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First Principle of Bible Study

First Principle of Bible Study

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Because God is the author, there is a marvelous oneness and
cohesiveness throughout the Bible that makes it a joy to study and
contemplate. Words and phrases used in one book are to be studied in
the light of words and phrases used elsewhere in the Bible.
For example, the meaning of the Greek word kamno used by the
Holy Spirit in James 5:15, is to be interpreted in light of its use in two
other New Testament passages, Hebrews 12:3 and Revelation 2:3. In
Hebrews 12:3, the word kamno is translated “wearied,” and in Rev-
elation 2:3, kamno is translated “faint,” so the context clearly indi-
cates that this word is related to spiritual weariness. No suggestion is
offered that it relates to physical illness. Thus one can discover the
meaning in the obscure passage, as James 5:15, by the use in the
clearer passages.

When we carefully read James 5:15, we discover that three bless-
ings were experienced by the one who had been subject to kamno,
and they all relate to salvation: 1) he has become saved; 2) he has
been raised up; 3) his sins have been forgiven. These three phrases
relate to salvation. James 5:14 employs the Greek work astheneo,
which is translated “sick” in our Bible, but we find by the use of the
word astheneo in other places in the Bible that it can refer to any kind
of spiritual or physical illness. Because God used the word kamno in
verse 15 and not astheneo , we know that physical healing is not in
view in this passage; the focus is on salvation.

Interpreting Scripture with Scripture Helps Us to Understand
Matthew 12:36

The statement in Matthew 12:36 can be easily misunderstood if
we do not practice the principle of comparing Scripture with Scrip-
ture. In Matthew 12:36 Jesus lays down the principle that “every idle
word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day
of judgment.” Does this mean that believers will have to give an ac-
count before God? By looking at the word “judgment” in light of
everything else the Bible offers, we know that believers do not come
into judgment. Let us see why this is so.


First Principles of Bible Study

The Greek word used in Matthew 12:36 and translated “judg-
ment” in the King James Bible is the word krisis. This word is used in
John 5:24, where Christ declares, “He that heareth my word, and
believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come
into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” The word
translated “condemnation” is the word krisis, the same word used in
Matthew 12. Thus, we are assured that those who place their trust in
Christ do not give an account before the judgment throne. To expand
the thought, we know that the reason we do not come into judgment
is that Christ became sin for those who place their trust in Him, and
He has already been judged for those sins. Believers cannot be judged
for sins that have been taken care of by our Savior. Effectively, be-
lievers have already stood before the judgment throne of God to an-
swer for their sins. They did so in the person of Jesus Christ, who as
their substitute, was laden with their sins, was found guilty of those
sins, and was punished for those sins. The demands of the law of
God recorded in II Corinthians 5:10 have been met by Christ on be-
half of all who believe on Him. This verse declares:

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ;
that every one may receive the things done in his body,
according to that he hath done, whether it be good or

These are just a few of the great number of examples that could
be offered that indicate that we must carefully examine words in the
light of their use throughout the Bible to discover their true meaning.
Since God is the author of the Bible, we know that every word in the
original languages was chosen carefully, regardless of whether Luke,
Jeremiah, or Moses was the human author, because we know that
God is infallible in all that He does. We can place implicit trust in the

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