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Galatians 5:16-23 teaches that at any moment we are either walking by the Holy Spirit or according to the sin nature. Walking by the Spirit, enjoying fellowship with God, walking in the light are virtually synonymous. During these times, the Holy Spirit is working in us to illuminate our minds to the truth of Scripture and to challenge us to apply what we learn. But when we sin, we begin to live based on the sin nature. Our works do not count for eternity. The only way to recover is to confess (admit, acknowledge) our sin to God the Father and we are instantly forgiven, cleansed, and recover our spiritual walk (1 John 1:9). Please make sure you are walking by the Spirit before you begin your Bible study, so it will be spiritually profitable.

Messages with tag - Literal interpretation

Thu, Jul 25, 2019
Passage: 2 Peter 1:1
Series: 2 Peter (2019)
Duration: 1 hr 1 mins 45 secs

Angelic Conflict,
Interpretation

How well grounded are you in basic biblical truths? Listen to this lesson to continue to study these bedrock truths. Learn that one of the most intriguing of these is how the highest of all angels rebelled against God in eternity past and a third of the angels followed him. See how this has impacted the human race and what the final punishment for these creatures will be. In order to understand the Bible, learn why a historical, literal, grammatical, and contextual interpretation must be used to learn truth and why allegorical interpretation leads to false teaching.

At the beginning of this class Dr. Dean references the Creation Studies series that is now available on the website. You can view it here.

Tue, Feb 26, 2019
Passage: 2 Samuel 7:8-17 & 1 Chronicles 17:11-14
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins 9 secs
Why do we need to learn about the covenants in the Bible? Listen to this lesson to learn that the covenants tell us God’s promises through which the whole world will be blessed. See that the Davidic Covenant is referred to many times by the prophets and that it is an eternal covenant which can only be fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ who is a descendant of David in His humanity. Find out why it is to be interpreted literally. Enjoy the assurance and confidence that these covenants provide us that God always keeps His Word.
Wed, Mar 15, 2017
Series: 2017 Chafer Theological Seminary Bible Conference
Duration: 1 hr 15 mins 56 secs
Dr. Andy Woods
Tue, Mar 14, 2017
Series: 2017 Chafer Theological Seminary Bible Conference
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins 11 secs
Dr. Wayne House
Tue, Mar 18, 2014
Series: God's Plan for the Ages - Dispensations (2014)
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 37 secs
Psst... Come over here a little closer. How would you like a behind-the-scenes peek at God's plan for the ages? It's not really a secret. God has clearly revealed His Plan and it can be known by taking the Bible literally with the words meaning just what they say. Hear several thrilling examples of the exacting, literal way God fulfilled His prophecies in the past and be comforted knowing that all future prophecies will be enacted just as predicted. Learn the three essential elements of God's plan and how all other interpretations of God's Word can be measured against them.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014
Series: 2014 Chafer Theological Seminary Bible Conference
Duration: 1 hr 47 mins 48 secs

The maxim of literal interpretation has a noble heritage reaching back to the Reformation, even though it has fallen into disuse among contemporary scholars. Part of the problem is its negative associations. It seems archaic and passé because its concerns are no longer the primary concerns of a contemporary culture. In addition, few can agree on the meaning of “literal.”

In this essay, I agree in part with the criticism of the use of “literal.” But I also believe that correctly understood it specifies a primary concern for biblical interpretation.

First, I agree that in biblical interpretation, we do not begin with a modern or postmodern worldview. Rather, we begin with a worldview expressed by Augustine: we believe to know. As Christians we believe the Gospel to know ourselves and to come to know God. When we turn to Scripture, we believe what the Scripture claims to be true of itself: God speaks and what He says is truth (John 17:17). Of course, interpretation is necessary to know the meaning of that truth.

Within this pre-modern worldview, there are two qualifications. First, textual criticism is essential to know what God has written. In addition, where historical-critical problems remain unresolved, these problems need to be addressed. Yet the claim of Scripture to be true remains a viable premise in textual interpretation.

Mon, Mar 10, 2014
Series: 2014 Chafer Theological Seminary Bible Conference
Duration: 1 hr 24 mins 39 secs
Dispensationalism is a system of theology (not a hermeneutical approach) that believes the Bible teaches God’s single plan for history is accomplished through Israel and the church for the purpose of His glorification. This theology arises from a consistent use of the grammatical-historical hermeneutic, also known as literal interpretation. While salvation of mankind is of extreme importance, it is accomplished within the broader purpose of the glorification of God, which is demonstrated through the various administrations of dispensational arrangements of history and also encompasses the angelic realm. Jesus Christ is the hero of history by leaving heaven and humbling Himself as a Man, winning the victory at the cross, rising from the dead, ascending to heaven, taking His bride at the Rapture, returning triumphantly at the Second Coming, and reigning for a thousand years from Jerusalem. Traditional dispensationalism attempts to systematize biblical teaching for the purpose of glorifying God through Jesus Christ. History is seen as a progression of ages in which God tests mankind, man always fails, and God judges humanity, but always provides a grace to the elect.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013
Series: Bible Study Methods (2013)
Duration: 45 mins 59 secs
History of Biblical Interpretation - Up to the Reformation

Hendricks, Living by the Book, chapters 30 through 32

Assignment:
Read Hendricks, Living By the Book, chapters 33-35.

Read Hendricks, Living By the Book Workbook, chapters 52-54. Continue working on the assignment in Habakkuk.

Sun, Dec 15, 2013
Series: Bible Study Methods (2013)
Duration: 39 mins 55 secs
Content, Context, and Comparison

Hendricks, Living by the Book, chapters 30 through 32

Sun, Dec 08, 2013
Series: Bible Study Methods (2013)
Duration: 38 mins 8 secs

Problems in Biblical Understanding

Hendricks, Living By the Book, chapters 27 through 29

Assignment:
Read Hendricks, Living By the Book, chapters 30-32.
Read Hendricks, Living By the Book Workbook, chapters 49-51. Work on the assignment in Chapter 49 pertaining to Habakkuk.

Dr. Dean also recommended the following books on Bible interpretation:
Protestant Biblical Interpretation: A Textbook of Hermeneutics by Bernard Ramm
Basic Bible Interpretation by Roy B. Zuck
Expository Hermeneutics: an Introduction by Elliot Johnson
Evangelical Hermeneutics: The New Versus the Old by Robert L. Thomas