Lots of Christians are finding it very difficult to understand and adhere to the word of God because of how the modern day preachers, or false teachers as the Bible predicted; are twisting the scripture.
Worst still, the scripture cannot be understood by mere studying or reading, because one needs to be guided by the Holy Spirit who inspired those that wrote the Bible.
In this sermon therefore, I am going to reveal to you how to explain the word of God. But before we do so, let us get to see what the word of God really is.
What is the word of God?
In this context, the word of God is simply the literal text of the Bible which has an hidden meaning.
And for one to understand that hidden meaning there needs to be an explanation.
Now let’s see why the word of God needs an explanation.
Why the word of God needs an explanation.
The Bible says in Psalm 119:30 that th explanation of God’s word gives light and brings wisdom to the ignorant.
And in verses 34 of the same Psalm 119, the Bible helps us to understand that it is through the proper explanation of God’s law (word), that the heater will be able to obey and keep it with their whole heart.
With this knowledge therefore, we can all come to the understanding that an ignorant person must have someone who will explain the word of God written in the Bible to him.
In the end that explanation will enable that person to understand why God said human beings must do this or not do that.
For instance the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:12-14 that Christians should not use their bodies for sexual immorality.
And reading down through verses 15 to 20 the Apostle Paul who wrote that scripture explains that if you join yourself to the opposite sex you become spiritually one with that person.
And Knowing that when the exchange of semens occur during sexual intercourse, there is a tendency of contacting or transferring of disease from a partner to the other.
Therefore, explaining that scripture in such light will help the hearer avoid sexual immorality for fear of contacting a deadly disease from the person he or she sleeps with.
Having seen that simple example, let us move on to see how we can explain the word of God.
How to explain the word of God.
To explain the word of God, human beings need to be inspired by the Holy Spirit who also inspired the biblical authors as the Bible confirms in 1 Peter 1:20-21: “above all else, however, remember that no one can explain by himself a prophecy in the scriptures. For no prophetic message ever came just from the will of man, but men were under the control of the Holy Spirit as they spoke the message that came from God”.
Going back to the Old Testament, precisely in the book of Joel 2:28, we understand that God had predicted exactly how his spirit will enable human beings to explain the word of God.
“Afterwards I will pour out my spirit on everyone; your sons and daughters will proclaim my message…
The bible further states clearly in 1 John 2:26-27 that because of the false teachers who are out everywhere to receive human beings by misinterpreting the Bible, that it is the spirit of God who is poured out on true Christians that will teach them the word of God.
It goes on to affirm that this spirit is going to teach them everything and that what he teaches is true. It therefore calls on the Christian to obey the spirits teaching and remain in Union with Christ.
Having seen that one needs the Holy Spirit in order to explain the word of God, let us now see how to receive the Holy Spirit.
How to receive the Holy Spirit.
On the Pentecost day in Jerusalem as the Bible records in Acts chapter 2, the disciples were gathered in the upper room praying and suddenly they heard a nosie from the sky which sounded like a strong wind was blowing and the noise filled the whole house they were sitting.
And immediately this happened, they all saw what looked like tongues of fire spreading out and touching each and everyone of them. And as the scripture reveals they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages as the Holy Spirit enabled them to speak.
On hearing the noise, a large crowd gathered and they were so excited because each one of them understood what the disciples were saying.
Upon asking what the whole thing meant, Peter rose up to make a speech where he revealed that the Holy Spirit that God promised through the Prophet Joel, as we saw earlier, has been sent to mankind.
After Peter’s speech, the people inquired from Peter what they must do to receive this promise of the Holy Spirit, and Peter replied thus:
“Each one of you must turn away from his sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven; and you will receive God’s gift, the Holy Spirit”.
As we can all see, repentance and baptism are the two keys or factors to receiving the Holy Spirit that will enable you to be able to explain the word of God.
Hoping we all know what baptism really means, let’s move on to see what is repentance because so many Christians are still living ignorantly in sin thinking they have repented.
What is repentance?
According to the dictionary, repentance means “to feel sorry, self-reproachful, or contrite for past conduct; to change one’s mind regarding past behavior.”
Wikipedia states that “repentance is a stage in Christian salvation where the believer turns away from sin. As a distinct stage in the ordo salutis its position is disputed, with some theological traditions arguing it occurs prior to faith and the Reformed theological tradition arguing it occurs after faith.
According to the Bible repentance is a change of heart and life regarding sin. It is a turning from our sinful ways and towards God.
What the dictionary, Wikipedia and the Bible tells us above simply means that repentance is forsaking or letting go of those things you did that went against the commandments of God.
For instance, if you are a drunkard or womaniser, you have to stop drinking and womanizing for repentance to have an effect on you.
In conclusion, anyone who wants to know how to explain the word of God must repent and be baptized in order to receive the Holy Spirit who will teach him how to do so.