For the past several weeks we have noticed the importance of context. The contexts of any literature helps us see the big picture, to understand the structure or see the literary style. Looking at the context makes us ask what covenant we are studying. We must also never forget to look at the Bible as the context for any Bible text.
God has given all scripture (2 Timothy 3:16-17) to man. He is the ultimate author. As author, God has continued themes throughout His word such as love, providence and judgement to name but a few. When we study we should not be surprised at the multitude of connected and interconnected verses that build a beautiful picture. We should also be aware that no one verse can interpret the Bible. We must use all of what God has given us to understand His will for our lives.
We may hear of alleged contradictions but be sure, God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians14:33). As we continue our study we will have more questions and we must look to the Bible to give those answers. Allen Webster (the author of many of our tracts in the foyer) said of the word of God, “Let’s understand as much as we can, believe all we understand, teach all we believe, and follow all we teach.”