Bible-Wisdom inspired Writings by: Gladdithel Cancino, a protégé of Jesus Christ.
We love to read books that inspire us, can relate to us, encourage us and empower us to
become the best version of ourselves. Books that were written not only by famous or
recognized writers but books that have good reviews and recommended by friends and
colleagues. Oftentimes, in the corporate world we tend to ask what books CEOs read that made
them successful. “Books are uniquely portable magic”. Stephen King generalized how books can
take you anywhere.
But do you know that there is a GREAT BOOK that sums up all the wonders that a book can ever
contain? The Book that gives not only excitement and encouragement but LIFE.
This Book of Life is called “Bible”. The Scripture or the BIBLE is God-breathed. The Scripture tells
us everything about God. It is inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Holy Spirit
initiated and prompted the “human authors” who wrote the words of Scripture.
Anyone can read and study the BIBLE but not everyone can fully understand it (1 Corinthians
2:13-14). Taking phrases and verses out of context always leads to misunderstanding.
Context is crucial to biblical interpretation, one of the most important fundamentals. After
taking the literal, historical and grammatical nature of a passage, we must then focus on the
outline and structure of the book, then the chapter, then the paragraph.
For example: taking the phrase “God is love” in 1 John 4:7-16 out of its context we might think
that our God loves everything and everyone ROMANTICALLY. In literal and grammatical context,
“love” here refers to AGAPE love which means sacrifice for the benefit of another, not
sentimental or romantic kind of love.
In historical context, John is addressing the first century
church to identify true believers from the false professors. True Love – sacrificial, beneficial kind
is the mark of a true believer. Denying yourself and seeking what is good for the benefit of
others like how Jesus gave up Himself for us. (v.7) those who do not love do not belong to God
(v.8) God loved us before we love Him. (v.9-10) and all of this is why we should love one
another, and this proves that we are His.
We are commanded to read, study and understand the Scriptures through biblical study
methods and with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to guide us (1 Corinthians 2:13-16).
As we read and study the Bible, pray and let the Holy Spirit empowers us to understand the
passages as He leads.