The Bible is a common-sense book. It was written for the common man. Anyone can read and understand the message it contains. The rules that help us to understand it are, generally, the same rules for any type of communication or writing.

1. Understand the purpose

Jesus “had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen” (Acts 1:2 ESV). The book of Acts records this statement in its opening and shows how the apostles did indeed obey those commands. (Paul uses the same term for “command” in Acts 13:47 in referring to the mandate “to bring salvation to the farthest corners of the earth.”) Continue reading