- The New Testament lies veiled (hidden) in the Old, and the Old Testament is unveiled (revealed) in the New.– Augustine.
- The Old Testament altar points to the New Testament cross.
- The new is in the old contained, and the Old is in the New explained. – Graham Scroggie
- “When I read this passage for the 100th time, the following idea came to me.” A T Pierson, a well known 19th century preacher
- “I study my Bible as I gather apples. First, I shake the whole tree that the ripest might fall. Then I shake each limb, and when I have shaken each limb, I shake each branch and every twig. Then I look under every leaf” — Martin Luther, the great reformer.
- “Of Course, I admit a verse may have a primary meaning and then other more remote meanings. For example, a prophecy may have its primary fulfillment in some personage or even at hand, such as Solomon, with a more remote and complete fulfillment in Christ” — R. A. Torrey
- “The place of a verse in a book is often the key to understanding it” Rick Warren.
- “There is no substitute for reading the Bible”!
- “A surrendered will gives that clearness of spiritual vision necessary to understand God’s Book. Many of the difficulties and obscurities of the Bible rise simply because the will of the student is not surrendered to the will of the author of the Book. It is remarkable how clear, simple, and beautiful passages that once puzzled us become when we are brought to that place where we say to God, ‘I surrender my will unconditionally to Yours. I have no will but Yours. Teach me Your will. A surrendered will does more to make the Bible an open book than a university education. It is simply impossible to get the largest profit out of your Bible study until you surrender your will to God. You must be very definite about this. Many will say, ‘Oh, yes, my will is surrendered to God,’ but it is not. They have never gone alone with God and said intelligently and definitely to Him, ‘O God, I here and now give myself up to You, for you to command me, lead me, shape me, send me, and do with me absolutely as you will.’ Such act is a wonderful key to unlock the treasure house of God’s Word. The Bible becomes a new Book when a man surrenders to God. Doing that brought a complete transformation in my own theology, life, and ministry”
- “You can see a lot by just looking” Yogi Berra
- “While there may be a certain value in hanging up texts on the walls of our homes or reading a collection of texts in a book like Daily Light, let us never forget that such practices can be dangerous, because there is a balance in Scripture, and the context of each and every verse is always important…It is the simple truth to say that most of the heresies that have troubled the Church throughout her long history have arisen because men and women have forgotten this simple principle. They have taken a text out of its context, and have formulated a doctrine out of it. If they had but taken it in its context they would have been saved from the error they have embraced.” — D Martyn Lloyd-Jones
- “It is only when truth is discovered that it is appropriated. When a man is simply told the truth, it remains external to him and he can quite easily forget it. When he is led to discover the truth himself it becomes an integral part of him and he never forgets.” William Barclay
- “We must read our Bibles like men digging for hidden treasure.” J C Ryle
- Studying the Bible is like peeling an onion.
- It is only when truth is discovered that it is appropriated. When a man is simply told the truth, it remains external to him and he can quite easily forget it. When he is led to discover the truth himself it becomes an integral part of him and he never forgets –William Barclay
- “Never conclude that you have the right meaning of a verse until you have carefully determined the meaning of all doubtful words in it by an examination of Bible usage. Even when you are pretty sure you know the meaning of the words, it is well not to be too sure until you have looked it up.” Dr. R.A. Torrey
- “Just as a great door swings on small hinges, so the important theological statements of the Bible often depend upon even the smallest words, such as prepositions and articles” Irving Jensen (Enjoy Your Bible, World Wide Publication, p. 96)
10% of what we read
20% of what we hear
30% of what we see
50% of what we see and hear
70% of what we discuss with others
80% of what we personally experience
95% or what we teach others
– Edna Gale (corroborated by research at University of Texas)
– A study at the University of Texas (http://www.stfrancis.edu/content/ba/ghkickul/stuwebs/btopics/works/listening.htm Accessed on 8/24/2012 ) This website cites Metcalf, T. (1997) Listening to your clients, Life Association News, 92(7) p16 – 18
10 percent of what they read;
20 percent of what they hear;
30 percent of what they see;
50 percent of what they see and hear;
70 percent of what they say; and
90 percent of what they do and say
- “What I hear I forget, what I see I remember, what I do I understand.” Confucius (in the fifth century B.C.)
- “A text taken out of context becomes a pretext.”
- “We must read our bibles like men digging for hidden treasure” R. C. Ryle