As you read, note how the Old and New Testaments complete each other. They confirm, and/or explain what each one says. For example, in Revelation 12 we read about a woman running away. That woman is not Mary, nor is it the Holy Spirit, or any other guess that interpreters have suggested. That woman is Israel.
The Old Testament and New Testament complete each other. The New in the Old is concealed. The Old in the New is revealed. Let me say that this way: When we read the Old Testament the New Testament is hidden therein. When we read the New Testament the Old Testament is exposed and understood.
Other books which have been added to the Bible are not Holy Scripture. God put the Bible together, the Holy Spirit coordinated the writing of it, and He coordinated the assembling of it.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
The Word is alive, intense, and powerful. However, it is the spirit of the man that receives the Word as the carnal mind without the Holy Spirit cannot receive the things of God. God cannot use the educated or the proficient. He can only use those who have been cleansed from all filthiness - through the new birth - and filled with the Holy Spirit (in the new birth the Holy Spirit filled you, in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit He covered you with power) as these people receive the Word in their spirits.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
If you do as has been outlined:
- 1. If you are born again,
- 2. If you lay aside sin.
- (3. If you’ve prayed.)
- 3. If you receive the Word.
Now you’re ready to really start living!
I added my personal #3 in parenthesis because I hold the Word in such high regard that I must prepare myself to read it by praying. However, many scholars I’ve read say just the opposite: Read the Bible, then pray. Their point of view is that you really have nothing to pray about unless you know the written Word of God about the subject before you pray. You will have to find your own way by what feels right in your spirit.
Week Two: Romans 3:19–30
Week Three: Romans 4:1–8
Week Four: Romans 4:9–16
Day One: Read assigned verses to yourself three times.
Day Two: Read the verses out loud three times.
Day Three: Copy the verses into a notebook.
Day Four: Write the assigned verses in your own words.
Day Five: Taking into consideration all the verses you’ve read up to now, ask the Lord to choose one verse that He wants you to meditate on. Take that verse, meditate on it every day, and let it transform you to be more like the image of Jesus.
Each day of this month, ask the Lord what He wants you to do for someone else. Then do it for Him.
Keep a journal of what you’ve done in obedience and record the results.
- Do you want to return to living under the law? Why? Why not?
- Are you righteous?
- How does it bless you in your daily life to be forgiven?