STUDENT OF GOD'S WORD?
|First of all, understand a student of God's word, isn't anyone special. Father doesn't think that way. Father isn't a respecter of persons (1Peter 1:17). He judges everyone the same. That being said, know that in that great day of rewards, everyone receives everything they have coming to them. Judgment means rewards, rewards for the good works also, rewards for the wrongs we do, but no-one is special (Colossians 3:25). What differentiates a Student of God's Word isn't because they're better or anything of the sort, because they're not. It seems that students of the word have this drive to study from the manuscripts, be it, the Hebrew manuscripts or Greek manuscripts, whichever is closest to the original source, students of the word will not just take a mans word as truth, without first checking it out for themselves. Man is fallible, so if a man says something comes from God, a student will only put their trust in "YHVH" and will look it up for themselves; they just have to know the truth. It's a drive, a drive deep within their spirit. There are many tools students utilize in their studies; three are basic to most all students. First is a King James Version Bible, most use "Bullinger's, Companion Bible". The Companion Bible is a King James Version Reference Bible, which has a reference column that runs alongside the text. Dr. Bullinger, being one of the best scholars of our time utilized the Massorah (See Appendix 30) in this work. Using the Massorah in this translation and putting the companion column alongside the text of Holy Writ is just what a student of God's word is looking for. This; KJV Bible is outlined and very helpful to English speaking students understand the subject and object of the Greek, Hebrew, and Chaldee languages. For the novice or any student who is not familiar with the languages of the original text (or manuscripts), you may want to read the article; "Languages of The Bible", for some helpful information. In these modern times there are so many bibles to choose from, some very fine translations and some not so fine, some very poor translations to study from. If you're interested in how the English translation came about, you can read the article; "The History of The English Bible." The second basic tool students of God's word use most often is the Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. The Strong's Concordance is married to the King James Version Bible, that is to say, every word in the KJV Bible is listed in the Strong's Exhaustive Concordance (it's also the best Concordance, in my opinion). The Strong's enables the English reader to easily locate any verse in the KJV Bible, as well as every definition of every Hebrew, Chaldee, or Greek word in the KJV Bible. For beginners who aren't familiar with the Strong's Concordance, this study is for you. "Familiarizing yourself with a Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible." The third basic tool is a Bible Dictionary. The Dictionary most students use is a Smith's Bible Dictionary. The Smith's is a great Dictionary, especially for students who want to know who, is who? That is to say, in the Old Testament, different people had the same name, for example, "Jeremiah"; you have the book of Jeremiah, there are also, eight other people with the same name, Jeremiah. The Smith's Bible Dictionary defines which is which, and who is who, etc. Besides the definitions of the different peoples and times they lived, it has the geography, plants, manners, and customs of the lands they lived in. It has information on the prophets, kings, and doctrines, with some nice illustrations. The Smith's Bible Dictionary by: William Smith is the Bible Dictionary most recommended by students of God's word. All students of God's word have a hunger to study Holy Writ, learning line-by-line, chapter-by-chapter, book-by-book, rightly dividing God's Word. Some have a little hunger, some a deep hunger, everyone having different appetites. But all students understand there is an existing Satan, who is called the serpent (Genesis 3:1, Revelation 12:9). Who has power with devils and men (Matthew 12:22, 1Peter 5:8), who has a people who will not hear God (John 8:44-47), some of whom deceive people as "ministers of righteousness" (2Corinthians 11:13-15). Students believe that Jesus Christ has broken the power of Satan (Hebrews 2:14) and His Name makes devils impotent against Christians (Luke 10:17). Students believe that the Lord Jesus Christ along with His followers are at battle with Satan and his followers (Ephesians 6:11-19). Moreover, that Jesus Christ is the victor in this "battle" (Isaiah 28:21-22, 45:17-25, Ezekiel 38-39, Hosea 13-14, Joel 3:9-21, Micah 7:16-20, Zechariah 14:9, Malachi 4, Matthew 28:18, Luke 19:27, 1Corinthians 15:24-28, Philippians 2:9-11, 2Peter 3:7-13, Revelation 11:18, 15:4, 19:11-15 and others). Students believe that the resurrection of the dead as prophesied (Job 19:25-27, Hosea 13:13-14, John 5:29), as proven (1Peter 1:3), as taught by Scripture (Acts 24:14-15, 1Corinthians 15:11-26) and that the resurrected will reign with Christ (2Timothy 2:11-12) forever (Revelation 22:1-5). Students believe the seventh trump sounds after the tribulation (Matthew 24:29-31), and that the tribulation is the apostasy and the man of lawlessness will sit in the temple (2Thessalonians 2:3-4). students believe they are to stand against the man of lawlessness that will look like the Lamb of God, but his voice is of the dragon, for he is the great dragon, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan (Revelation 12:9). Students believe it is the duty of the elect to stand and witness in the congregation, allowing the Holy Spirit to give His Message to the world through them that are delivered up unto councils (Mark 13:9-11). This is the hope of every student of God's word, to be delivered up allowing the Holy Spirit to speak through them. Students also believe, they are to teach about the blasphemy and lies of those of the congregation of Satan (Revelation 2:9, 3:9), who do not hear the Word of God (John 8:47). You can read more of what students believe, in our Statement of Belief. Every student of God's word knows that Satan arrives first. Satan comes at the sixth trump; Christ doesn't come until the seventh trump. This understanding is KEY to every student of God's word. Satan's spirit will pull you from the truth, that is, if you let him. It is said; that we should look for Satan's sphere of influence today, not in the Police Courts, but in the Pulpits; not in the Newspapers, but in Sermons; not on the stage, but in our Universities; not in our streets, but in the Professors' Chairs at our Theological Colleges. Time was when Infidels carried on a platform campaign of lectures against the Word of God. In our day this has practically ceased. There is no further need for it; the work is more effectually done in the Pulpits by Theological Infidels, who have "turned away their ears from the truth and are turned unto myths" (2Timothy 4:3-4). Treating the Word of God as "unhistorical" and its records as "fables," they teach the myths of men instead of obeying the command to "PREACH THE WORD." If you don't find it in the Word of God, don't believe it, it's not Truth. There are many students of God's word around the world and many at different levels of understanding and appetites; some are beginners, others scholars. But every student of God's word started in the same place: "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction", Proverbs 1:7. The following may be helpful in your understanding. . .|
|TRADITION IS OF MAN|
"We must empty ourselves of all Tradition.
We must question all that we have thus received;
and be prepared to unlearn what we have previously been taught by man
if it does not recognize this great requirement of the Word of truth.
If we think we know, it will be impossible for us to learn. If a vessel be full it is impossible for its contents to be increased. We must make room for this blessed Increase by continually replacing what we have learnt from man with what we learn from the Lord.
And even if what we have learned from man does agree with the Word, then we must be prepared to learn it over again, direct from the Word, so that the Truth may hold us, instead of our holding the Truth".
How to Enjoy the Bible
II Peter 3:14-18
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
|It's just understood that whenever a student of God's word has the opportunity to plant a seed. . .|
'resist the truth,'
do not trust in your own wisdom,
but in the Scriptures of truth.
If they will not believe God,
they will not believe you.
If God's Word will not conquer them,
be sure yours will not.
Remember how the Lord Jesus engaged in His conflict by
using this Sword of the Spirit:
'It is written.'
The reason why so many fail in silencing those who 'resist the truth' is because they depend on the logic of their argument, or the neatness of their retorts, or the smartness of their replies, or the cleverness of their answers, instead of on the power of the Word of God.
The fact of this passage occurring in the Word of God speaks to us and says: 'Open the book.' Close your own mouth, and quote and use the Words of God, the Sword of the Spirit, in meeting resistance to His Truth."
|Students of God's word know; "What does the LORD require?" That His people reflect His character in themselves. This character is described in the Old Testament by several Hebrew words that were key terms of faith in the Old Testament. The corresponding English words should become key terms for our understanding.|
|Key Terms In The Old Testament|
A fundamental rightness of action in any situation. It flows from the conviction that because God is One and good, there is always a right thing to do, and He will always do it. His followers must do this as well. Justice (mishpat)
The basic connotation is order. God will bring an order into the world based upon dignity, equity, and compassion. It is the human sinful worship of power, place, and possessions that prevents this order. Truth (´emeth)
Stability, dependability, and reliability. Since there is but one God who is Himself thoroughly reliable, we may believe that His universe is reliable also. But truth is primarily a way of acting. God is dependable, and He expects us to be like Him. Faithfulness (´emuwnah)
This is drawn from the same root idea as Truth. Lovingkindness (checed)
The Hebrew word is so rich that it is translated by at least five different English terms depending on the context ("lovingkindness," "grace," "mercy," "love," "steadfast love"). The basic idea seems to be the undeserved passionate loyalty of a superior to an inferior. This reflects the fundamental character of God without which there would be no Bible, no Christ, and no hope for sinful humanity. The knowledge of God (da´ath ´elohiym)
This concept is not so much knowledge about God as a personal acquaintance with Him. Such knowledge is demonstrated by living in ways compatible with His character. Failure to do so is proof that one does not know God. Holiness (qodesh)
God's absolute "otherness" from creation, particularly in His moral perfection. The fear of the Lord (yare´ Y ehovah "YHVH")
The recognition that humans are responsible and accountable to God's moral standard. The Old Testament has no word for religion. This is because for the Old Testament people it was a way of life. But the phrases "the fear of God " or "the fear of the Lord " comes close to expressing what is meant by the term religion.
Even today for the Christian, the term Christianity, is not a religion, but is a way of life. A life-style which always takes into account that there is an "all-wise," "all-powerful," "all-righteous" God who holds people accountable for their behavior. To live in loving fellowship with God is possible only for those who "fear" Him... Better said, for those who "Revere" Him.
|As there are many different Bibles, so there are many different denominations. Students of God's word are not dedicated to one specific denomination, but all are Christian! Those not being true students, may think that division is a bad thing. Some so-called Christians believe their denomination are the only ones going to heaven and that everyone, other than themselves, are going to hell. Not only do they not understand division is a good thing, they don't even understand what hell is. What does the Word say? In the gospel of Luke, chapter 12; "Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:" verse 51. Read the last two verses of the Old Testament. From these verses we are to understand; there are "two" fathers; the children will turn "their hearts" to "their father". In the book of Revelation, the only two churches Jesus found no fault with, (the church in Smyrna and Philadelphia) were teaching this. Division! That's what it's about, dividing. The sheep from the goats in Matthew 25:32, He separates the sheep to His right hand, but the goats to His left, verse 33. That's why one wants to stay to the right, don't go left. Jesus said; "Cast the net on the right side of the ship. . ." John 21:6. There is no profit in life from the left, but on the right side you will profit much in life, division! In Luke 3:17, we are taught, the wheat is separated from the chaff, the wheat to His garner, but the chaff will burn with an unquenchable fire. An unquenchable fire is an all consuming fire, a student of God's word understands this; "For our God is a consuming fire", Hebrews 12:29. A lot of information about the differences in the denominations is available today; it's interesting to know what separates one from another. For information about the different denominations and the peoples in them, you can read the study: What's in a Name? Looking for the meaning of life, in the Word of God, there is so much truth one can learn. It's one reason why students of God's word study chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse, book-by-book, students don't want to miss a single truth. The more you study the more you learn, it's like, as it were, the Word is pregnant. Every time you study it, you learn more. Let me offer this to you; It's like our Heavenly Father is taking us (His children), from one eternity, into another eternity. And the only way His Children (the children He created in that first eternity or age) can enter into the next eternity, is to first, enter into the flesh. The flesh and blood of this earth age (or Eon), live, die and resurrect (through judgment), into that next eternity (that is to say, the next age or Eon). But it's about division, it's about the way His children lived their lives, while in the flesh. Then through His judgment, move into the eternity with Him, or be blotted out of existence forever and ever. A student of God's word understood what was just said, if you didn't, it may be time to pick up your Bible and open it up. Read what your Father wrote to you. . . but know this, you are a child of the living God, He loves you so much, that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. He wants you to be with Him in that eternity, forever and ever. You don't have to be as the chaff, but instead, be as the wheat being gathered unto Him, is the answer to the question: What is a student of God's Word, knowing that once you are a student you are always a student.|
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