"I saw that the word of God, as a whole, is a perfect chain, one portion linking into and explaining another"(EW.221). Any misinterpretation will break the "perfect chain"."Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any
For prophecy came not inold time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost" (2 Pet. 1: 20, 21).Prophecies given by the Holy Spirit must be explained by the Holy Spirit. "He shall teach you all things" (John 14: 26)."When He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth" (John 16: 13). Paul declared that he was taughtby the Holy Spirit: "Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the HolyGhost teacheth;
comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him, because they are
(1 Cor. 2: 13, 14). The Holy Spirit taughthim by guiding him to compare one Scripture with another: one verse not being sufficient on its own; rather, much studybeing required to bring together the links in the chain of truth. This procedure is not acceptable to "the natural man". Themore we yield to the Spirit's guidance the more we will-like the Pioneers of our Movement-employ this method of ascertaining the "perfect chain" of truth to be found in the Scriptures, and the less we will rely upon the method of "thenatural man" in merely reading a verse and giving his opinion of it. "We should make the Bible its own expositor"(TM.106). "Compare Scripture with Scripture" (TM.476). "The Bible is its own expositor. Scripture is to be comparedwith Scripture" (ED.190). "The Bible is its own interpreter, one passage explaining another" (4T.499).
THE UNIVERSALITY OF LAW
1.Laws of Science help scientific comprehension.2.Laws of Nature must be studied to learn the secrets of nature.3.Laws of Health are an essential study for healthful living.4.Laws of interpretation are infallible tests in studying Bible prophecies."There are great laws that govern the world of nature, and spiritual things are controlled by principles equallycertain" (9T.221).
GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION
– (1 Cor. 14: 33)"System and order are manifest in all the works of God throughout the universe. Order is the law of Heaven . . .Everything connected with Heaven is in perfect order" (TM.26, 29).Everything in nature is governed by laws or principles. Chemists, scientists working in all branches of naturalresearch, discover the laws with which God has endowed nature: the principles by which the Creator sustains His vastand complicated creation. Success comes as we discover and use the laws of God in the natural world: failure comesthrough a disregard of these laws. As never before, men now see that everything in nature is controlled by certain laws orprinciples. As the Bible has been inspired by God (2 Tim. 3: 16; 2 Pet. 1: 21, etc.), is it not reasonable to believe that theScriptures are based upon definite laws of interpretation which we must study and follow if we would obtain a trueunderstanding of the Word of God? How are the laws of nature discovered? By patient research. Similarly, he whopatiently and prayerfully searches the Scriptures, learns from his
that there are laws which govern in
the Word of truth". "Thou hast magnified Thy Word above all Thy name" (Ps. 138: 2). Thus we should expectto find that laws or principles of interpretation operate in the study of God's Word. As scientists have opened up manyrealms through discovering and applying the laws which operate throughout nature, so will we make importantdiscoveries from God's mine of truth if we heed the laws of interpretation. GOD'S WORD MUST BE RIGHTLYDIVIDED-this requires effort, patience."Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly
Word of truth" (2 Tim. 2: 15)."So the finder of heavenly treasure will count no labour too great and no sacrifice too dear, in order to gain thetreasures of truth. In the parable the field containing the treasure represents the Holy Scriptures . . . In types and symbolsthe great truths of redemption were veiled". Men are "too indolent to put themselves to diligent, earnest labour,represented in the Word as digging for hidden treasure". "Christ's words are truth, and they have a deeper significance