The bible is the Christian textbook, and like teachers are employed to explain textbooks for students in school, so does the bible require explanation, but the question goes how do we explain the bible?
Therefore, this sermon is going to look precisely into the proper way to explain the bible.
Bible verse about how to explain the bible.
The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.Psalm 119:130.
To get a better understanding of the above scriptural text, let us review it in it’s Good News translation.
The explanation of your teachings gives light and brings wisdom to the ignorant.Psalm 119:130
From the above text therefore, we can come to the understanding that bible requires an explanation. Which means we should not totally accept it in it’s literal form but rather seek for the meaning behind or sorrounding the text.
How to explain the bible.
To explain the bible, one must understand the following points:
- Authors of the bible were inspired by God – 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
- Stories in the bible are to serve as examples for mankind – 1 Corinthians 10:11.
- Teachings in the bible must bring the hearer patience and encouragement – Romans 15:4.
- You cannot explain the bible if you are carnal – 2 Peter 1:20-21.
- The preachers (priests) were originally the ones to explain the bible – Malachy 2:7.
- Unfortunately they failed to be honest in their duties – Malachy 2:8-9.
- So God sends the Holy Spirit to teach mankind – 1 John 2:26-27.
As we said in our introductory section, the bible can be likened to text books and literal materials used in schools.
And as we all know, after this text books or literal materials are written by their authors and made available to students; tutors will be employed in order to teach i.e. explain the textbooks for the students to understand.
In other words, without a teacher, it will be hard for the students to understand their subjects; and be able to pass the tests and exams, that will promote them to the next class until they finally graduate.
That also is the same way after the bible was written by those whom God inspired; preachers are then called by God to explain the bible for people to understand.
This is why the psalmists sung in an earlier passage of our opening text:
Explain your law to me, and I will obey it; I will keep it with all my heart.Psalm 119:34
As we can confirm above, it is the proper explanation of the bible that will help the one who listens to it obey it; or put it into practice.
Explanation of how to explain the bible.
1. Authors of the bible were inspired by God.
Those who wrote the books of the bible are not really their authors, because they were inspired by God.
And the reason God inspired them was for giving mankind instructions on how to live on earth, as well as rebuke errors, correct faults and give instructions for right living.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:16-17.
2. Stories in the bible are to serve as examples for mankind.
All that transpired between God and humans, and were written down in the scriptures; are meant to serve as an example for God’s people from generation to generation.
Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.1 Corinthians 10:11.
3. Teachings in the bible must bring the hearer patience and encouragement.
The teachings from the scriptures will give the hearer or believer patience and encouragement.
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.Romans 15:4.
4. You cannot explain the bible if you are carnal.
The scriptures cannot be explained carnally, but only through the Spirit of God.
Remember, the authors of the biblical books were inspired by God, hence they did not write from their own human idea or wisdom.
And for that reason, it is the God who will help people to interpret the bible.
knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.2 Peter 1:20-21.
5. The preachers (priests) were the ones to explain the bible.
Same as teachers are employed to explain textbooks and literal texts in schools, the priests (pastors, evangelists etc) are set aside by God to explain the word of God.
“For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge, And people should seek the law from his mouth; For he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.Malachy 2:7
6. Unfortunately they failed to be honest in their duties.
Problem arose because the above priests, pastors, evangelists etc have failed in their duty of explaining the word of God to people and in so doing received a curse.
But you have departed from the way; You have caused many to stumble at the law. You have corrupted the covenant of Levi,” Says the Lord of hosts. “Therefore I also have made you contemptible and base Before all the people, Because you have not kept My ways But have shown partiality in the law.”Malachy 2:8-9.
7. God sends the Holy Spirit to teach mankind.
And for that reason, God has sent the Holy Spirit directly to teach those who will pay attention to his words and turn from their sinful ways.
These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.1 John 2:26-27
From the understanding we finally gather from the above scripture, believers do not need to depend on the so-called men of God in order to explain the bible.
Rather they should seek for the Holy Spirit Who will directly teach them according to the promise:
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.John 14:26
And the only way to receive the Spirit of God is by listening to him and turning from and forsaking our sinful ways.
Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.Proverbs:1:23.
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.Acts 2:38.
As you now understand how to explain the bible, May God help you to receive His Spirit Who will take you deeper into the teaching and understanding of His word in Jesus Name I pray. Amen.