We Can Understand the Bible
Some may suggest otherwise, yet God tells us that His inspired words (2 Timothy 3:16) can be understood by man. The apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:3-4 about how “by revelation [God] made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)” (NKJV). Also consider Ephesians 5:17: “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Paul fully expected his readers to understand the will of the Lord.
During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He addressed the multitude and said, “Hear Me, everyone, and understand” (Mark 7:14, NKJV). You see, the Lord didn’t simply expect people to hear His voice when He spoke, but rather He expected the multitude to understand the things He taught them. The Bible says that even “the common people heard Him gladly” (Mark 12:37).
We Can Understand the Bible Alike
Now this may seem like a strange claim to make when you think of how many different churches exist today, many of which teach conflicting doctrines. However, we can understand the Bible, and we can understand it alike. Paul penned the following to the church in Corinth: “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10, NKJV).
The KEY to understanding the Bible alike is for all to rely on the Scriptures as their sole source of authority. Then, “if anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God” (1 Peter 4:11, NIV). This way, no one will “think beyond what is written” (1 Corinthians 4:6). No changes whatsoever will be made to the gospel of Christ (Galatians 1:6-10).
Proof That We Can Understand the Bible Alike
Think about this. God “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). If God desires the salvation of everyone (and He does), then what sense would it make for Him to give mankind a revelation that they cannot understand? After all, to be saved we have to “come to the knowledge of the truth.” This makes perfect sense, since Jesus declared, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).
Jude wrote about “our common salvation” (Jude 1:3). Paul said: “There is … one hope … one faith” (Ephesians 4:4-5). Jesus presents Himself as “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6, NKJV). He also said that “he who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him —- the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:48, NKJV). All will be judged by the words of Christ. But how unfair that judgment will be, if we cannot understand Jesus’ words and understand them alike.
Friends, examine the evidence and I believe you will agree that we can ALL understand the Bible, and we can understand it alike.