How to study read and understand the Bible

By Eren Mckay  
Filed under Relationship With God

Keys to interpreting the Bible the right way through study

Bible Scrolls One little lie can ruin a whole lot. If somehow lies have slipped into our belief system we are bound to have major trouble up ahead.

Many false doctrines and even cults have begun because people were not careful to examine the true meaning of things.
This is why it is essential to follow certain guidelines when we interpret God’s word.

Word Study: Find other places in the Bible in which the word is used.

When we’re studying a certain scripture that teaches us a truth we must determine what the main words are in that verse. With those main words we can do a word study and find the many other places in which the word is used in the Bible.

A concordance that searches by the original word will be of great help to find out all of the contexts in which that word appears in Scripture. The other verses we find will validate or not our interpretation of the verse we started out with.

Many times one word has different meanings. If we do a word search we will have a thorough understanding of what the word truly means. We need to be 100% certain that the meaning used in the context of the Bible verse is the correct one. Performing a word study makes it much easier to eliminate false doctrine. But still, word study alone is not enough to be certain of an interpretation.

How can we be sure that what we have interpreted is the truth?
In psalm 119:160 we see that the sum of the word is truth. Notice that it says the SUM of thy word. That means the totality of it.
Sometimes we may read a verse and interpret it but then up ahead we find another verse that directly contradicts our “doctrine” or idea that we have believed.

Search for Verses that Contradict our Belief
When determining doctrine, we must actively pursue scriptures that seem to contradict the belief or doctrine that we have. If we find verses that have a meaning that counters our belief system we need to stop and study those verses also.

It is much better to have knowledge of these verses and address the issues that they may raise. Do not ignore specific verses simply because they don’t fit into what you believe. When we are searching out these verses we are demonstrating our openness to find out the truth.

Sometimes the verses may seem to be contradicting a doctrine when we read them superficially. But when we go deep and analyze the context and the word meanings we find that they actually do not contradict the original belief.

If after truly studying the verses we find that they do in fact contradict what we believed to be true, then we need put our doctrine in check. The Word of God can not lie so the error can only be found in our original interpretation.

Do not add or take away words to change the meaning of the verses
God’s word is very clear when exhorting us not to do this (Revelation 22:18-20)

Some people do this so that the verses can fit into their previous interpretation. This is one thing that cults love to do: add and take away words when their interpretation does not fit. They purposefully add a preposition here a noun there thinking that it’s okay because it’s “just a small word” while knowing that they are trying to manipulate the meaning.

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11 Comments on "How to study read and understand the Bible"

  1. prince praise  

    I realy want to understand and remember the word of god after study in other to improve my christain life like praying effective prayer with the word

  2. prince praise  

    I want to understand the word of god more to activate my prayer life

  3. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Prince Praise,
    Separate time each day just to be in quiet time with the Lord. Read His Word and ask Him what He wants to teach you that day.
    I don’t have a set of rules for my quiet time with God. Some people like to follow a chronological reading of the Word of God. I personally like to see what it is that I am going through at that moment that the Lord wants to teach me about. What is He trying to tell me.
    I love that song… Open the eyes of my heart…. by Michael W. Smith. It just sums up exactly the spirit that I want to be in when spending time with Him.
    That way I can be open to hear His voice and apply His Word to the exact area that I most need improving at the time.
    Hope that helps you!
    Blessings in Christ,
    Eren Mckay

  4. Darrell Baudoin  

    Thanks Eren for this wonderful post. It has blessed me more than you will ever know!

    “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

    Indeed, you are an approved worker.

    In Christ (not in crises),

    Darrell Baudoin

  5. Eren Mckay  

    Thanks Darrell,
    I believe that it was through writing this post that the Lord enabled us to meet. That in itself is a huge blessing to my life as you are wonderful brother in Christ.
    May the Lord always bless you and your family,


    please i want to know God more and be more faithful to him. in this light i want to be able to read and understand clearly His word so that i could easily livve by it

  7. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Patrick,
    This is wonderful that you want to develop a relationship with your Creator. That is indeed the number one reason why we were created.. to have a relationship with Him. We are also called to develop deep relationships with other people: our family, our friends, and even people that are not yet our friends – we can touch and be a light to people when we are aligned to God.

    Here’s an article that will help you understand more about our relationship to God:

    The posts in this category will also help you.

    There are many posts. you can just click on the title and it will take you to a new one. I hope they help you grow closer to God.

    Blessings always,

  8. james hankins  

    this really blessed me.I thank God for your obedience and yeilding yourself to the holy spirit allowing the Lord to speak through you.I been saved for a little over two years and im now really understanding the importance of being lead by the spirit,there are people God wants to reach through us, and provision God has for us but it can only be accomplished and obtained by the leading of the Holy Ghost. Continue to yield yourself to the Holy Spirit God is gonna anoint you more to do great things! God bless you

  9. emmanuel omolehin  

    the bible said that they which are led by the spirit of God are the sons ( romance 8:14) the thing is that i was led by the spirit before after sometime i feel empty and i started doing things that are evil in the sight of god. I no longer read my bible. Whenever i pick of my to read is like wasting my time because or all my desire to God is down really i do not kn6w to do.

  10. Eren Mckay  

    @James ~ Yes… remember that the letter kills but the Spirit brings life. It’s when we rest in Him that we can truly be led to do the right thing on this Earth. God bless!

    @Emmanuel ~ We all go through this internal struggle. The important thing to do is to try to get close to the Lord. Talk to Him honestly and just tell Him of your struggle with sin. We all go through that same struggle. You are not the only Christian that feels that way. Just don’t allow your feelings to lead you away from the Lord. Try to get even closer to Him.
    This post might help you:
    Blessings always,

  11. grace  

    im a christian and i love to serve God.but i c myself falling and rising. i realy want to serve GOD. but how do i comit myself to it

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