Spiritual Truth

Read Acts 8:31  “And the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over and join this chariot.’ So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ And he said, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.”

Read John 16:13   “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”

Don’t you find it interesting that the Ethiopian was reading the Scriptures even though he didn’t really understand? Let’s all be honest, at some point in our lives we have completely avoided reading the Bible because we didn’t understand what we were reading. The emergence of newer Bible translations has really helped those of us who struggle with understanding the King James version of the Bible. In fact, there are so many easy-to-read translations these days, there is no excuse anymore for us not to read our Bibles. However, a recent LifeWay Research study found only 45 percent of those who regularly attend church read the Bible more than once a week. Over 40 percent of the people attending read their Bible occasionally, maybe once or twice a month. Almost 1 in 5 churchgoers say they never read the Bible—essentially the same number who read it every day.

And here is this Ethiopian man, who wasn’t even allowed to worship in public because he was a eunuch, and he was reading the book of Isaiah out loud. This man was searching for God. His heart was certainly ready to be taught and his spirit ready to be fed spiritual truth. He longed to know the truth enough to invite a perfect stranger, walking along a dusty road, to ride in his chariot with him and teach him about what he was reading. And Philip’s heart was ready to oblige. He had the knowledge and the desire to follow the Spirit’s leading. 

Where do you fit in the statistics? Are you part of the 45 percent of Christians who read their Bibles more than once a week? If you have the desire to read and study more, what specific steps can you take to spend more time in the Word?

Do you understand what you are reading in the Word of God? Pray and ask God to lead you to a good Bible study, whether in a group or on your own. There are many different methods to study Scripture. 

Ask a pastor or teacher from Pinnacle to help you learn, they’re just like Philip, eager to share!