For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.

Titus 1:10-11

The Bible, the most published, sold, given away, personally owned, outlawed, read, neglected, loved, hated, praised, despised, book ever to have existed. Esteemed as the very words of God, renounce as merely the work of men, cherished as truth, scorned as fable, it promises peace beyond understanding but with trials and tribulation to all who trust in and live its precepts. It warns of false prophets, false apostles, false teachers, of Satan and his ministers appearing as an angel of light and ministers of righteousness, all deceiving and misleading on what the Bible says and means.

It’s quite a book if it is what it says it is, all the contradictions and confusion over and about it are to be expected. In studying it many truths come to light, one such truth is: considering the life we now live in the flesh, what does one lose by embracing it—nothing; what does one gain by rejecting it—nothing.

Why condemn a book for admonishing to have charity for all, to recompense to no man evil for evil, provide things honest in the sight of all men, to love and care for your family and others as yourself. In short, unless you just want to do wrong, just want to be selfish, self-centered, self-righteous, greedy, lazy, corrupt, there is no reason to disparage and reject the Bible; nor the God of the Bible, who although warns that he shall judge us on all these things, failure is not an issue, as he provided a way for all to pass that judgment justified and guiltless.

Understandably, all men without his saving grace fail his judgment as the Bible presents the strictest, most demanding of religions in that it requires absolute sinless perfection to be saved. Unlike other religions that leave you hanging, unsure, as to whether you are good enough, the Bible tells us flat out—we are not. Standing securely and confidently on this solid ground of knowing we are not good enough, cannot save ourselves, “we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags,” we can look to the God of the Bible, the God of creation, the God of justice, judgment, and loving kindness, and we see that he has freely provided absolute sinless perfection for us; on one condition—that we believe him.

Numbers 14:11 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me,…

Acts 24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:

“Studies in Scripture” are all about believing and accepting what God said, letting the Bible speak for itself. It is taken without reservation that God wrote and preserved to this day his word. This book does not cover the controversy of which Bible, suffice it to say that God is not producing the new versions that are published every year. Without apology the studies herein are based on the 1611 Authorized Version of the Bible, commonly called the King James Version.

The studies presented here are written to and for the common man, such as myself. You will not find words such as: hermeneutics, Epistemology, Exegesis, or any such like contained in them. Nor, except for minor things as the meaning of a name, will the Greek and Hebrew be relied upon to understand the English of our Bible. I hope you will enjoy these studies as much as I enjoyed preparing them.

Although, there are those, “Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not,” as a biblical apologist I do not believe in the necessity to attack and condemn individuals. These studies compare the teachings and doctrines as taught by men and denominations with what the Bible says. Individuals knowing the truth through a personal knowledge of what the Bible says is the only way to stop the mouths that need to be stopped. So with Christian charity for all, I present my “Studies in Scripture” series on the doctrines of Scripture for your consideration. If studied with a heart’s desire to learn and understand God’s word it is felt that the truth will shine through.

I realize that we are in the last days and that many, even those who have never studied or read the Bible, are having their interest piqued by books and preaching on the Lord’s return. Knowing the exact time and day of his return will not make you a better Christian nor witness for him. Knowing the doctrines and teachings of Scripture will.

And it is the English Bible we are thinking about, the Bible in the vernacular, the tongue most of us best understand. One is grateful to have studied Hebrew and Greek, just to be able to tell others who have not that they do not require either to hearken to our Heavenly Father’s voice. He has an advantage as a scholar who can utilize the original tongues; but the Bible was not given to scholars, but to the people, and “hear we every man in our own tongue wherein we were born” (Acts 2:8)

“How to Master the English Bible”, James M. Gray, D.D.
The Winona Publishing Co. 1904

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