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The Foundation of Biblical Research
-- Jeff, Sunday 04-01-2007, 9:30 pm CDT

God bless you and welcome to the Biblical Research Journal. The idea of Biblical research is at odds with many preconceived notions popular nowadays. To a lot of folks, putting the term "research" in association with the word "Bible" seems like an unlikely combination.

The premise of this journal is simple: that the Bible, as originally revealed, is the Word of God. This is not a proposition we are going to debate. The Word of God needs no propping up by our meager efforts. Our aim is not, by our own lights, to pull the Scriptures down to our level of misunderstanding. Not when the Apostle Paul in II Timothy 2:7 has entreated -- for our benefit right now as well as for Timothy's back then -- that:

...the Lord [Jesus Christ] give thee understanding in all things.

Our aim is, in the footsteps of Timothy, to seek the Lord Jesus Christ -- who is the living Word of God -- asking him to give us understanding in all things; asking him to lift us up to the level where he sits, on the right hand of God.

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If the Bible is what it claims to be, the Word of God -- if it is -- then its research would have to yield results at least as accurate and useful as the results from any other field. For if the God who created the universe and everything in it were to communicate in written form, surely His Word would not be less accurate or less useful than what can be discovered by researching His design of the natural world.

Psalm 138:2 says, "For Thou [God] hast magnified Thy word above all Thy name." That's why the results of Biblical research are more reliable, weighty, relevant and sure than those from any other field. For when the Bible is studied from the inside out -- when it is allowed to speak according to its own inherent integrity and its own unerring truth -- its mathematical accuracy and scientific precision come unmistakably into view along with its matchless truths.

The truths that the Word of God reveals makes Biblical research a voyage of discovery. For, like an explorer embarking to discover a new land, like a scientist designing experiments to test his or her hypothesis, like an athlete striving to discover his or her limits, the workman of the Word of God sets sail to discover God's will.

II Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

This right dividing of God's Word does not happen by osmosis. It does not happen by putting our Bibles under our pillows at night and sleeping on them, or by carrying them to a church building every Sunday morning and Wednesday night, or by keeping accurate records in the "Births" and "Deaths" sections that the publisher provides inside the front cover. It happens because the workman of God's Word works. He or she must study.

This right dividing is possible because the original revelation was perfect -- given, according to II Peter 1:21, when "holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." This is God's Word we are dealing with, more sure than tomorrow's sunrise.

The workman's job is to study how the Scripture -- by its own inherent and inerrant perfection -- divides itself and thereby fits together. The workman's sole concern must be to get back to the truth of God's Word. This cannot be accomplished by heeding the opinions of men. To find out what God says, it is the Scripture we must study.

Hosea 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

What is the will of God for our prayer life? For our fellowship with our Father and with the Lord Jesus Christ? For our walk as children of God and ambassadors for Christ in this dark world? What does God promise His people spiritually, mentally, physically, financially?

To find out we're going to have to rightly divide the Word of truth. Why? Because it would be as impossible to know what God has to say and what God wants without listening to Him as it would be to know what you have to say and what you want without listening to you. Someone could run around town and ask your family, friends and neighbors, but why not talk to you?

The purpose of this journal is not to provide yet another forum for men's opinions. The purpose of Biblical research -- and of this Biblical Research Journal -- is to allow the Word of God to speak.

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These principles are not new to many of our readers, especially those who sat under the teaching ministry of Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille (1916-1985) as students in his classes on Power for Abundant Living, as Word Over the World Ambassadors and as Way Corps. To the degree, by God's mercy and grace, that this journal succeeds the debt owed to him will be immense to say the least.

Because he spent the necessary years, sweat and tears rediscovering so many truths, keys and principles from the Word of God, we don't have to. I, for one, would be light years away from knowing anything about God's rightly-divided Word had he not blazed the trail. His work as a master teacher of God's Word and the genuinely-apostolic character of his life and ministry -- in the face of all comers during his lifetime and since -- remain self-evident.

To embark upon an endeavor whose goal is, in some small way, to build on his legacy is not something we take lightly at the Biblical Research Journal. We count it a privilege beyond compare.

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The title of this "welcome" essay is "The Foundation of Biblical Research." So what's the foundation?

I Corinthians 3:10-13
According to the grace of God which is given unto me [the Apostle Paul], as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay stubble;

Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

If we're going to build a skyscraper we'd better -- first thing if we want it to remain standing -- dig deep, so that we can lay the foundation down into the bedrock. According to I Corinthians 3 there is one -- and only one -- foundation. It is a foundation that has been cemented eternally into the infinite bedrock of God Almighty. His name is Jesus Christ. He is the foundation, not just for Biblical research, but for all of life. By him God has…

II Timothy 1:9
...saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began...

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We welcome comments and suggestions, especially concerning our workmanship on the Word of truth. If this Biblical Research Journal turns out to be at all helpful in your own study as a workman of that Word, we will count it a worthwhile endeavor.

We look forward to the many adventures toward which we're bound during the voyages of discovery on which we will embark together in these pages.

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