letting Scripture interpret Scripture

God has revealed His will for mankind through the Bible and it’s up to us to read, understand and apply it to our lives. Challenge yourself to look into all of God’s word for the answers to your Bible questions while letting Scripture interpret Scripture.

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bible study: a problem statement

Helped along by the massive Christian book publishing space that’s now over a half-billion dollar industry, people don’t read just their Bible. Instead, they are increasingly turning to men and women who have shared their views about Bible topics and doctrine. Individuals and organizations with their own filter on the Bible are all clamoring to be “heard” and those that are searching for truth seem increasingly obliged to listen.

So why not study just the Bible? It should be a fair question. It is, after all, God’s revealed word for mankind. It’s free. It’s available. It’s translated into every language. It’s also understandable and relatable…or is it? This is often where the argument for “other material” comes in. The Bible can be hard to understand. In certain parts, it can even be a challenge to read. But consider this —

  • the God of the Universe has promised that if we seek Him we will find Him (Luke 11:9 )
  • Jesus confirmed that God’s “word is truth” ( John 17:17 )
  • Paul testifies that God “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” ( 1 Timothy 2:3-4 )

God wants all to be saved! He’s given us His word and promised that if we seek Him (study it) we will find Him (understand it). Based on these Scriptural facts, shouldn’t we have faith enough that God will open our hearts and minds to understand His will for us?

our bible study rules

Most ‘Bible question/answer’ sites supply their answer with large amounts of commentary and a few selected passages sprinkled throughout. Our approach is the opposite.

  • Scripture interprets Scripture. With the support of the Bible Study Framework, we want to allow – as best as we are able – God’s thoughts to shape our conclusion and only then provide the commentary. We believe that’s the exact expectation we see of Jesus in His question to the rich, young lawyer in Luke 10.
  • The “any, only, all” rule. We want to use any Scripture, only Scripture and all Scripture while avoiding man’s ever-growing obstacles to Scripture interpreting Scripture.

  • Never Scripture weighting. While one passage may be a logical place to start on a topic, we never want to “filter” one passage with another. It’s what Satan did when tempting Jesus in the desert in Matthew 4.

We should have full confidence in Scripture interpreting Scripture since all Scripture is divine and perfect (from God)1,6. Its entirety forms a complete picture2,8,9,10,12,13. The very idea that God is the sole author1,6 forces the conclusion that Scripture cannot contradict itself5 and must also interpret itself since God cannot lie. Of course, we still must draw conclusions and/or teach/explain as needed7,9,14. Jesus required the lawyer to form a conclusion after reading it10 (and only it). Scripture is the sole source for morality and obedience…it was this way for those under the Law3,4,7,8,10 (“Scripture” for that time) as well as for those (like Timothy1 and us) under the Gospel9,11,13,14.

A Bible answer built on ‘Scripture-blocks’ (footnoted); click to go to the question.

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“what is truth?”

We hope that you will learn what Scripture has to say about the topics we’ve covered, not because it’s our conclusion but because it’s what God has chosen to reveal to us through His word.

If we’ve missed something, please comment. Let it be known so that all might come to know what Pilate asked Jesus before turning Him over to be crucified, “What is truth?”

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bible only study

We believe the Bible is sufficient for all truth and knowledge in God. We further trust that God will fulfill His promise to provide answers through His word for those who diligently seek Him.

our mission

  • Gather any, only, all that God says about a Bible question. We use the English Standard Version throughout.
  • Build an answer based on Scripture. We do this using ‘Scripture-blocks’ and the Bible Study Framework as a template to guide our understanding and application of God’s word.
  • Allow public comment! We want to give anyone the opportunity to contribute what they have understood through their own Bible study. We invite you to do this at the bottom of any posted question! You can also submit your own questions or comments privately.