How To Study the Bible (and enjoy it!) #3

The Holy Spirit Is Our Teacher

Keys to study the BibleKEY No. 3 – Remember Who Your Personal Tutor Is

We have a Teacher greater than all other teachers that have ever graced the earth! His name is the Holy Spirit. He wrote a Book, greater than any other book that has ever been written. It is called the Bible.

His Book is not like any other book in existence. To study the Bible is different from studying a maths or science textbook. We are not just looking to fill our heads with more information. When we study this Book we are changed by its truths, transformed by it precepts, enlightened, strengthened, delivered, emboldened, encouraged and set free by its teachings.

Paul the Apostle pulls no punches when he says in 2 Corinthians 3:6 that “the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” We need the Holy Spirit to leads us, enlighten our minds and make the words on the page become living truths in our heart.

As you approach the Bible, always ask Him to help you understand what is written there.

A TEACHER WHO LEADS

The Holy Ghost is not like an ancient professor with a stern face, dryly delivering reams of useless facts.

Turn now in your Bibles to the book of John, Chapter 16, and look at verses 13-15. Jesus is speaking:

“However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. ”

The Holy Spirit is the Perfect TeacherThe Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Truth, will ‘guide’ us into the full revelation of the things of God. The goal of our Bible study should be greater intimacy with God. We want to KNOW HIM more, not just KNOW MORE ABOUT HIM. That is why He has given us a personal Tutor to guide us.

Romans 8:14 says that the “sons of God are led by the Spirit of God. ”

Nehemiah 9:20 reveals the same truth: “Thou givest also Thy Good Spirit to instruct them… ”

The Holy Ghost is given as our Instructor, our Teacher. As we become aware of His Presence during our study times, He will highlight passages of scripture, and guide us to the right places in the Bible.

I see it a bit like this: as we sit at our desk, He is there beside us, pointing out what He wants to teach us at that time. He speaks quietly to our hearts, saying such things as, “Look up such and such a scripture”, or, “Find out what that word means”, or “Remember that passage we looked at last week, here is the answer to the questions you were asking. ”

Study times become an experience of deepening relationship, not another “have-to-do-ought-to-do” chore. Ask Him questions as you read. If there is a passage that you find difficult, tell Him so. Rejoice together when something sparks in your spirit.

Tell Him if you are excited about a particular truth, and ask Him to reveal more to you (after all, He is called ‘The Spirit of wisdom and revelation” in Ephesians 1:17).

Invite the Wonderful Holy Spirit to come and teach you at the beginning of each session together with His Word. Truly, what better commentator could we possibly have, but the Author Himself!

The scripture says in 2 Peter 1:21: “Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

What better Commentator could we ask for than the very Author Himself? The Holy Spirit is there to help you understand what you read. Consciously make yourself aware of this reality when you come to study the Bible.

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  1. Grateful Al says

    David:

    I can only share that since my baptism in the Holy Spirit, the Bible has become the LIVING word of God for me.

    I can’t begin to count the number of times I have been given the exact, perfect scripture (or lesson) for a particularly troubling time or situation in my life. Not necessarily immediately, though that has also happened.

    This leads to something I believe has played a large part in the diminishing role of the church in our lives. My opinion only.

    Many (churches) fail to teach the power and authority of the LIVING Holy Spirit and His authority and ministry in the world today.

    On the cross, Jesus said, “It is finished.”

    Jesus told us, just before the scriptures you cited above:

    Joh 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
    Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
    Joh 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
    Joh 16:10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
    Joh 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
    Joh 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

    For us, personally, His ministry today includes those outlined so clearly in much of Romans 8. It is the Holy Spirit that brings us into the the realm of being “joint-heirs with Christ” (vs 17) or King’s Kids! Adopted, so we can cry “Abba, Father.” (vs 15). (I once heard Abba would be used more like “Daddy” – a more intimate relationship than Father.)

    If you will, I understand the “torch was passed.”

    Jesus sits today as our Intercessor (Rms 8:34), whom we can approach boldly in His throne room because of our faith in Him as the final, ultimate blood sacrifice.

    I really like your comparison to a tutor.

    Would not God want his children to have the best of educations and the finest educator?

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