One way to
study the Bible is to take one word and follow it up with
of a concordance.
Or take just one word that runs through a book. Some time ago I was wonderfully blessed by taking the seven "Blesseds" of the Revelation. If God did not wish us to understand the book of Revelation, He would not have given it to us at all. A good many say it is so dark and mysterious that common readers cannot understand it. Let us only keep digging away at it, and it will unfold itself by and by. Some one says it is the only book in the Bible that tells about the devil being chained; and as the devil knows that, he goes up and down Christendom and says, "It is no use your reading Revelation, you can not understand the book; it is too hard for you." The fact is he does not want you to understand about his own defeat. Just look at the blessings the book contains:
Take the six "precious" things in Peter's Epistles.
And the seven "walks" of the Epistle to the Ephesians.
And the five "much mores" of Romans 5.
Or the two "receiveds" of John 1.
Or the seven "hearts" in Proverbs 23, and especially an eighth.Or "the fear of the Lord" in Proverbs:
gave me some key words recently. He said Peter wrote about Hope:
"When the Chief Shepherd shall appear." The keynote of Paul's
writings seemed to be Faith, and that of John's, Love. "Faith, hope and
charity," these were the characteristics of the three men, the keynotes
the whole of their teachings. James wrote of Good Works, and Jude of
In the general epistles of Paul someone suggested the phrase "in Christ." In the book of Romans we find justification by faith in Christ. Corinthians presents sanctification in Christ. The book of Galatians, adoption or liberty in Christ. Ephesians presents fullness in Christ. Philippians, consolation in Christ. In Colossians we have completeness in Christ. Thessalonians gives us hope in Christ.
Different systems of key words are published by Bible scholars, and it is a good thing for every one to know one system or other.