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How to Read Your Bible (3 of 3)
Dr. Ron Dunn
I Peter 1:23-2:3
We're talking about interpreting the Bible for yourself. And we've already looked at the six basic principles of interpretation. And today I want us to simply look at the study of the Bible...reading the Bible and what the Bible means to us and how we ought to read it.
In 1 Peter 1, beginning with verse 23 through chapter 2:3...
''For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is through the living and abiding Word of God. For all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall off, but the Word of the Lord abides forever. And this is the Word which was preached to you. Therefore, putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babes long for the pure milk of the Word that by it you may grow in respect to salvation if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.''
To me, the greatest evidence that the Bible is the inspired Word of God is the fact that it simply does what it professes to do...the effect it has when it is preached, when it is read, when it is heard. The Word of God promises and gives to us the way of salvation and when the Word of God is preached and shared people are saved. And when you preach the Word of God, people are brought under conviction and they are converted and their lives are changed. That doesn't happen when you read Shakespeare. It happens when you read the Word of God.
So, one of the greatest evidences as far as I'm concerned...the greatest evidence...of the inspiration of the Word of God is that it simply does what it professes to do. It converts the soul. It changes lives. And here, Peter is saying it does that because...he pictures the Word of God as a seed...and he says, ''You and I have been born again not of a corruptible seed, but of an incorruptible seed, which is the Word of God. When the Word of God is planted in the ...
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