About The Bible Says

Our Vision at The Bible Says is to empower readers to fully access the Bible’s transcendent truths, to know the Creator of all things and follow the path to a completed and fulfilled life, by providing Bible commentary and study tools.

The Bible Says seeks to enrich your personal bible study, small group, church or micro-church by providing easy-to-navigate commentary covering every verse in the Bible. We seek to empower lay-people, ministry leaders, and all believers by providing tools that will assist in their spiritual growth by enhancing direct access to the Biblical text. You will be able to quickly zoom into a verse or verses, and then zoom out to see the chapter context, and even zoom out further to see the book and Biblical context. The word text comes from the Greek word textus, from which we get the word textile, as in a tapestry. We see the whole Bible as a beautiful tapestry. Like a tapestry you cannot see where each thread connects from the front of the tapestry. But from the backside of the tapestry we see that each thread connects to other parts of the work. Likewise, understanding and studying the Bible as a whole is very important, because every chapter and every verse was written with the intention that it be read in context. We will have a quick way for you to follow these “Tapestry Links”.

In order to get full benefit of studying the Bible, we recommend the following approach:

1) First, observe what is stated. “What does this say?” Look through the eyes of the author, and hear through the ears of the intended audience. Ask yourself “If I were there, what would I have heard?”

2) Only after observing what is said, interpret what it means. As humans, we are prone to begin with what we want to hear, then interpret what is said in a manner that supports what we had already concluded. There is little to be learned with this approach. The great gifts of the Bible become trite and meaningless if this approach is taken. After observing “What does it say?” Then ask “What does it mean?” As with step one, first ask “What would it have meant to those hearing?” “What would the author have desired the hearers to interpret?”

3) Step three is to then correlate your interpretation to test and see if it matches the surrounding context. Ask “Does this fit?” Does it fit the immediate context? Does it fit the greater context? Does it fit the broad context of the entire story arc of the Bible? If not, it is good to go back to step one, and focus on a greater level of observation.

4) The final step is to apply what you have understood. To address the question “How can I apply this in my life?” The stated goal of the Bible is that we be conformed to the image of Christ, the great hero of the story. So, in each engagement you have with the Bible, you are dealing with an infinite power source that can transform you into all God created you to become. The “word of God”. When we engage with God’s written word, and allow it to transform us, we are engaging with the living word, the indwelling Spirit that teaches and transforms us.