“Do You Understand What You Are Reading”?


Those were the famous words of Philip the “Evangelist” – one of the seven original deacons ordained by the Apostles in the Book of Acts – when he encountered an Ethiopian eunuch attempting to understand the words of Isaiah the Prophet (Acts 8:30 NASB).

Sadly, Philip could say the same thing to many of us who attend churches today. Sure, you carry your bible to church with you, you flip to the verse of the week and read along with your pastor, you’ve even highlighted a few verses to “cheer you up” when you’re feeling bad (“I can do all things through Christ…”, or “The wealth of the wicked is laid up…”, and “You will be blessed in the city and the field…”).

All of that is fine – but do you really understand what you’re reading?

While The bible is more than a chronological record of who begot who, who was blessed or cursed, and what heaven looks like – it is the breathed Word of God, and it is the lifeline that details our connection to God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB).

A few weeks ago, someone posed a great question to GotQuestions.org:

Question: “Why is understanding the Bible important?”

Answer: Understanding the Bible is important because the Bible is God’s Word. When we open the Bible, we read God’s message to us. What could be more important than understanding what the Creator of the universe has to say? (click here to read the entire article)

One of the biggest problems facing Christ’s church today is the attempt by outside forces to make the church assuage to popular thinking, culture, and opinion. Not content with simply “doing what they want to do”, reprobates seek to accept God on their own terms – and demand that you accept them on their own terms as well.

In there minds, the Word of God is outdated and irrelevant to the world today.

There is no better way to defend the faith than to consult the Words of it’s Author for guidance. Even if (when) the message of Christ is vilified, mocked, and rejected – we must still be willing to share it in hopes that the hearer will respond with confession, repentance, and belief in the Lord Jesus Christ:

35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him.

36 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?”

37 [And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”]

38 And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. (Acts 8:35-38 NASB)

We have to be willing to share the message of the Gospel, but we must also understand that the message will be rejected by some. In those instances, the Lord’s Will be done.

Continue to earnestly pray that the message of God’s gift of salvation through His Son would touch the hearts of those who sorely need Him.



3 Responses to ““Do You Understand What You Are Reading”?”

  1. 1 Brother K June 24, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Amen, my good brother. A most encouraging word very well stated. Amen.

  2. 2 Douglas K. Adu-Boahen June 25, 2008 at 5:20 am

    Amen and amen! It is sad that in our day, Christians are so hooked on trying to make the Word fit the culture…

  3. 3 escapeetoo June 25, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Good post ST. Sadly, folk are not taking the time out to understand what they hear or read (See my post on “Reading Your Bible”). The only way we can defend the faith against the agnostics and heretics (At times I do not know who is worse) of the world is to know the root of our faith, God’s word. The first step to wisdom is the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 1:7).

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