We will use the verse John 8:34.  When I first read it, I had conflicting thoughts.  I could not quite “get it”. So I determined to figure it hot.  Here is my way of studying about a particular verse.

 

  • 34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

    • This sounds bad, but lets look at it deeper. Deeper = studying. Not just reading.

      • I start with prayer. The Holy Spirit is the best source of truth! I pray for revelation. I pray that I will see the truth, not just what I want it to mean.

      • Then I look at the references verses that are in your Bible. Someone has done much of the work for you! I am so thankful for that!

        • Romans 6:16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?

        • vs. 20 When you were slaves to sin,you were free from the control of righteousness.

        • 1 John 3:8 one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

        • 2 Peter 2:19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.”

    • You can also look up the word in the Bible dictionary. I have downloaded a free program, e-sword. When you download it you get the King James Red + version. The plus is for the dictionary of every word. So you can look at the Greek or Hebrew word definition. These languages are very different from English. So I find it very helpful to look up the definition. For example here is the word committeth:

      • G4160 ποιέω poieō poy-eh’-o Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct): – abide, + agree, appoint, X avenge, + band together, be, bear, + bewray, bring (forth), cast out, cause, commit, + content, continue, deal, + without any delay, (would) do (-ing), execute, exercise, fulfil, gain, give, have, hold, X journeying, keep, + lay wait, + lighten the ship, make, X mean, + none of these things move me, observe, ordain, perform, provide, + have purged, purpose, put, + raising up, X secure, shew, X shoot out, spend, take, tarry, + transgress the law, work, yield. Compare G4238.

    • In addition, I go to the back of the Bible and I look up the word that I am trying to figure out and I read other scriptures that contain that word.

    • Another thing that helps me tremendously is looking at commentaries from others who have already did some studying on the same thing. I have books that are the whole Bible commentary by J. Vernon McGee. Also from Matthew Henry. My e-sword program has commentaries from more scholars.
    • I don’t agree with everything I read from people. But it is useful to make me think about things differently.
    • I, also, look at the whole chapter and sometimes the whole book before I make a final judgment. The Bible is the Word of God. God is changeless the Bible tells us. So He will not change His ways. So if He is saying, those who continue to sin are slaves to sin in one place, He will not say they are not in another. What He said 2000+ years ago, he still says!

    • Then I compare it with what other things I know from the Bible. Like all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. And that even after we are saved, we sin. So then I try to figure out the meaning.

    • In the end, I determined that this verse means someone who continue to sins, plans to sin, and are determined to sin, is a slave to sin. We who have been saved are like Paul. We are bond servants to Christ. We make ourselves slaves to Him. We may sin, but it is not what we want to do. We do not plan it. We want to live free of it!

    I hope this helps you to learn to study God’s Word. I believe it will be life changing for you if you have not “studied” but just read and listened. There is nothing like God speaking you to you and showing Himself to you!  It is glorious!