How to Dig Deeper during Bible Study

July 18, 2019

Recently my Mom asked me a question that caught me off guard. Who is God to you?

I was stomped. As much as I read the bible, reflect on what I've read, and share my spiritual journey. I didn't have an answer.

Quite honestly, I partly didn't understand the question. So I asked her, what do you mean?

She said, who is God to you? I replied, huh. She said I'll give you a hint, read John 1:1-2. I told her I had already read it.

She told me to read it again. So I read it again. But the answer seemed to simple.

God is the word.

I thought that was to easy to be the answer. So I read it again and again. Not learning anything new from rereading the bible verse. I decided to read it in different translations.

I read about 5 different versions of the same passage using my Bible app. When I got to the Voice translation, I found something that stopped me in my steps.

The Greek word Logos which is often translated in English to word.

Logos, (Greek: “word,” “reason,” or “plan”) plural logoi, in Greek philosophy and theology, the divine reason implicit in the cosmos, ordering it and giving it form and meaning.

This one Greek word transformed the way I answered my Mom's simple question. My answer evolved in a way I honestly had not imagined.

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Who is God to you?

  • God is the living word.
  • Christ is the flesh (human) version of the word.
  • The Holy Spirit is the guide Christ left with us before ascending back to heaven.
  • God word is the truth.
  • Jesus was with God when he created the word.
  • Jesus was sent to speak to the world by God.
  • Us being able to hear Jesus changed everything.
  • As a result of Jesus we are now able to hear and speak directly to God.
  • Christ, God, and the Holy Spirit are one

My mother's question forced me to think deeply.

Looking at different translations helped me to better understand several principles I have read over the years during my bible study. One Greek word helped me to understand a fundamental bible lesson.

7 Ways to Dig Deeper during Bible Study

  1. Read it twice.
  2. Read it in at least one other translations .
  3. Research the place where it happen.
  4. Research the word definition in it's original language (Greek). Chose words that are unfamiliar or powerful - the word could change the meaning of the passage.
  5. Ask questions.
  6. Write your thoughts down.
  7. Have a conversation with someone you trust. Read the passage together ans discuss your thoughts.

Next time you're bible studying take a minute to try a few of these tips. I would love to hear from you about how your bible study routine is going.

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