The Christian’s Greatest Need
When Paul wrote to the Ephesian church in the early AD 60’s, he prayed in ch 1:17 that “the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know Him better.” This then, as Christians must be our greatest need. But how do we get to know Him better? One way is by adopting a systematic approach to studying the Word of God. A way was suggested by an Anglican bishop called Miles Coverdale who produced the first Bible printed in English way back in 1535. His advice, written in the exact 16th century English, was as follows:
“It shall greatly help ye to understand Scripture, if thou mark not only what is spoken, or written, but of whom, and to whom, with what word, at what time. Where, to what intent, with what circumstance, considering what goeth before, and what followeth.”
This is the approach that I have adopted in my study of the Scriptures since it was introduced to me in the early 1980’s and I really have learnt a lot more about God, His character, His purpose and His Will for us in this day and age, which is so important. There is no doubt that God has a plan for humanity and the Bible contains a progressive revelation of His plan which needs to be approached systematically.
Contributed by Graeme Abbott, NZ Agent, Open Bible Trust (www.obt.org.uk)