Proverbs 30:5a, “Every word of God is flawless.

This portion of the text reminds me of the importance of God’s word in context. See there are three rules for Bible study: context, context, context. We need to have a biblical theology of God’s Word if we want to interpret it.

The opposite of this, poor Bible reading, is to have a deficient view of God’s Word. Worse than this is those who completely neglect the Bible and believe cliches and hearsay about Scripture, still others simply need a better framework for how to read the Bible.

Therefore, at the basic level, we need to know that:

1) Scripture is God’s Word: He is the ultimate author.

2) The Bible is a unified collection of writings by various human
authors.

3) There is one dominant subject of Scripture: Jesus Christ and
the salvation God offers through him.

We also need to know that the Bible is not:

1) A book of isolated sayings to help us get through
life.

2) A collection of separate books that can be read without reference
to the others.

The central story of Scripture is the salvation plan of God in Christ Jesus. As the story unfolds, we see how each passage fits with this picture theme of God’s kingdom and God’s promises.

As we understand this progression of God establishing a people, place, and blessing, we are able to make ties from Genesis to Revelation and find the Christ connections and gospel-driven applications. Then we can begin to see how all Scripture culminates in the restoration of God’s perfect King.

This is the hope we are all waiting for, and Scripture builds up to this glorious climax.