In 2 Timothy chapter 2 verse 15 the Bible says “do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”

This verse encourages to study every part of the Bible. This is the application of the Clarity of Scripture, which can be a challenge at times. The Bible itself recognizes that there are some things written in it which can be hard to understand.

2 Peter 3:15-16 warns us about this: “And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.”

So let’s consider why the Bible can be hard to understand at times. The simple reality is that the Bible was written in a foreign culture, with foreign social customs, by people living in a different time and place.

Things so were different then that all of the people we can read about in the Bible lived at a time and place when writing things down on paper by hand was considered to be “hi-tech.” (I mention this just for fun, and…yes, saying that was a lot of fun…if any of you are wondering).

In order to compensate for potential misunderstandings, God has provided teachers in His Church to help deal with potential misunderstandings (see Ephesians 4:11-16). Right now I am doing the work of a teacher to lay down a blue print for anyone interested in discipleship, but I will soon be shifting to the rest of the tasks mentioned in the Ephesians 4 passage.

My main concern right now is to be sure you understand there are teachers who can help us with the application of the clarity of Scripture. Concerning the Clarity of Scripture Wayne Grudem wrote that: “the clarity of Scripture means that the Bible is written in such a way that its teachings are able to be understood by all who will read it seeking God’s help and being willing to follow it.”

When we begin to examine the Bible, I will be explaining a lot of things that I do not have time to go into now because I want you to learn the discipline involved in the discipleship process.

(to be continued…)