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T he Bible W hat the Bible Is W hat the Bible is Able to Do How the Bible Should be Used Compiled By: Tom Cantor President, Founder and CEO Scantibodies Laboratory, Inc. Scantibodies Clinical Laboratory

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The BibleW hat the Bible Is

W hat the Bible is Able to Do

How the Bible Should be Used

Compiled By:

Tom CantorPresident, Founder and CEOScantibodies Laboratory, Inc.Scantibodies Clinical Laboratory

The Bible

What the Bible Is

(Psalm 68:11 page 778 ot) The Lord gave the word...

What is the ultimate origin of the Bible?

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If “gave” is the verb, think of the what the nounis. Because the Lord gave the Bible, what does thatmake the Bible?

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(II Timothy 3:16 page 303 nt) All scripture is given

by inspiration of God...

There were 40 different men who penned the Bible.What happened to those men that made them ableto write books in the Bible?

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(II Peter 1:21 page 332 nt) For the prophecy came

not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of

God spake as they weremoved by the Holy Ghost.

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How did the Bible not come to be written?

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What were the writers of the Bible called?

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Think of the word “moved” like a sailboat that isdriven with the wind. What happened to the writersof the Bible that caused them to write the Bible?

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Who caused the Bible to be written?

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(I Samuel 3:7 page 383 ot) Now Samuel did not yetknow the LORD, neither was the word of the LORDyet revealed unto him.

When Samuel was a little boy, who did Samuel not know?

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When Samuel was a little boy, what did Samuel notknow because it was not yet revealed to him?

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Why didn’t Samuel know the Bible when he was alittle boy?

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Who would later reveal the Bible to Samuel?

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What goes hand-in-hand with having the Biblerevealed?

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(Matthew 11:25 page 18 nt) At that time Jesusanswered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lordof heaven and earth, because thou hast hid thesethings from the wise and prudent, and hastrevealed them unto babes.

What happened to those who saw themselves as theexperts or “the wise and prudent”?

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What happened to those who saw themselves as“babes” when it comes to spiritual things?

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Who hid the true meaning of the Bible from thewise and prudent and revealed it to babes?

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What power is described that the Father has whohid the true meaning of the Bible from the wise andprudent and revealed it to babes?

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(I Corinthians 2:14 page 238 nt) But the naturalman receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:for they are foolishness unto him: neither can heknow them, because they are spiritually discerned.

What is the description of the person who does notreceive the things of the Spirit of God or what theBible teaches?

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How does the Bible appear to the natural man?

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Why does the natural man think the Bible is foolish?

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What ability does the natural man not have to enablehim to receive and value the Bible?

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What is another word for “discernment”?

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(2 Corinthians 3:6 page 256 nt) Who hath alsomadeus able ministers of the new testament; not of theletter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but thespirit giveth life.

Some people know the Bible very well, but are stilldead in their sins having never received the LordJesus Christ as their personal Savior. What does theletter of the Bible alone do?

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What does the Spirit of God do?

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Who is necessary to have in order to get life fromthe Bible?

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(John 5:39 page 139 nt) Search the scriptures;for in them ye think ye have eternal life: andthey are they which testify of me.

Of whom does the Scripture testify?

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If the Lord Jesus Christ is the overriding subject ofthe Bible, then what goal should we have wheneverwe read the Bible?

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If a person rejects or ignores the Lord Jesus Christ,what will that person never be able to understand?

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(Isaiah 55:9-11 page 937 ot) For as the heavens arehigher than the earth, so are my ways higher thanyour ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.For as the rain cometh down, and the snow fromheaven, and returneth not thither, but watereththe earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, thatit may give seed to the sower, and bread to theeater: so shall my word be that goeth forth out ofmy mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but itshall accomplish that which I please, and it shallprosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

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Who is speaking in these verses?

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Are God's ways and thoughts the same as man'sways and thoughts?

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What is used as an analogy to express how muchhigher God's ways and thoughts are from man'sways and thoughts?

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Think of the Bible as a revelation of God's ways andthoughts. What is the Bible able to do for our waysand thoughts?

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What words in these verses tell us that the Biblecomes directly from God?

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What words in these verses tell us that God sendsHis Word or the Bible with particular purposes?

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What words in these verses tell us that God will besuccessful to achieve His purposes for sending HisBible or Word to man?

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As analogies to God sending His Bible to earth,what else does God send to earth and what pur-poses do they accomplish?

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What the Bible is Able to Do

(I Peter 2:2 page 327 nt) As newborn babes, desire thesincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

Who is being addressed in this verse?

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What command is given to the “newborn babes”?

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Think of the word, “sincere” as “without fault ordeception.” What is the Bible called?

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What is the Bible stated as being able to do?

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What is the goal of a newborn babe or a person whohas just received the Lord Jesus Christ as personalSaviour?

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(Matthew 4:4 page 6 nt) But he answered and said, Itis written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but byevery word that proceedeth out of themouth of God.

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This passage is from when the Lord Jesus Christwas addressing the devil who was tempting him inthe wilderness. What did the Lord Jesus Christ useas His authority?

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What did God tell man was not enough for him tolive by?

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What does man need to live spiritually?

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How is each word in the Bible to be viewed?

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(Psalm 119:105 page 816 ot) Thy word is a lampunto my feet, and a light unto my path.

For what is the Bible useful?

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What is the difference between a “lamp to the feet”and “a light to the path”?

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(Psalm 17:4 page 746 ot) Concerning the works ofmen, by the word of thy lips I have keptme fromthe paths of the destroyer.

How is the Bible described?

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We have a destroyer whose name is the devil.He oftentimes works through others and isconstantly trying to lure us into traps to destroy us.What is a benefit of the Bible?

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(Psalm 119:11 page 813 ot) Thy word have I hid inmine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

What did the Psalmist do with the Bible?

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How would you practically hide God’s Word in yourheart?

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Why did the Psalmist hide God’s Word in his heart?

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(Psalm 119:9 page 813 ot) Wherewithal shall ayoung man cleanse his way? by taking heedthereto according to thy word.

What need is addressed in this verse?

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How is that need met?

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What is the difference between “reading” and “heeding”?

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(II Timothy 3:16-17 page 303 nt) All scripture isgiven by inspiration of God, and is profitable fordoctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instructionin righteousness: That the man of God may beperfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

What four ways does the Bible benefit us?

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Which word in this verse tells us that the Bible tellsus what is true and false, right and wrong?

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When we have done wrong, which word tells us thatthe Bible will tell us when we are wrong?

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After we know we are wrong, which word tells usthat the Bible will show us how to get straightenedout?

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After we get straightened out, which word tells usthat the Bible will help us to not fall again?

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(Hebrews 4:12-13, page 310 nt) For the word ofGod is quick, and powerful, and sharper than anytwoedged sword, piercing even to the dividingasunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints andmarrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts andintents of the heart. Neither is there any creaturethat is not manifest in his sight: but all things arenaked and opened unto the eyes of him with whomwe have to do.

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Think of the word “quick” as meaning “alive.” Whatmakes the Bible different from any other book andnot just like any other ordinary book?

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When the Bible is described as “powerful, andsharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even tothe dividing asunder,” what is the Bible describedas being able to do?

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When the Bible is described as being “a discerner ofthe thoughts and intents of the heart,” how wouldyou describe the word “discerner”?

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Since Jeremiah 17:9 (page 972 ot) describes ourhearts as deceptive or tricking us, what part of theabove verse tells us that we need the Bible in orderto prevent self-deception?

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Since every creature is exposed and transparentbefore the Creator (the author of the Bible) what isthe Bible able to do for us?

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(Ephesians 6:17 page 279 nt) And take the helmetof salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which isthe word of God:

Our enemy, the devil, is a spiritual person. What isthe offensive weapon called that we are told to useagainst our enemy?

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What is that weapon?

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How the Bible Should be Used

(John 6:63 page 141 nt) It is the spirit thatquickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: thewords that I speak unto you, they are spirit, andthey are life.

The word “quickeneth” means “to make alive.”Who makes us alive?

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What is contrasted with the life-giving Spirit and issaid to have no profit for man?

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Which words of the Bible bring us spiritual life?

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(John 7:17 page 142 nt) If any man will do hiswill, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it beof God, or whether I speak of myself.

How can a person really know for himself if theBible is the Word of God?

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Onwhose behalf was the Lord Jesus Christ speaking?

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(I Timothy 4:13 page 298 nt) Till I come, giveattendance to reading...

What should be done with the Bible?

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What words indicate that keeping up with regularBible reading requires discipline?

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(Revelation 1:3 page 343 nt) Blessed is he that readeth,and they that hear the words of this prophecy, andkeep those things which are written therein...

What are the three steps to follow to get the mostfrom the Bible?

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What is the difference between “reading,” “hearing”and “keeping” the words of the Bible?

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(Psalm 119:18 page 814 ot) Open thou mine eyes,that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

What should be done before reading the Bible?

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What do we want to see in the Bible?

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What needs to happen to our spiritual eyes in orderto see wondrous things from the Bible?

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Who is able to open our spiritual eyes so that wecan behold wondrous things out of the Bible?

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(II Corinthians 3:12 page 257 nt) Seeing then thatwe have such hope, we use great plainness ofspeech:

If the plain sense makes good sense, seek no othersense. How should we assume that the Bible is written?

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It is not that we can understand every part of theBible. But, for what we do understand, why is theBible written with great plainness of speech?

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(Proverbs 4:4 page 834 ot) He taught me also, andsaid unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keepmy commandments, and live.

God personally and tenderly teaches us through theBible. What is God’s goal when He teaches us?

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Why should we obey God?

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What must we do in order to get the best benefitfrom the Bible?

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(II Timothy 2:15 page 301 nt) Study to shew thyselfapproved unto God, a workman that needeth not tobe ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

What must we do with the Bible?

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Who are we to please when we study the Bible?

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What word in the verse indicates that studying theBible will be work and will require discipline?

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If we do not do a good job in studying the Bible, ofwhat are we in danger?

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What should we be able to do when we have studiedthe Bible well?

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(Joshua 1:8 page 301 ot) This book of the law shallnot depart out of thymouth; but thou shaltmeditatetherein day and night, that thou mayest observe todo according to all that is written therein: for thenthou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thoushalt have good success.

What should be the topic of much of our talk?

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What are we to do therein “day and night?”

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What is the goal or what should be done as a resultof constantly speaking about and meditating onthe Bible?

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Think of meditation as a cow chewing the cud.What is the goal of meditating on the Bible?

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What can we expect to happen to us if we meditateon the Bible with a goal of obeying it?

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(I Timothy 4:15 page 298 nt) Meditate upon thesethings; give thyself wholly to them;

What should we do when we meditate on the Bible?

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(Psalm 1:1-3 page 739 ot) Blessed is the man thatwalketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, norstandeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in theseat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law

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of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate dayand night. And he shall be like a tree planted bythe rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit inhis season; his leaf also shall not wither; andwhatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Think of the word “blessed” as “happy.” In whatpart of the ungodly is the happy man not to walk?

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What is another word for counsel?

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In what part of sinners is that happyman not to stand?

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What is another word for way?

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What is the happy man not to do with the scornful?

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What is another word for scornful?

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Instead of walking in the counsel of the ungodly,standing in the way of sinners, or sitting in the seat ofthe scornful, what is the delight of the happyman?

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What does the happy man do with the Bible?

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To what does this passage liken the happy man?

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What is the advantage of “a tree planted by therivers of water?”

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What happens to the person who meditates in theBible?

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What does not happen to the person who meditatesin the Bible?

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For prayer or more information on becominga Child of God through believing in theLord Jesus Christ, contact the author,

Tom Cantor, at:

[email protected](619) 258-9300 • 1-800-279-9181

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