How to ENJOY the Bible
The Word of God as a Whole
I. The One Great Object of the Word
- The LIVING Word, making known the Father
- The WRITTEN Word, revealing the Son
- The LIVING and the WRITTEN Word
II. The One Great Subject of the Word
- CHRIST in the Word as a whole. The KING and the KINGDOM in Promise, in Proclamation, Rejection, Abeyance, and Manifestation
- CHRIST in the SEPARATE BOOKS of the Word
III. The One Great Requirement of the Word"Rightly Dividing" It
- As to its LITERARY FORM
- The TWO TESTAMENTS
- The SEPARATE BOOKS
- The Division of the Hebrew Text
- The DIVISIONS of the GREEK TEXT
- The Divisions of the VERSIONS, AND THE ENGLISH BIBLE
- As to its SUBJECT MATTER
- The JEW, the GENTILES, and the CHURCH of God
- The GENTILES
- The EPISTLES to the DISPERSION
- As to its TIMES and DISPENSATIONS
- The Word "DISPENSATION"
- The SEVEN Dispensations
- Their SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS
- The "TIMES OF THE GENTILES"
- The PARENTHESIS of the PRESENT DISPENSATION
- As to its DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH and TEACHING
- One part of the PAST not necessarily to be read into another part of the PAST
- The PAST not to be read into the PRESENT
- The PRESENT not to be read into the PAST
- The FUTURE not to be read into the PRESENT
- One part of the FUTURE not necessarily to be read into another part of the FUTURE
- The Truth and Teaching of the CANONICAL ORDER to be distinguished from the CHRONOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL ORDER
I. The Meaning of Words to be Gathered from the Scope; not the Scope from the Words
- 2 Peter 1:20, "Private interpretation"
- 1 Peter 3:20, "Spirits in prison"
- Hebrews 9:16, 17, "Testament" or "Covenant"
- Genesis 24:63, "Meditate"
- Revelation 1:10, "The Lord's day"
II. The Scope of a Passage to be Gathered from its Structure
- The PRINCIPLES governing the Structure of Scripture
- EXAMPLES of each principle
- The ADVANTAGES and importance of the Structures
- ILLUSTRATIONS of these advantages
- 2 Peter 1:16-21, "Private interpretation"
- 1 Peter 3:18-22, "spirits in prison"
- Hebrews 9:15-23, "Testament" and "Covenant"
- 2 Corinthians 5:1-5, "absent from the body"
III. The Biblical Usage of Words Essential to their Correct Interpretation
- Where ENGLISH WORDS have gone OUT OF USE altogether
- All to brake
- Away with
- Come at
- Do to-wit
- For to do
- Full well
- Go to
- Where the usage of ENGLISH WORDS has become CHANGED
- To take in
- By and By
- To ear
- Where the USAGE OF GREEK WORDS had become changed
- By God:
- By man:
- Where DIFFERENT but CONCURRENT USAGES OF GREEK WORDS should be observed in the English
- Elements and Rudiments
- Where a UNIFORM USAGE OF GREEK WORDS should not be departed from in the English
- Sheol and Hades
- "At hand"
IV. The Context Always Essential to the Interpretation of Words
- The IMPORTANCE of the CONTEXT shown
- Illustrations of ERROR arising from a DISREGARD of the Context
- Isaiah 52:8, "They shall see eye to eye"
- Habakkuk 2:2, "That he may run that readeth"
- Psalm 2:8, "Ask of Me"
- Matthew 22:32, "The God of the living"
- Matthew 23:3, "That observe and do"
- John 6:37, "Him that cometh"
- Acts 16:31, "Believe...and thou shalt be saved"
- Romans 8:28, "All things work together for good"
- 1 Corinthians 3:17, "Him shall God destroy"
- 2 Corinthians 5:8, "Absent from the body"
- Philippians 1:21, "To die is gain"
- Philippians 2:12, "Work out your own salvation"
- Illustrations of TRUTH AND TEACHING resulting from a DUE REGARD to the Context
- The NEARER CONTEXT
- The REMOTER CONTEXT
V. The First Occurrence of Words, Expressions, and Utterances Often Essential to their Interpretation
- "Prophet" (Gen 20:7)
- "Hallelujah" (Psa 104:35)
- "Selah" (Psa 3:2,3)
- "Jerusalem" (Judg 1:7,8)
- The Spiritual significance of Numbers
- The Divine Names and Titles
- "The Son of Man" (Psa 8)
- "The Man of God" (Deut 33:1)
- "The Day of the Lord" (Isa 2:11,17)
- The first utterance of the Old Serpent (Gen 3:1)
- The first ministerial utterance of the Lord (Matt 4:4)
- The first utterance of the Lord as Son of Man (Luke 2:49)
- The first Questions in the Old and New Testaments (Gen 3:9; Matt 2:2)
- The first interpretation of prophecy in the New Testament (Isa 7:14; Matt 1:22,23)
VI. The Place Where a Passage Occurs is Often Essential to its Full Interpretation
- "All Scripture given by inspiration" (2 Tim 3:16)
- "Come unto Me" (Matt 11:28)
- "Anathema, Maranatha" (1 Cor 16:22)
VII. No One Passage to be Interpreted in a Sense Repugnant to Others that are Clear
- The rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)
- "Destroy not thy weak brother with thy meat" (Rom 14:15; and 1 Cor 8:11)
VIII. The Importance of Accuracy in the Study of the Words of Scripture
- In THE REMOVAL OF ERRORS
- Ammonite or Moabite (Deut 23:3; and Matt 1:5)
- Zedekiah and Babylon (Jer 32:4, 34:3; Eze 12:13; and 2 Kings 25:6,7)
- Omer and Homer (Exo 16:36; and Eze 45:11)
- The going of Balaam (Num 22:22)
- God's Command concerning Sacrifices (Jer 7:22,23; and Lev 1:3)
- Hearing and not hearing the Voice (Acts 9:7 and 22:9)
- Standing, and Falling to the earth (Acts 9:7 and 26:14)
- Spoken and written (Matt 2:23)
- "Jeremiah the prophet" (Matt 27:9)
- The sending of the Centurion (Luke 7:3,6; Matt 8:5)
- The inscriptions on the Cross
- The offering of drink on the Cross
- The "others" crucified with Christ
- The burying of Jacob and his sons (Acts 7:15-17)
- In the REVELATION OF TRUTH
- Words and Expressions:
- The OPPOSITE of what is said
- MARKS OF TIME
- MARKS OF REASONING
- NAMES OF PERSONS AND PLACES
- SYNONYMOUS GREEK words
- SYNONYMOUS HEBREW words
- The GENITIVE CASE
IX. Figures of Speech
X. Interpretation and Application
- The account of Creation (Gen 1)
- The Rejection of Messiah (Isa 53)
- The mourning of Israel (Rev 1:7)
- The Potter's house (Jer 18)
- The Ten Virgins (Matt 25)
XI. The Limits of Inspiration
XII. The Place of Various Readings
- The Hebrew MSS of the Old Testament
- The Greek MSS of the New Testament
- The Ancient Versions
- The Printed Greek Text of the NT
Index of Subjects
Index of Texts Explained
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