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Biblical Exegesis:

For those unfamiliar with the term, 'exegesis' is the critical exposition or explanation of a text. When we talk about biblical exegesis we are referring to the conclusions reached about doctrine, context, and content of scripture after careful study.

As Christians we are commanded in scripture to study diligently the Word of God so we can be effective workers for His Kingdom in whatever capacity we find ourselves. Failure to properly study the scriptures and come to solid conclusions concerning its meaning puts as at a disadvantage. We cannot be as effective if we are not properly equipped!


2 Timothy 2:15
"Study [be diligent] to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."


Doctors cannot be effective and content with the knowledge of one procedure or one isolated body part--that sort of shallow understanding is worthless when it comes to saving lives. To be a good doctor, learning must continue, and understanding must be thorough. New and improved procedures should be learned; new research should be taken into account; medicines must be researched and integrated into the physician's arsenal. A doctor who understands the intricate details of the body and how those systems interrelate will spot diseases quickly, diagnose more accurately, and treat far better than a doctor who knows the bare minimum required to attain his medical degree.

We can all appreciate the need for diligence in the medical profession. If continued learning is foundational to those responsible for the health of the physical body, how much more should we seek to continue learning and growing in understanding of the eternal things of God--things that we ALL are responsible for?

Why then do we so often neglect the in-depth study of scriptures, instead deferring to the conclusions of others without the slightest concern as to how they conducted their exegesis?

Here is an overview of proper biblical exegesis. Ask yourself this: is my understanding of the Gospel firmly grounded in good exegesis, or am I merely following men? Do I KNOW through careful study what it is I believe, or have I simply absorbed the teachings presented to me without diligently searching it out for myself? Am I following William Branham's interpretation of the the Scriptures, or am I following the Truth of the Scriptures?