Can individuals understand the Bible?

//Can individuals understand the Bible?

(Question #7) Can individuals read & understand the Bible alone, or do they need an organization and it’s publications to do so?

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Since the time when God made a covenant with Abraham Jehovah’s purpose has always been in connection with an organization of people. The nation of Israel accomplished the initial phase and Christ’s congregation will be used to bring about the completion. In connection with the Christian organization, one of its organizers, the apostle Paul, explained that God gave gifts in men in the form of prophets and evangelizers and teachers for the purpose of building up the body of Christ. 

So, even if it were possible that someone read and understood the Bible on their own, unless they were in some way connected to Christ’s congregation they could not really accomplish anything. Jesus explained it this way, saying: “Remain in union with me, and I will remain in union with you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, neither can you unless you remain in union with me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever remains in union with me and I in union with him, this one bears much fruit; for apart from me you can do nothing at all. If anyone does not remain in union with me, he is thrown out like a branch and dries up. And men gather those branches and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” John 15

2015-08-04T16:58:56+00:00 November 21st, 2014|Answers|1 Comment
  • James 1:5
    5 So if any one of you is lacking in wisdom, let him keep asking God, for he gives generously to all and without reproaching, and it will be given him.

    Luke 11:9
    9 So I say to you, keep on asking, and it will be given you; keep on seeking, and you will find; keep on knocking, and it will be opened to you.

    Hebrews 4:12
    12 For the word of God is alive and exerts power and is sharper than any two-edged sword and pierces even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of joints from the marrow, and is able to discern thoughts and intentions of the heart.

    2 Peter 1:21
    21 For prophecy was at no time brought by man’s will, but men spoke from God as they were moved by holy spirit.

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