There are numerous valid and effective Bible reading through methods. The purpose of this article would be to introduce you to the #1 most often disregarded and forgotten method of reading the particular Bible.
But first, a question: When was the last time you obtained a personal letter (or email) from the dear friend or loved one,
Do you remember the anticipation a person felt as you opened the letter/email and began to read, You couldnât read it fast enough, would you,
Now, stop and think about this: Did you read the letter in its whole, or did you read the particular first few sentences and put the particular letter down with the intent associated with finishing it later,
Perhaps you happen to be thinking, âWhat a stupid question . . . Of course I read the whole thing!â
Now, stop plus think about what happened some 2, 000 years ago when the Christians living in Ephesus received a letter from the Apostle Paul. Do you think there was the buzz of excitement as these believers gathered around to hear what their own spiritual father had to say to all of them, At the time this letter had been written, Paul was imprisoned within Rome, but he kept touching the many churches he founded simply by writing letters – 13 of these letters have been preserved as part of Holy Scripture, and he undoubtedly penned many more that did not make it into the Bible.
Imagine being a Christian in 1st century Ephesus… when you come to the particular weekly prayer meeting at your neighborâs house, the church leaders are very excited – âPaul sent us a letter! Heâs still in jail but he sent us a letter!â
So all of the believers listen intently as somebody begins to read the letter:
âPaul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.â
The words just leap from the parchment and into your heart. Yes, that sounds like Paul all right. He called us âsaintsâ and âthe faithful in Christ Jesus.â Oh, how sweet those phrases sound to your ears. Itâs such as heâs right there, in your midst, what of truth flowing from their mouth with that unique combination of humbleness and boldness you came to love throughout the three years he spent in Ephesus as your spiritual leader.
The viewer continues: âPraise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.â
Yes! Yes! The believers all around you are now filled up with joy. We have so many religious blessings in Jesus our Savior; we have so much to praise God for! Paul spent many hours detailing those blessings to us whenever he was here – wow, it will be great to hear him educate those truths again today by means of this letter!
But suddenly you stops and decides that is good enough. âCome back tomorrow night and Iâll pick it up where I left off. I donât want to read the whole letter tonight. Thatâs all for now.â
OK, you can quit deceiving you are a first century Ephesian plus come back to the 21st century. Perhaps my example above was a little bit farfetched – you donât believe the Ephesians would have read only the first few sentences of Paulâs letter, do you, Of course not really!
They would have read the whole letter, right,
In truth, wouldn’t they have read the letter in the entirety.. Here is more on marriage have a look at our website.. in one sitting down,
My friend, when was the final time you read one of Paulâs letters in its entirety, in one sitting down, Have you ever read any kind of book of the Bible in its whole, in one sitting,
When Paul had written his letters, they were written with all the intention of being read in their whole, in one sitting. So when we study Paulâs letters, shouldnât we study them in the way they were intended to end up being read,
If you’ve never carried out this before, I encourage you to definitely try it today. Start with Ephesians or one of the other shorter New Testament letters, and together we are able to bring this forgotten Bible reading through method back into the memory from the 21st century church.
For a far more in-depth explanation of this approach to Bible reading, see my book, “The Forgotten Bible Reading Method: How to Read and Understand the Bible in 5 Simple Steps” on (*****************************************************************************