. What is wrong with only taking part of the truth?
  3. For example, consider how people use Matthew 7.1.
    1. They do not consider John 7.24.
    2. They do not consider the context, which will be the next principle.