Men did not meet together to pick and choose what would be called the Bible. All books of Scripture were immediately accepted as the Word of God.
People did not wonder if the letter to the Galatians was Scripture. They recognized it as such immediately.
Early church fathers cited passages in the New Testament as Scripture before the Council of Hippo in 419 where the canon was defended as the complete Word of God. Additions were rejected.
Before this council, Constantine had fifty copies made of the New Testament. The New Testament was already in place. The council merely confirmed it to stop heretics who were trying to add books that were not part of the canon.
The Holy Spirit illuminates the Word of God for us. He reveals and teaches us new things every time we open His Book, if we ask Him.
Exegesis is the science and art of interpreting the Scriptures.
Although liberal theologians would have us interpret the Bible allegorically with supposed “hidden meanings,” the Bible should be taken quite literally.
There are not several different meanings for each passage.
The Scripture says what it means and means what it says.
It is important to read, study, and know the entire Word of God so that all we read is taken in context of the passage, the book, and the entire Bible.
When we memorize verses and passages, we are able to avoid sin. (Psalm 119:9-11) When we meditate on God’s Word, the result is bearing fruit, prospering, and health. (Psalm 1)
When we meditate on Scripture day and night and obey it, we will experience success. (Joshua 1) Jesus “washes us with water” through the Word. Scripture washes away the crud in our lives. (Ephesians 5:25-27)
The Word of God is living, powerful, and active. (Hebrews 4:12)
So dig in and enjoy God's Word!
Merey (Meredith Ludwig Curtis)