Can We Trust the Commentaries?

How to Study the Bible

Can we trust the commentaries? The answer rests in how well you trust your own understanding of the scriptures. We must never accept the teachings of any man merely because we like him or the “oratory sounds reasonable.” Some commentators never obeyed the gospel of Christ. We would never permit such a person to occupy our pulpits or teach in our classes: yet many quote their words of commentary with as much frequency and authority as the gospel itself! Other commentators have published very fine materials after years of study and painstakingly proven research. Still, these are merely men with no more reading and thinking ability than you have! “Search the scriptures,” says Jesus (John 5:39). Let that be our primary study book! (Colossians 1:18)


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Bible Study – Like Getting Water from a Well

How to Study the Bible

The individual’s obligation is to learn of Christ (Matthew 11:28-30). There is no limitation as to how much scripture you may learn. In fact, the danger is in not learning enough of God’s Word (Matthew 4:4). Our study of God’s Word must be a daily task (2 Corinthians 4:16). You can never exhaust the Word of God.

As a child, I often studied the Bible with my grandmother Davis. When we finished, she would let me go to her well and draw a fresh bucket of water. She would tell me, “Bible study is a lot like getting water from my well. Every time you let the bucket down you get water; but it is a bucket of water you never had before.” She was right!


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How to Study the Bible (cover)We would like to announce our newest title – How to Study the Bible by Michael J. Davis – is now available.

Studying the Bible is the most rewarding effort any soul will ever perform. Yet we must choose to take the time and effort necessary to engage in profitable study. This material has been written to encourage each one of us to be a diligent student of the Bible so that we might gain the most from it.

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Daily Notes & Observations: “Uneducated and Untrained Men” (Excerpt)

November 17

“Uneducated and Untrained Men”

Daily Notes & ObservationsAfter being arrested, Peter and John found themselves before the Jewish Council. This group included the priests, rulers, elders, and scribes (Acts 4:5-6). Among this group was Annas the high priest and Caiaphas, two who were instrumental in bringing about the death of Jesus; and Gamaliel, a well-respected teacher of the Law (Acts 5:34).

For many, this would have been an intimidating audience to have to address. Yet Peter and John boldly defended the cause of Christ. The members of the Council were surprised at their boldness.

Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply” (Acts 4:13-14).

However, Peter and John were not “uneducated and untrained” as the Council members supposed. They had been taught by the Master Teacher. They had been trained by the Son of God. But they did not have a “formal” education and training under a mere human teacher.

Many people, like the members of this Council, place a great deal of importance on “formal” education and training — particularly for those who desire to proclaim the gospel. Yet the only education and training that one really needs to be able to preach the gospel is to be “with Jesus.” Obviously, we cannot converse with Jesus directly today as Peter and John were able to do; but we can devote ourselves to the study of His word and be trained that way (2 Timothy 2:15). If we learn the Scriptures, we can teach them with full confidence (Titus 2:15).

It might be possible that a formal education will help one in preparing for the work of preaching the gospel. But there is no substitute for an intimate knowledge of the word of God. Those in the world (and even some in the church) may view some of us as “uneducated and untrained”; but we can still confidently speak the truth, just as Peter and John did before the Council.


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