Be a Berean
Dearly beloved of God, we know that one plus one equals two; water is two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen, and God wrote the information code in DNA in every living thing. Do you really think that the Creator of the heavens and the earth would be less precise with the revelation knowledge of His Word than He was with the mathematical and scientific laws He devised to govern life and the universe?
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” II Peter 1:20
It is not my word, or your word, or the word of this group or that; the prophecy of the scripture is God’s Word.
“Private” is the Greek word, “idios,” which means “one’s own”. The word “interpretation” is “epiluo,” which means to “let loose upon” as you would let a hunting dog loose upon game. We are not to let loose upon the Word of God with our own opinions and ideas.
If God did not leave it up to us to privately interpret His Word, either what He declares in the Scripture will interpret itself, or no interpretation will be possible. Either God will reveal the meaning of His Word to us, or it will remain hidden.
“The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 29:29
We cannot possibly know what God has hidden from us, but what He has chosen to reveal is ours to know and believe. When the Apostle Paul wrote to the saints at Ephesus, he said:
“How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)” Ephesians 3:3 and 4
Where did the Apostle Paul get the information about this mystery? God made it known to him by revelation, by the manifestation of word of knowledge. Where was this knowledge before God revealed it to the Apostle Paul?
“Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.” Ephesians 3: 8 and 9 NIV
This knowledge was previously “hidden in God.” No man has ever seen God (according to John 1:18,) much less known a mystery that was hidden in Him. It was impossible to know this mystery until God revealed it.
“And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,” Ephesians 1:9 NIV
Why did God reveal the mystery of His will that He purposed in Christ? It was His good pleasure to give us this spiritual wisdom and understanding.
If we remain ignorant after God has revealed His Word, we cannot blame Him for our ignorance. Since God does not want us ignorant of His Word, His Word will have to interpret itself.
God’s Word reveals what He intended to reveal to us in the verse by the words He chose to use, with the grammar He utilized, by the emphasis He placed by the use of figures of speech, by the Orientalisms He incorporated to express it so that we do not miss His intended meaning.
The verse must fit with the context in which it appears. If the verse and the context do not interpret the Will of God to us, we then must look for the interpretation in a previous passage.
The Word of God reveals the truth concerning spiritual matters, and it will speak for itself. God gave us His Word so that we can know His will.
Dearly beloved of God, no one knows any more about spiritual matters than God has chosen to reveal to us in His Word.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15
The NASB reads, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”
If we are to understand spiritual matters, we must study God’s Word and allow it to speak for itself.
When we rightly divide the Word of God, we will have the Word of truth without any private interpretation and we will not be ashamed of our workmanship before God.
Too often today people divide the Word of God any way they see fit. This causes division among God’s people when they should be like-minded on the revelation knowledge of God's Word. We cannot divide the Word of God any way we choose and have the truth that God revealed to make known His will.
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11
How did the Bereans receive God’s Word? They received it “with all readiness of mind”. They were humble, teachable, and willing to learn.
What was their authority for truth; what caused them to believe? They searched the scriptures to see if those things were so. How often did they search the scriptures? They searched them daily.
Dearly beloved, we should imitate these believers. They took everything they heard concerning spiritual matters back to God’s Word to see if it was so.