Notes on Scripture


  1. Scripture is meant to be read and understood.  Matthew 21:42; Mark 12:10

  2. Not knowing the scriptures leads to error.  Matthew 22:29; Mark 12:24

  3. Prophetic scriptures (those scriptures foretelling a specific event) must be fulfilled.  Even Jesus would not pray to the Father for something which would prevent the fulfillment of these inspired writings.  Matthew 26:52-56; Mark 14:48-49; John 10:35; John 13:18; John 17:12; John 19:28

  4. Scriptures record prophecy and the fulfillment of that prophecy.  Mark 15:28; Luke 4:17-21; John 19:24; John 19:33-36; John 19:34-37; Acts 1:16; Acts 1:16-20; Acts 8:30-35; Galatians 4:30; James 2:23

  5. Moses and all the prophets wrote about Jesus.  Luke 24:27

  6. Scripture is meant to be shared with others, enhancing their understanding of God's Word.  Luke 24:32; Acts 17:2-4

  7. Scripture is capable of opening one's mind (i.e. to cause one to understand a thing).  Greek dianoigo.  Luke 24:45 (reference 24:32, 44-48)

  8. Fulfilled scripture leads one to believe the scripture and the words spoken by Jesus.  John 2:19-22; John 19:35-36

  9. The scriptures testify of Jesus.  John 5:39; 7:42; Acts 18:28; Romans 10:11; 1 Peter 2:6

  10. The death, burial, and resurrection of Christ was according to scripture.  1 Corinthians 15:3-4

  11. Prophets through the scriptures speak of God's promise of the coming of Jesus Christ (the gospel).  Romans 1:1-3; Galatians 3:8

  12. It's possible for one to think (be of the opinion that) one has eternal life through the scriptures and be mistaken.  John 5:39.

  13. The scriptures confirm that those who believe in Jesus have eternal life.  John 7:38

  14. Misunderstanding of the scripture leads to division.  John 7:40-43

  15. One may know the scriptures but not understand or perceive the meaning.  Greek eido.  John 20:9

  16. The same scripture preached to two different groups of people may result in one group believing (being persuaded, Greek peitho) and the other not believing.  Acts 17:2-5

  17. Those to whom the scriptures are preached must search them daily to prove whether the things preached are true or not.  Acts 17:11

  18. One may be mighty in part of the scriptures and in need of another instructing them more perfectly in other parts of the scriptures. (mighty, Greek dunatos; perfectly, Greek akribesteron)  Acts 18:24-26

  19. The scriptures provide the answers to religious error.  Romans 4:1-3

  20. Through the scriptures we learn of the purpose of God.  Romans 9:17; 11:1-5

  21. The scriptures were written for our learning.  Romans 15:4; 1 Timothy 5:18; James 2:8, 4:5

  22. The knowledge we gain through the scriptures generates patience and comfort, by which we might have hope.  Romans 15:4

  23. Mysteries kept secret since the world began, by the commandment of God given to the prophets and recorded in their scriptures, were made manifest to all nations for the obedience of faith.  Romans 16:25

  24. The scriptures foretold that God would justify the Gentiles through faith.  Galatians 3:8

  25. The scripture shuts all up under sin, so that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.  Galatians 3:22

  26. All scripture is given by the inspiration of God.  2 Timothy 3:16

  27. All scripture is profitable for doctrine.  2 Timothy 3:16

  28. All scripture is profitable for reproof (Greek elegchos:  a proof, that by which a thing is proved or tested).  2 Timothy 3:16

  29. All scripture is profitable for correction (Greek epanorthosis:  restoration to an upright or right state; correction, improvement of life or character).  2 Timothy 3:16

  30. All scripture is profitable for instruction in righteousness (Greek paideia).  2 Timothy 3:16

  31. Through the doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness found in the scriptures the man of God may be complete, throughly furnished unto every good work.  2 Timothy 3:16

  32. Interpretation of scripture does not belong to one's self (is not of any private interpretation) (private, Greek idios; interpretation, Greek epilusis).  2 Peter 1:20-21

  33. Those who are unsteadfast and ignorant twist those scriptures which are difficult to understand to their own destruction.  This twisting is not limited to these scriptures, however.  (wrest, Greek strebloo:  to pervert, of one who wrests or tortures language in a false sense)  2 Peter 3:16

  34. The epistles of Paul are scripture.  2 Peter 3:16


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