2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
These last several months have witnessed several life-changing events in the life of my family. The passing of my grandmother in January and the start of a new pastorate in upstate New York was among them. Even though there are still a lot of details yet-to-be completed in our lives, there are some of those details which have been resolved – enabling me to once again have the opportunity to blog about issues pertaining to the exegesis, interpretation and theology of the Biblical text.
Why exercise the effort needed to probe into the Biblical text with respect to its original languages and background?
Without question, the multiple choices available today with regards to English translations and Bible Study tools makes this era of Christian history almost unprecedented when it comes to improving one’s study of the Biblical text. For this blogger at least, it is worthwhile taking the time to work with and continually improve in the competency of the original languages, backgrounds and various theological or philosophical issues of the Christian worldview. Experience shows that such efforts encourage discipline in mediating on what God is saying through each word. Such efforts can be done with a heart of worship, just as a Christian who is talented in the area of music labors over each note to get it right for the glory of their King – the Lord Jesus Christ.
The urgency to utilize as many tools as possible to dig deeper into the scriptures is commanded to every generation of God’s people.
The opening passage of today’s post – 2 Timothy 2:15, reads as follows in the NASB – “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” Thankfully, one does not have to know the Biblical languages nor the finer points of theology, church history and other disciplines to glean insights. After all, Jesus promised His disciples and really, all Christians, the promised Holy Spirit in John 16:15 “All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.” All Christians have the indwelling Holy Spirit to guide, lead and make plain the teaching and meaning of the Old and New Testaments (see Psalm 119:105; 1 Corinthians 2:10-13; 1 John 2:20,27).
At the same time, God has called and gifted certain Christians to take the scriptures and proclaim their contents so as to bring about conversions, change and commitment in the lives of God’s people (see Ephesians 4:11-12). Whenever God’s people have opportunities to study the Bible in the original languages or work at understanding the background of the Biblical text, such work ought to be made available to the wider body of followers in Jesus Christ and to those who have yet to believe.
Over time, various tools, when made available, ought to be utilized in “leading out” the intended meaning of the text as given by the Holy Spirit and the human authors. Such a process of working through the “leading out” of God’s intended meaning lies at the heart of what it means to do “exegesis”. The goal of this blog is to bridge the gap between the world of scholarship that engages with the Biblical text on the one hand to make available the fruits of such research to those in the church who want to dig deeper into the scriptures.
A continuing commitment to dig deeper into the Biblical text
Henceforth this blogger aims to continue providing various tools and observations from the Biblical text to whomever is interested. The work done in this blogsite desires to see readers practice a closer, meditative study of God’s precious word. Everything on this blog site is written for the glory of Jesus Christ and the advancement of His kingdom. Sometimes we may cover issues in the Hebrew or Greek texts. At other times we may delve into certain theological, philosophical or apologetical issues that are indirectly related to the overall exegetical or “leading-out-the-meaning” process. The entire goal is to “lead out” or exegete the Biblical text so that we can grow and be more effective Christians that are, after all, a people of the Book and of the Christ revealed by the book.