When reading these studies, the following tips may help you gain the most benefit:
- Recognize that the original Word communicated by God to mankind throughout the years is true and the words were spoken forth by men when they received them from God (II Peter 1:19-21)
- If you have not already done so: express agreement in your mouth regarding the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in your heart that God raised him up out-from dead-people – thereby allowing God to save you by means of the Lord Jesus Christ, placing the gift of holy spirit within you (Romans Chapter 10)
- Allow the gift of holy spirit to work within you giving you the spiritual understanding, etc (I Corinthians 2:12-16 and Ephesians Chapter 1)
- Look at the overall context of a passage of scripture, for example: was the passage written to people living during the old covenant times (before the gift of holy spirit was first made available as recorded in Acts Chapter 2), or to those living during the new covenant times?
- Realize that there are passages that contain certain figures of speech, idioms, and customs used and well known by the people living during the time that the passage was originally written
- Read the Relevant Notes page