KEYS to the DOOR
KEYS to Studying the Bible
Let me Share a KEY to Studying the bible, capital “S” in my word “Studying” intentional=In-Spired Study. The Word of God is Living and Life-Giving, but requires you and I as serious Students of the Word, Workmen as 2 Timothy 2: 15 puts it, to meet His Requirements to open our understanding.
Most all of the written Bible language that is attributed to Jesus Christ is translated from the Greek. There are other translations from the Aramaic language.
The Word of God is also referred to as a Sword (see Hebrews 4:12,13) to separate between our flesh and spirit, God’s word is referred to as water, as wine, as milk, meat, strong meat, and other word “pictures” to help us comprehend and completely grasp it so that we might be able to actually apply it to our lives.
THE FIRST KEY: Until we have personally been to the Cross, everything in Scripture POINTS us to the Cross to crucify the flesh with its affections and lusts:
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts, Galatians 5:24 KJV
I recently read the simple statement that we cannot be Christians without Christ. And it is His Word and Will that we are studying in order to conform to His Word and be Transformed by it: For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren, (Romans 8:29 KJV).
Why the Cross? To lose our life, selfish life, Strong’s #5590 in order to find the Life, Spiritual life, Strong’s #2222 that Christ came to give and to give us more abundantly. (Strong’s #5590=psuche=Natural Man; #2222=Zoe, the Life that Christ came to Give, see John 10:10).
Until this Process of the actual personal application of the Cross of Jesus Christ, Spiritually-speaking, and by the Holy Spirit to our lives and affairs there is no new Holy Revelation because this is the Very Highest Revelation at this stage of our Maturity: to Bring us to the foot of the Cross, our Cross.
Matthew 16:24-26 LITV
(24) Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and let him bear his cross, and let him follow Me.
(25) For whoever may desire to save his life will lose it. But whoever may lose his life for My sake will find it.
(26) For what will a man be benefited if he should gain the whole world, but forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give as an exchange for his soul?
This process in Itself is a Mystery. There is no Higher Revelation than take up our Cross, deny our self-ishness, and (then) you can follow Christ into Re-Generation from Above, John 3:3. All the EXOTERIC understandings are the Lesser Mysteries, and keep us in the Outer Court, where we belong at this stage of our growth and development. The letter of the bible as it is called, the exoteric, the written words recorded in our bibles have the task of “killing” the flesh, 2 Cor 3:6 and: It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life, (John 6:63 KJV). NOTE: Here is the word “life” again, Strong;’s # 2222. This is very important word for us to distinguish for it is another Key to our rightly understanding the Message of Christ to us.
Listen to this definition of the concept of exoteric: Exoteric refers to knowledge that is outside, and independent from, a person’s experience and can be ascertained by anyone (related to common sense). The word is derived from the comparative form of Greek ἔξω eksô, “from, out of, outside”. (Outer Court-mdw)
The written word is exoteric and Serves a Great Purpose for us, but it is only a Door to the Spiritual Truths that Jesus Christ came to convey to us. Yes, absolutely we should learn the letter and it’s practical common sense messages and applications, but, it meets us where you and I are.
Let me illustrate; have you ever heard it said that you can prove anything from the bible? Usually the one saying that is either trying to justify some abhorrent behavior or trying to convince themselves that the bible doesn’t really matter. Again, I refer you back to the condition of our soul, our carnal unregenerate self, called sometimes our natural man: But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned, (1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV).
The reason folk say that they can prove almost any point from the bible, notice this:
You have been good to me because I do right; you have rewarded me for being innocent by your standards. (25) You are always loyal to your loyal people, and you are faithful to the faithful. (26) With all who are sincere, you are sincere, but you treat the unfaithful as their deeds deserve. (27) You rescue the humble, but you put down all who are proud. (28) You, the LORD God, keep my lamp burning and turn darkness to light, Psalms 18:24-28 Contemporary English Version
Just a bit more Light on these verses and Their Message from Young’s Literal Translation:
And Jehovah doth return to me, According to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands, Over-against his eyes. (25) With the kind Thou showest Thyself kind, With a perfect man showest Thyself perfect. (26) With the pure Thou showest Thyself pure, And with the perverse showest Thyself a wrestler, (27) For Thou a poor people savest, And the eyes of the high HE causest to fall. (28) For Thou–Thou lightest my lamp, Jehovah my God enlighteneth my darkness, Psalms 18:24-28 Young’s Literal Translation.
Can you SEE what is being said? Our approach to God through His written words or His Holy Spirit Speaking directly to us, sees our heart and responds according to our motive and intentions. Intent is 99% of the law in the legal world and 100% in God’s world: your heart. See 1 Samuel 16:7
On the other side of the Cross are the Higher Mysteries and Revelation but only after the First Door mentioned above: Your Cross. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber, John 10:1 KJV.
1 Corinthians 1:18 YLT for the word of the cross to those indeed perishing is foolishness, and to us–those being saved–it is the power of God,
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat…Matthew 7:13 KJV
Please take at least as much time to ponder and look this over as I did in preparing it for you; what do you say?
You may already know all this; then it is just a Healthy reminder. I personally always Study for Transformation and not to accumulate information. I Sincerely think that is another Great Key:
Therefore, brothers, I call on you through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, in order to prove by you what is the good and pleasing and perfect will of God, Romans 12:1-2 LITERAL VERSION.
The Cross, our Cross, prepares us for the proper approach to the Holy Scriptures. The Cross is Eternal and the Application of It to our lives by the Holy Spirit is fundamental and elementary to us “going on with the Lord”.
Understanding what it means to personally bear and apply “our cross” daily is ABSOLUTELY the very first step and Divine Order. There is much to learn about the “seemingly simple” teaching of the cross and how the Holy Spirit uses it to help us Realize our crucifixion and resurrection so we can bear fruit for God:
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts, (Galatians 5:24 KJV).
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me, (Galatians 2:20 KJV).
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|Though Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born, but not within thyself, thy soul will be forlorn: The cross of Golgotha thou lookest to in vain, Unless within thyself it be set up again.” Scheffler|