While the Bible was written to an ancient audience—the Bible is Also for Us Today.
The Bible was written to be understood. It was written in common languages of the times (Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic).
The Bible was written to be used in our daily lives.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for ever good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Bible was also written to help make us wise for salvation.
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those whom you have learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:14-15
Simple questions to ask ourselves when we study the Bible...
- Who wrote the passage or verse?
- To whom was it written?
- What did it mean to those to whom it was written?
- What can I apply to my life today?
Search the scriptures with others...
Also I am a firm believer in studying the Bible with others. So many times we think Bible study is something that we do alone, but one of the best ways I found to really get a balanced grasp on what the scriptures are revealing to me is when I study them with others.
"Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so." Acts 17:11
We can trust what is written in the Bible as true and useful for our lives today!