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"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NAS)

Can We Understand the Bible on our Own?

There are some who falsely say that a person cannot clearly understand the Bible on his or her own.  Many are persuaded to just read books of men...rather than the word of God.

But God is not the author of confusion.  What God wrote can be understood...but we must take the time and effort.  We must develop a love for the truth:

" revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. 4 By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ..." Ephesians 3:3-4 (NAS)

"...that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself..." Colossians 2:2 (NAS)

"...for God is not a God of confusion but of peace , as in all the churches of the saints."  1 Corinthians 14:33

The Bible Warns Those Who Do Not Have a Love for the Truth

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. Hosea 4:6

"...that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, 10 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. 11 For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, 12 in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness."  2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

Are you seeking to know and to love the study and understand what is written in the Bible?

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." John 8:31-32

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