Deductive Reasoning With The Scriptures
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. You have to be honest (Luke 8:15 and II Peter 3:15-17) and reasonable when approaching the Scriptures to see the necessary conclusions in God’s word (Matthew 22:23-33; verse 32 in particular).
1. Good reasoning with the Scriptures will not always mean people will agree with the right conclusions (Acts 17:1-4).
2. The ability to discern comes from spiritual maturity (Hebrews 5:12-14).
B. To grow spiritually you have to be willing to dig into the Scriptures rather than just read them (Proverbs 2:1-9 and John 5:39).
1. You have to test your studied conclusions and only hold to that which is good (I Thessalonians 5:21).
2. Don’t draw unnecessary conclusions (i.e. John 21:20-23).
II. Body: We’re going to examine how to form conclusions by knowing what a Scripture CANNOT be saying (i.e. Acts 11:1-18; cf. Ephesians 2:11-13). That means we have to be sure there is NO ROOM for another conclusion (i.e. John 9:32-33).
A. The idea of an eternal earth (Genesis 13:15, Psalms 25:12-13, and Matthew 5:5).
1. After reading Matthew 24:35-36 and II Peter 3:10 I KNOW that statements like “forever’” have to be understood in a similar manner as a man telling his wife “I will love you forever” (knowing that he is going to die and there is no marriage in heaven).
2. I can also study and see that “for ever” doesn’t literally mean “eternal” (I Kings 8:12-13; cf. Acts 17:24, etc.).
B. Christians able to perform miracles (Mark 16:15-20 and Acts 5:12).
1. No Scripture outright says “miracles will end at this date”. Though, the Scriptures do say they will cease when “that which is perfect is come” (I Corinthians 13:8-10).
a. That which is perfect is certainly referring to the Scriptures being completely revealed, as the Scriptures are perfect (James 1:25).
b. The Scriptures fully equip is wherein miracles were “in part” (II Timothy 3:15-17).
2. Deeper studies prove that miracles cannot exist today because of how one obtained the ability to perform miracles…
a. The Holy Spirit enabled men to perform miracles (I Corinthians 12:1-11).
b. The Holy Spirit was given by Holy Spirit baptism (Acts 1:8; 2:1-4), but that has ceased (Ephesians 4:5; cf. I Peter 3:20-21).
c. The Holy Spirit was given through the laying on of Apostle’s hands (Acts 8:13-24 and Acts 19:1-7), but there are no more Apostles (Acts 1:22 and I Corinthians 15:7-8).
C. The Bible commands us to be hospitable (Romans 12:13 and I Peter 4:9), but does that mean to everyone?
1. Some would say yes because we’re to “entertain strangers” (Hebrews 13:1-2).
2. Yet, other Scriptures show we have to know some things about even “strangers” and not to just allow everyone into our homes (I John 4:1 and II John 9-11).
D. We have to make sure that our reasoning is sound and takes all things into consideration (Mark 8:14-21).
1. Some Scriptures have a teaching that is deeper than the wording reveals if someone is ignorant. For example, someone could read Mark 12:35-37 and say Jesus is not a descendant of David which would be a false conclusion.
2. What Jesus was teaching was not a denial of His coming from the seed of David (Matthew 1:1), but that He is the deity (Matthew 1:23, Romans 9:1-5, Hebrews 1:8-12, and I John 3:16).
III. Conclusion: Let’s be sure not to err as we handle aright the word of God with sound, honest, studied conclusions (II Timothy 2:14-18).
© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager