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We Are To Understand The Bible Alike? I

By: Gary Colley
Date: October 8, 2000
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There are many verses that teach all are to understand the Bible alike.  Jesus certainly made it clear that He intended for all to see His teaching alike.  He prayed, "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me (John 17:20-21)."  This oneness in understand would bring the unity for which Jesus prayed.  This oneness is impossible if we cannot understand the Bible alike!  Jesus says that a lack in understanding alike, will cause the world to not believe in Him!  Paul also wrote by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment (I Corinthians 1:10)."  To emphasize his belief that we can all understand the Bible alike, Paul said, ":Is Christ divided?  was Paul crucified for you?  or were ye baptized in the name of Paul (I Corinthians 1:13)?"  Paul's plea for "no divisions" should be our prayer and plea also.  Shame on the man or men who in their prayers thank God for religious division!  Paul likewise exhorts the Ephesian church of Christ, that they are to be "Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  There is one body, and one spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all (Ephesians 4:3-6)."  We not only can all understand alike, we must all understand alike, in order to please God here and go to Heaven at last!  The apostle John wrote, "Whosoever transgresseth (goes beyond what is written GC), and abide not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.  He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God-speed:  For he that biddeth him God-speed is partaker of his evil deeds (II John 1:9-11)."