Understanding The Bible
Show Yourself Approved Unto God," 2 Timothy 2:15
J. Deering, AncientPath.net
Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer, former president of Dallas Theological Seminary, has said:
"In the Scriptures, God is not specifically defined in any one assertion, but His existence and attributes are assumed and do appear only as the text in various places and in manifold terms sets forth what He is and what He does. A true Biblical definition of God will be secured only as an induction of all the Scripture is secured." (Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer, Systematic Theology, Vol. I., p. 188, Dallas Seminary Press, 1973)
The definition of God is not what we think about Him, it is instead that which He has revealed about Himself and, of course, much more. He is not limited by our knowledge of Him. And so is the nature of the study of His scriptures. His revealed word is comprehendible because He has chosen to make it so. He is a wonderful and loving God who wants His children to know Him. The scriptures are, in some places, difficult to understand. That is not because God does not want you to know those places. Quite the contrary, His word is His revelation to us to know Him. Some things are just hard to comprehend and require work, understanding, prayer, enlightenment, and more work. God is not in the business of hiding His word from you. It pleases Him for you to know Him.