Understanding the scriptures

love-699480_640Luke 24:45: Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, (ESV).

The mind needs help. The minds of the disciples of Jesus was limited in their capacity to grasp the scripture, unable to link what was written to what they were seeing, what was happening (Luke 24:13-35).

To understand the Scriptures, we need God‘s help. The psalmist prayed: open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law (Psalm 119:18).

Paul said that in the reading of scripture under the old testament, there is a veil over the people’s minds (2Corinthians 3:12-18), but when we turn to the Lord, then the veil is removed.

What that means is that it all depends on where you stand. If you stand in the old covenant, your perception is covered (you see a form), but if in Christ, then the light really shines on your heart and you see clearly.

Jesus said that certain people err not knowing the scriptures nor the power of God (Matthew 22:29). That means not embracing the power of God, will cause you to err in the scriptures, and if you to not embrace the scriptures, you may shut out the power of God from operation. Where you stand with one determines what happens to you in the other, like two sides of a coin

Understanding the scriptures goes beyond cramming the words, it is engaging with the Spirit of the word (John 6:63, 2Timothy 3:16), submitting to its influence, not being hearers alone but doers (James 1:21-22), not just learning but living the truth (2Timothy 3:7).

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