Understanding the Scripture

Many times, we read the Scripture without grasping the understanding the true message. After many years of pastoring a little church and studying the Bible, I have come to realize that God will give us understanding if we will seek for the Spiritual meaning.

I believe the Holy Scriptures were written by men who were inspired by God through the Holy Spirit to write. In order for us to have understanding, the Scripture must be spiritually discerned.

Reading the Scripture from a carnal point of view is totally different than reading and looking for Jesus with a Spiritual view in mind. All the prophets of the old Bible prophesied of the coming of Christ, but if we read with a carnal point of view we may not pick up on the fact that these prophets were prophesying of the coming of Jesus the only begotten Son of God.

Let's look at the book of Acts and understand that Luke, a companion of Paul, was probably the author. In the 24th chapter of Luke, Jesus appears to His disciples, after His resurrection, and opened their understanding and gave them instruction to tarry in Jerusalem where they would be endued with power from on high. Now let’s look at the book of Acts, chapter one verse four: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. In verse eight He revealed to them what would shortly take place as follows: But ye shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

In Acts Chapter 2, we find that it came to pass just as Jesus had told them. The following passage of Scripture tells of the coming of the Holy Ghost, and as they were gathered together they were all with one accord in one place and suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a mighty rushing wind and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Now it is important to note that the Spirit is what gave them the words to say. Now the next few verses give the names of the different places that had different languages but they all heard in the language wherein they were born. I'd like to emphasize that we shouldn't get caught up in trying to look at all the names, but rather look at the purpose why they were hearing in their own language. Here is a spiritual point of view: because of Christ, salvation has come for everyone that will believe in Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, and salvation is not just for one group of people only. This is why they were all hearing in the language wherein they were born. The book of John chapter 3 v.16 says, For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. Put emphases on the word whosever, this brings in all nations.

They were hearing and understanding other tongues although they were not fluent in other languages. They spoke as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2 v.11 says, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. Take a close look at what they were speaking “the wonderful works of God.” If we look at St John chapter 6 v. 29, it says “this is the work of God that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” Therefore, I am convinced they were speaking of Jesus, because we know that God sent Jesus, His only Begotten Son, who made Himself the Supreme Sacrifice and brought salvation to us by the resurrection of Christ from the dead. It is important to remember that salvation is for whosoever will believe upon Him.

As we read further in the Scripture, Peter became the spokesperson when the news of this event spread abroad. Some doubters thought they were drunk. But Peter set them straight as he referred to the old Scripture, the prophet Joel had prophesied of this event. (I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh:) You can go to Acts chapter 2 verse 14 through the rest of the chapter for the rest of Peter's message.

Chapter 3 of the book of Acts brings us to another fact of how God works His marvelous power.
In this passage of Scripture, we read about a notable miracle of a lame man being healed. And when we look at this miracle we see how the people tried to give honor to Peter and John but they refused to take credit to themselves. However, by this lame man being healed, it gave them the credentials to preach unto them Jesus. As they declared to them how this lame man was healed, they said for if ye must know how this man is made whole, it is by the power of Jesus the Christ the only begotten Son of God, the one you had crucified and now He is risen.

As Peter preaches Jesus to them, he refers to the Old Testament, for Moses truly said unto the fathers, A Prophet shall the Lord raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul which will not hear that Prophet shall be destroyed from among the people. Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken have likewise foretold of these days. And of course, that Prophet that Moses referred to is Jesus, the only begotten Son of God. In every passage of Scripture, God has a purpose. We just need to seek for understanding. The best advice I have to offer is this: that while you are studying the Scriptures, always look for Jesus because when you find Jesus, you have found the answer, for He is the only name given that brings Salvation and Salvation is for whosoever that will believe on Him as their Saviour.

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