(1) The Biblical perception that a person brings to their study and their ministry makes a large difference in their work. Be aware of what perception you bring to your study and what perception other teachers bring to their studies.
The Bible is interpreted, understood, and applied on the basis of what has been said and concluded about the text before, such as through Jesus’ Vicar on earth (the Pope), the council of wise and studious leaders, and traditions that have arisen from the work and ministry of the Church in the past. A weakness of this perception is that we listen more to the pope, councils, and traditions, than to the Word of God. The main advocate of this perception is the Roman Catholic church.
The Bible is God’s Word, we approach our studies in a scholarly way, and we have the attitude that God speaks to his people through the Bible. Most Lutherans adhere to this perception, some Reformed and some Evangelical also apply.
The Bible is God’s Word, we approach our studies in a scholarly way, and we have the attitude that we interpret the Bible. This perception is very attractive to those who base much of their study of Scripture and Christian activity on their own will. Most Reformed and most Evangelical groups recognize and apply this Biblical perception.
The Bible is God’s Word, and all texts of Scripture are viewed and interpreted with the Holy Spirit’s work and ministry in mind. All Christian churches have an emphasis on the Holy Spirit’s guidance and work. Yet those with this Biblical perception make the Holy Spirit the primary emphasis of their understanding of Scripture. The churches which have this focus are Pentecostal and charismatic in ministry.
The Bible is God’s Word and the Bible is perceived and understood extensively through and with the question, “What are we Christians to do?” Every Christian church will emphasize application of Scripture. Yet, those with this perception primarily apply the Bible as a handbook for Christian life. Many evangelical churches have this emphasis upon Biblical study.
Some Christian churches will mix a couple of the above perceptions, yet it seems, after observation, that they will primarily have one of the five emphases briefly examined above.
Your teacher uses and teaches with perception 2 as his foundation of good, Biblical study.
Scriptural exhortations that guide our understanding of point (6) below.
2 Peter 1:20-21 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
彼得后书1:20-21 第一要紧的，该知道经上所有的预言没有可随私意解说的；21因为预言从来没有出于人意的，乃是人被圣灵感动，说出 神的话来。
2 Timothy 3:15-17 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
提摩太后书3:15-17 并且知道你是从小明白圣经，这圣经能使你因信基督耶稣，有得救的智慧。16圣经都是 神所默示的，于教训、督责、使人归正、教导人学义都是有益的，17叫属 神的人得以完全，预备行各样的善事。
John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
约翰福音 17:17 求你用真理使他们成圣；你的道就是真理。
John 5:39-40 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
(6) Be aware that there will be those who speak of themselves as Christian, but they interpret and apply Scripture in ways that communicate that the Bible is not God’s Word. Some statements may be as follows …
(a) The Bible contains God’s Word - some that is written in the pages of the Bible is God’s Word, but some is not.
圣经包含神的话 - 圣经中有一些是神的话语，但也有一些不是。
(b) The Bible becomes God’s Word as you understand its truth. The Bible is God’s Word whether a person understands what the Lord is saying or not.
(c) The Bible is a historical book that provides wisdom to those who read it. While the Bible has a history and does give wisdom, it is much more. The Bible is the Word of God which the Lord Jesus uses with the Holy Spirit to bring people to faith and empower their Christian life.
(d) The Bible is written by people who felt godly inspiration. While men did write the words, they were not writing on their own. They were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
(e) The Bible is a human work in which godly men wrote about what they knew or thought they knew about God and wished to communicate that wisdom with others.
(f) The Bible is to be understood along with many other religious books.