Reader’s Guide

The Aionian Bible republishes public domain and Creative Common Bible texts that are 100% free to copy and print. The original translation is unaltered and inline notes are appended to help your study. The inline notes show the location of ten special Greek and Hebrew Aionian Glossary words to help us better understand God’s love for individuals and for all mankind, and the nature of afterlife destinies.

Who has the authority to interpret the Bible and examine the underlying Hebrew and Greek words? That is a good question! We read in 1 John 2:27, "As for you, the anointing which you received from him remains in you, and you don’t need for anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, you will remain in him." Every Christian is qualified to interpret the Bible! Now that does not mean we will all agree. Each of us is still growing in our understanding of the truth. However, it does mean that there is no infallible human or tradition to answer all our questions. Instead the Holy Spirit helps each of us to know the truth and grow closer to God and each other.

The Bible is a library with sixty-six books in the Protestant Canon. So the primary method used to learn God’s word is to read whole books. Topical studies and cross-referencing can be good. However, the primary method to learn God’s word is to read entire Bible books. Read the book of Genesis. Read the book of John. Read the entire Bible library. Also chapter and verse numbers were added for convenience in the 16th century, but they can cause the Bible to seem like an encyclopedia. This is unfortunate because the Bible is a library of books and reading entire books beginning to end is the best way to learn. The Aionian Bible is intentionally formatted to promote Bible reading.

Bible reading must also begin with prayer. Any Christian is qualified to interpret the Bible with God’s help. However, this freedom is also a responsibility because without the Holy Spirit we cannot interpret accurately. We read in 1 Corinthians 2:13-14, "We also speak these things, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual things. Now the natural man doesn’t receive the things of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to him, and he can’t know them, because they are spiritually discerned." So we cannot understand in our natural self, but we can with God’s help through prayer.

Finally, Bible reading must apply common rules of interpretation. The Holy Spirit is the best writer and he uses literary devices such as outlines, introductions, conclusions, paragraphs, metaphors, and more. He also writes various genres including historical narrative, prose, poetry, and song. So the Bible must be spiritually discerned and also interpreted with an understanding of literature. The best strategy for Bible study is to pray, read, observe, interpret, and apply. Finally, "Give diligence to present yourself approved by God, a workman who doesn’t need to be ashamed, properly handling the Word of Truth." 2 Timothy 2:15.