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Doctrine of Importance of Bible Study

January 15, 2011

Doctrine of the Importance of Bible Study

1.  The New testament concept of edification is derived from four related Greek
terms:
a.  oikodomeo – to build a structure of some sort: house, building, tomb, tower,
etc: I Pt.2:5
b.  oikodome – the structure itself: Eph.4:12,16
c.  oikodomia – the process or result of building: I Tim.1:4 (tr: “provision”)
d.  oikodomos – the builder, contractor: Mt.21:42, Acts 4:11.

2.  Edification means to “build up.”

3.  As it relates to the Christian Way of Life, edification refers to five different
things:
a.  Edification complex of the soul – Eph.3:17-19, 4:12-15 cp. Mt.7:24-27
b.  Adding new believers to the Church body – Eph.2:21, 4:12
c.  Training up believers to maturity – Eph.4:12,16
d.  Spiritual gifts – I Cor.14:26, II Cor.10:8, 13:10
E.  Resurrection body – II Cor.5:1-4.

4.  Some of the means by which believers are edified include:
a.  Correct use of spiritual gifts – Eph.4:11,12, I Cor.12:4-6 (“common good”),
Eph.4:11 (evangelism edifies the unbeliever; cf. I Cor.14:22)
b.  Filling of the Spirit – Gal.5:22 w/ICor.8:1 cp. Eph.5:18
c.  Bible doctrine – Mt.16:18, II Cor.12:19, 13:10
d.  Divine good – Eph.2:10, Col.1:10
e.  Salt talk – Eph.4:15,29, Col.4:6, II Cor.12:19
f.  Correct use of authority – II Cor.10:8, 13:10
g.  Grace mindset – I Cor.8:1 (love), 12:31 13:13, Eph.4:2 cf. Rom.12:9-21, etc.

5.  Some things specifically stated not to edify:
a.  Temporary spiritual gifts being used today – I Cor.14:4,17 cp. 13:8-10
b.  Bible doctrine without a Grace mindset (love) – I Cor.8:1, 13:1-3
c.  False doctrine – I Tim.1:3,4, I Jn.4:1-6
d.  Human good – Isa.64:6 (“stinks”)
e.  The seven worst sins – Prov.6:16-19 (“abomination”).

6.  Believers are instructed to edify their neighbor, believer and unbeliever, alike:
Rom.15:2 (Gk: plesios = anyone close by).

7.  Believers are specifically instructed to edify other believers: Rom.14:19 (Gk:
allelos = one another of the same kind).

8.  Tactical objective: “Let us pursue the things that make for peace and the
building up of one another:” Rom.14:19, II Cor.12:19 cf. Acts 9:31.

9.  Strategic objective: “Let all things be done for edification:” I Cor.14:26b, II
Cor.13:10.

10. Ultimate objective: “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God:” I Cor.10:31.