A few days ago you read a phrase “Context is King.” A verse of Scripture cannot mean something different out of context and be interpreted accurately! As mentioned earlier, there are three basic kinds of context: Grammatical, Situational, and Historical. For the next week, you will engage in the process and practice of interpreting Scripture. Remember, you are in relationship with an INVISIBLE God who doesn’t speak audibly! Studying Scripture is one of His best means of communicating with you. SO let’s jump in! Grab your Bible or go to your online Bible.
Here’s the practice verse: John 5:44 “How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?”
What does it say (grammatically)?
For grammatical and situational context, who is speaking?
Who is being spoken to?
Historically, why would this group of hearers in the context of the verse be caught up with “accept[ing] glory from one another”?
Are there any key concepts that come before this verse that help you understand what it says?
What does the concept of “belief” have to do with “accepting glory” from someone?
How does Jesus use the word “believe” in other parts of the Book of John?
NOW write in a few sentences, what you think the verse means?
Consider what happened to the returning refugees to Jerusalem after they had the opportunity to hear and consider the Word of God. “They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read”
Congratulations!!! You’ve just engaged in personal Bible study! You’re getting off milk and onto solid food!!!
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.