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Introduction To My Bible Commentary

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If you learn nothing else from the Bible, one should learn this:  The Bible is instructions (true meaning of the word “Torah”) on Who God is (Love) and What He is Like (Character) and who you are to be (like God; God-like).  In other words, The Holy Bible is about (for you to learn) the Character of God and the character that man should become.

 

I WOULD LIKE TO CONSIDER MYSELF TO BE A BIBLE COMMENTATOR.  However, more likely I am an “Exegete,” which by definition is, “One who practices critical interpretation, especially of a written text.”  I would also be better understood as a researcher of Biblical knowledge more than an “expert” upon any one given subject in the entire Bible.  Although I Am Excellent With Exposing Most If Not All Biblical Doctrines.

 

Note: Articles Received Via E-Mail Will Have All The Proper Editing; Such As References & Authors Highlighted.  This Web-Site does not hold all the original highlighting.

 

 

RULES FOR THIS BIBLE COMMENTATOR

(And These Rules Could Be Used By You For Your Own Bible Studies)

 

 

1) Time, Place, and Circumstances.

 

2) Always Remember That A False Concept Of God Leads To False Doctrine.

 

3) Opposites Are Nearly Always True (in context).  However, many exceptions exist, such as John 16:27:  “For the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved Me.”  This does not oppositely mean that God does not Love you if you do not love Him (see Jer. 31:3; Eph. 2:4-5; 1Jo. 4:19).  Another one is Titus 3:4 (read verses 3-6 to catch the concept):  “But after that the kindness and Love of God our Saviour toward man appeared.”  This does not mean that it did not exist before, for “God is Love,” First John 4:8 & 16; and has ALWAYS existed.  Lastly, from the Commandment, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” Leviticus 19:18 (see also Lev. 19:34; Mat. 19:19; 22:39; Mark 12:31; Rom. 13:9; Gal. 5:14; Jam. 2:8), It should not then be inferred something the Lord never said or planned:  “you shall hate your enemy.”  This our Lord clearly teaches against (see Exo. 23:4-5; Pro. 20:22; Mat. 5:43-44; Rom. 12:17 & 19).

 

4) Context Is More Important Than The Individual Meaning Of A Particular Word.

 

5) Cross-Reverence; One Verse Does Not Make A Doctrine.

 

6) If A Verse Is Explained By The Same Author (Same Book), Then That Definition Overrides All Other Definitions (Context; Other Books May Be Needed).

 

7) God Is Love [And Will Everlastingly Love You].  But This Love Is Always In Context With What Is Good For The Entire Universe As Opposed To What Is Good For The Individual [God Is A Just God].

 

8) To The Jewish Concept of Scripture, Prophecy Is A Pattern, Or Type [Old Testament reasoning].  Whereas, To The Greek (and Western) Mind, Prophecy Is A Prediction & Fulfillment [New Testament reasoning].

 

9) If The Text Makes Perfect Sense As It Reads, And Does Not Violate The Laws Of Nature, Nor Contradict Any Other Text, Then It Should Be Understood As It Reads.  If The Test Does Not Make Sense Alone, Then It Must Be Understood As Prophetic, Or Spiritually Discerned, Or Cross-Referenced.  In other words, If the text is plainly understood as is, don’t make it harder to understand.  Example, “God is Love.”  Don’t cancel that Love in any way.

 

10) All Scripture must first be understood in Its Literal sense before attempting to establish any sort of Spiritual sense to it.

 

11) Remember that the Bible is “Descriptive.”  What does that mean?  It means that It, more times than not, “describes” what took place, and later or beforehand, what should have taken place.  Our “job” is to find out what God wants.

 

12) Always interpret the unclear texts in light of the clear (verses).  See Second Peter 3:15-16 as an example.

 

13) All punctuation in the Bible (“KJV;” or any Bible) are “interpretations,” of the translators and are not necessarily the literal translation of the text.  I facilitate a lot in most of those areas to help make them more understandable.

 

 

RULES FOR READING THESE [my] COMMENTARIES:

 

 

IMPORTANT:  The “purpose” of this Commentary is to focus upon difficult Bible texts, miss-understood Bible texts, and Bible texts that are used to promote false doctrines (see my “Bible Studies” when I give references to them -- Please).  Another “purpose” is to examine areas that we now have more insight into than the Bible once seemed to previously offer.  Thus, I do not cover everything; since the plain Word may be plan enough.  I pray this work will enlighten even the beginner into God’s enlightening Power with the help of that Power -- the Holy Spirit.

 

My material is “copyrighted.”  In other words, “Copy It Right” and pass it on.

 

These Brackets [ ] are the original authors brackets used and not me.  Thus, the original looked like [ ].  Unless, of course, I am the one writing the commentary.  Otherwise, these Brackets { } are the ones used by me ONLY when the original author is using these Brackets [ ] to express a point.

 

You may find me capitalizing words like, “Church,” “Law,” “Commandment,” and “Heaven.”  My meaning is that I believe when it is referring to the True Church, God’s Law, God’s Commandment, and the Heaven where God dwells (as opposed to were the birds fly), it needs to be capitalized in order to distinguish between to two.  This is as opposed to not capitalizing “church,” when I believe it to be a false “church,” other or “man-made laws” and “commandments.”  I will also capitalize the word, “Word” or “Words” if the “Words” are God’s.  In other words, I capitalize what God deems important -- like His “Commandments,” or what I deem import, such as “Book,” when speaking of a “Book” in the Bible, or “Love” when referring to God’s “Love” or “God is Love.”

 

Words in Bold are for your easier reading and locating and High-Lighting a point.  You will only see my BOLD words if you request an E-Mail of the Bible Study; because this Web-Site does no keep the original highlighting. So sorry.

 

Names in Bold {Only Shows Up In E-Mails I Send To You; This Sight Does Not Keep Bold Expressions} are for the original author to have credit for the statement and not me.

 

References are italicized and italicized and underlined, when referring to another authors works {Remembering That These Highlights Do Not Show Up On This Sight; Only In My E-Mails To You}.

 

For definition of words, I define them by choosing where they FIRST APPEAR in the Bible (“KJV”).

 

I use lots of “quotes” as to not give you the impression that I originated the remark; only that I agree with it (I do not take credit where credit is not due).  Plus, it gives the remark more credibility than myself alone.  Otherwise, the research is mine (double and triple-check me; Acts 17:11).

 

If you want to know the TRUTH, no one is going to tell you the TRUTH.  They are only going to tell you their version of the TRUTH.  Only you can discover the TRUTH through your own investigation.  That is where the TRUE power lies.  Double Check What I Am Teaching You.  My fear is I may be wrong; although I would do it in total understanding that I did my best.  See Acts 17:11 again.

 

THIS is one of those things that Satan FEARS the most.  Your own, HONEST investigation and searching for Godly TRUTH.

 

Your willingness to look for yourself, to verify the TRUTH you’ve discovered for yourself, however you’ve discovered it, is the power of God inside of you.  And as long as you keep searching for the TRUTH, YOU ARE DANGEROUS to Satan.  You are the TRUTH.

 

We cannot sacrifice TRUTH because some people are going to suffer because of the TRUTH.

 

Something that the Bible Student should understand is the true understanding of the Biblical word “hope” and its true concept.  Whenever it occurs in God’s Word, it should be defined as such: “Hope is a reality that has not occurred yet.”

 

I would like to point out that my preferred Bible that I use in this commentary is the “King James Version.”  Why? Because the “KJV” has been around the longest of all English Bibles and has been the most corrected (broken down with all of Its errors) of the English Bibles available today.  And just so you know, the “King James Version” is just that; a “Version,” not a “Translation.”  A “Translation” is a “Word-For-Word” breakdown of the text.  Whereas a “Version” has to be broken down into a “syntax,” which is a grammatical breakdown of the composition and arrangement of the text, and then it is put into context.  Thus, the Bible student should use all the (CORRECT) information available to them.

 

Lastly, did you know that the word “Bible” means “Library?”  Thus, the “Holy Bible” is the “Library” that contains “God’s Words.”

 

 

FROM MY FAVORITE BIBLE COMMENTATOR

 

 

“The Bible was forbidden to be read on pain of death, and all the copies of the Holy Book which could be found were burned.  But I saw that God had a special care for His Word.  He protected It.  At different periods there were but a very few copies of the Bible in existence, yet God would not suffer His Word to be lost.  And in the last days, copies of the Bible were to be so multiplied that every family could possess it.”  1SG:109.

 

“[116] Then I saw that God knew that Satan would try every art to destroy man; therefore [117] He had caused His Word to be written out, and had made His designs to man so plain that the weakest need not err.  Then, after He had given His Word to man, He had carefully preserved It, so that Satan and his angels, through any agent or representative, could not destroy It.  While other books might be destroyed, this Holy Book was to be immortal.  And down near the close of time, when the delusions of Satan should increase, the copies of this Book were to be so multiplied, that all who desired It might have a copy of God’s revealed Will to man, and, if they would, might arm themselves against the deceptions and lying wonders of Satan.

 

“I saw that God had especially guarded the Bible, yet learned men, when the copies were few, had changed the words in some instances, thinking that they were making It more plain, when they were mystifying that which was plain, in causing It to lean to their established views, governed by tradition.  But I saw that the Word of God, as a whole, is a perfect chain, one portion of Scripture explaining another.  True seekers for truth need not err; for not only is the Word of God plain and simple in declaring the way to life, but the Holy Spirit is given to guide in understanding the way of life revealed in His Word.”  1SG:116-117.

 

“The language of the Bible should be explained according to its obvious meaning, unless a symbol or figure is employed.  Christ has given the promise: ‘If any man will do His Will, he shall know of the doctrine.’ {John 7:17}.  If men would but take the Bible as It reads, if there were no false teachers to mislead and confuse their minds, a work would be accomplished that would make angels glad and that would bring into the fold of Christ thousands upon thousands who are now wandering in error.”  4SP:416; GC:598.

 

“Never should the Bible be studied without prayer.  The Holy Spirit alone can cause us to feel the importance of those things easy to be understood, or prevent us from wresting truths difficult of comprehension.”  4SP:418.1.

 

“All will be judged according to the light that has been given.  The Lord sends forth His ambassadors with a message of salvation, and those who hear He will hold responsible for the way in which they treat the words of His servants.  Those who are sincerely seeking for truth will make a careful investigation, in the light of God’s Word, of the doctrines presented to them.”  AA:232.

 

“Never should the Bible be studied without prayer.  Before opening its pages, we should ask for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, and it will be given.”  CE:59.1; AG:199.5; SC:91.1; Atlantic Union Gleaner, June 9, 1909, par. 8; YRP:115.5; ST, October 3, 1906 paragraph 8.

 

“[125] The central theme of the Bible, the theme about which every other in the whole Book clusters, is the redemption plan, the restoration in the human soul of the image of God.  From the first intimation of hope in the sentence pronounced in Eden to that last glorious promise of the Revelation, ‘They shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads’ (Revelation 22:4), the burden of every Book and every Passage of the Bible is the unfolding of this wondrous theme, -- man’s uplifting, -- the power of [126]

 

“God, ‘which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.’  1 Corinthians 15:57.

 

“He who grasps this thought has before him an infinite field for study.  He has the key that will unlock to him the whole treasure house of God’s Word.”  ED:125-126; LHU:56, 126; ST, April 18, 1906 par. 1.

 

“The student of the Bible should be taught to approach It in the spirit of a learner.  We are to search Its pages, not for proof to sustain our opinions, but in order to know what God says.  A true knowledge of the Bible can be gained only through the aid of that Spirit by Whom the Word was given.  And in order to gain this knowledge we must live by it.  All that God’s Word Commands, we are to obey.”  Ed:189.

 

“Here are writings running through different dispensations, and in order to understand their meaning we must become Bible students, and search prayerfully and critically for light upon the revealed Word.  There are inexhaustible streams of light to reward the research of the greatest minds.  The Bible is an expression of God to man, in language simple and easy to be understood. . . The question with all should be, ‘What is truth?’ ”  RH, May 26, 1876.

 

“The religion of the Bible is that development of our moral natures in which the soul holds converse with God, loves that which God Loves, and hates that which God hates.”  RH, October 31, 1878.

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