Easy Bible Guide Part 8 – Interpretation by Reckoning 1


Interpretation by Reckoning
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Easy Bible Guide Part 8 
Pastor Steven Birnie
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This is now our 8th article in our 12 part Easy Bible Guide and so far we’ve covered what I and most other Christian preachers employ when we’re studying the scriptures to share and teach. Hopefully you’ve seen so far, that there’s nothing too complex about rightly dividing God’s truth in the basics yet it’s essential to arriving at solid and trustworthy conclusions about God’s great truth, especially if you’re called to teach others so this subject is crucial, as part of interpretation aspects.
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As human beings, God blessed us with a phenomenal mind capable of reasoning, remembering and making choices which are just three examples, of thousands of tasks the mind can carry out, all of which work together for us to function. Reckoning is one of those tasks which we employ on a daily basis even when we don’t realise it, but this method of reasoning is extremely powerfull and can lead to both right and wrong conclusions. It’s this basic method we use as Christians so that we might know Jesus more as our Lord and Saviour, make right choices and mindsets in our lives and in this subject, interpreting of God’s Word. 
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A good illustration of a Christian reckoning would be in answer to the following question as an example – “How can we prove Jesus actually walked the earth if you weren’t there?” – This is one of those questions which many Christians encounter and it’s important for our own faith, that we might know an answer and so the reckoning process begins. As believers we know that both Christian and non-Christian historical sources confirm Jesus did indeed walk the earth, both credible historians from the past and from the present all conclude that due to the overwhelming weight of evidence from many different sources, Jesus did actually exist. We can learn from the history of the Roman Empire, the Greeks and the Nation of Israel itself, that there was a man who preached the Kingdom of God and who was crucified by the Romans in Jerusalem.
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We’ve seen the Bible does indeed correspond with that history, that everything the Old Testament said of the Messiah throughout the centuries not only happened, but that Jesus proved all the things said of him to their fullest and that the things he said, are actually occurring in our lives and those around us. Having all of these factors (and many more) we begin to reckon by exploring each one, examining, joining the dots, weighing the debate for and against and drawing conclusions to which we’ve said, “given the evidence, he must have walked the earth as a human being, there can be no other alternative” and this is the key to reckoning, reasoning a subject until there can be no other alternative. So when we come to studying specific subjects within God’s Word, we employ our reckoning allowing God’s Spirit to guide us and direct us through the scriptures, adding to our experience and knowledge of him, so that we might live that life promised and function as a Christian in this present world.
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Reckoning is such a basic function and one which we employ continually whether it be buying a car, having a conversation with someone or working out a problem, we reckon and make choices based on our conclusions and one of the greatest aspects of God’s Word, is that you can indeed reckon confidently and accurately due to the assurance that everything God says is not only true but conclusively provable, both in the Christian experience and in the physical world. It doesn’t matter what the subject whether it be dinosaurs, UFO’s or human nature itself, you can reckon on any subject and draw trustworthy answers. This is why many experienced Christians have a great assurance in Jesus Christ, built up over the years as they’ve learned of him and seen him work in their lives and the lives in others, adding to their reckoning, that Jesus is indeed the only loving, trustworthy and great God he says he is.  
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(Romans 6:11,12) “….Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof…..” 
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Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to open a Christian Children’s Home in his home town and write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.


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