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HOW  TO  STUDY  THE  BIBLE,  part  3  quotes

1)    “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15.

2)     There are 8 main methods of studying the Bible which have proven themselves to be of the greatest benefit:
#1 - The Comparative Method of Bible Study.
#2 - The Analytical Method of Bible Study.
#3 - The Synthetic Study of the Bible.
#4 - The Prophetic Study of the Bible.
#5 - Topical or Thematic Study of the Bible.
#6 - Historical Study of the Bible.
#7 - Bible Study by Books.
#8 - the Sword Method of Bible Study

3)    Study Method #2 - The Analytical Method of Bible Study.

     This method of Bible study deals with taking one or more verses and analyzing each part of them to ascertain what is actually being presented.

     There are 4 rules to follow in using this analytical method.

     #1 - Always have a piece of paper and a pen or pencil at hand, or some device you can type into, so that you can jot down any thoughts or findings you get from analyzing each verse.

     #2 - Read each verse carefully, slowly, and prayerfully, making sure that you understand the meaning of each of the words used, and that you understand the construction of the language.

     #3 - Carefully examine the first sentence, then the next, and crystallize in your mind the first thought or truth you learn from it.

     #4 - Write down every important thought or truth you gain out of the verse.  When finished, go back over these and see if they are indeed plainly brought out in that verse.

4)    Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.” 1 Peter 1:1-2.

     Lets apply these 4 analytical rules to these verses and see what we can learn:

     - 1st - Peter is the author of this epistle.

     - 2nd - The Peter who wrote this was an apostle of Jesus Christ.

     - 3rd - The name “Jesus Christ” appears in each verse.  Jesus was the human name of the Son of God, and Christ was His divine name or office.  This reminds us that our Saviour was both human and divine.

     - 4th - Peter writes this epistle to "strangers;" which means that it can even apply to us since we are pilgrims and strangers in this world, looking and longing for a better (Hebrews 11:13; 1 Peter 2:11).

     - 5th - These "strangers" were scattered abroad throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.

     - 6th - These "strangers" are called " elect."

     - 7th - These "strangers" were elected according to the foreknowledge of God.

     - 8th - This election was to be carried out or effected "through sanctification" of the Holy Spirit.  Sanctification is a progressive work of both God and the individual, which continues throughout the lifetime.

     - 9th - The result of this work of sanctification in behalf of the elect is: --
          (a) Obedience;
          (b) and Sprinkling of the blood of Christ; which involves the forgiveness of sin.

     - 10th - The basis of our election is because of the sprinkling of the blood of Christ - His cleansing work in our behalf.

     - 11th - Sanctification, or daily growth in grace through obedience, is God's foreordained way of preparing His chosen ones for the high and holy position of being the elect.

     - 12th - God is our Father, which means that those who are obedient and who have accepted the cleansing blood of Christ become His children.

     - 13th - The mention of all three persons of the Godhead: (1) God, (2) Jesus Christ, (3) the Spirit.

     - 14th - Grace and peace were to be multiplied, indicating that the elect were not saved at that point, but still needed to grow more in grace and sanctification.