Studying the Word of God is Like the Study of Chemistry – L. Lyons

To find the spiritual context and meaning of the Word of God is a study of putting together a series of concepts to form a conception and reality of the message. It brings forth a unique message, and it reveals the character of the Living God. From this reflection of the Living God, light is projected onto man for understanding. From this light he can compare and contrast his own character, and how it measures up to his creator. This illumination to the mind of man is nonjudgmental and impartial. It gives total freedom for man to pursue his own course, to either accept or reject the reality presented to him, or her. God in His infinite love and wisdom, always seeks to draw man to Him.

The student of the Book should approach the Word like the study of Chemistry. They must first learn the building blocks which form the basis of the discipline. Words like salvation, Jesus, and faith are like elements from the periodic table of chemistry. This is also called the periodic law. The elements exist in set proportions. They are unchangeable. They sustain life. They can induce death.

As the chemistry student learns and studies the chemical elements they begin to see they are more complex and can be broken down further into electrons and recurring chemical properties. Similarly, the spiritual properties of the Word can be broken down from a natural meaning. For example; “God’s word is alive and working. It is sharper than the sharpest sword and cuts all the way into us. It cuts deep to the place where the soul and the spirit are joined. God’s word cuts to the center of our joints and our bones. It judges the thoughts and feelings in our hearts” (Heb 4:12). This scripture verse can only have a spiritual connotation. It speaks of God’s Word convicting our moral conscience and making us aware of our shortcomings. But it also puts forth the proposition that man has a living soul and spirit. That man does not just evaporate or dissipate into nothing when he dies. It also states that the Word is “alive”. It is not a newspaper article that will eventually become irreverent or turn to dust. It is dynamic, living, breathing and going forth.

As the student of the Word delves deeper into the book, they begin to see concepts and illustrations that appear throughout the entire text. Much as the chemistry student sees the elements form into compounds. The common bond between the two is that there is a law or principle involved that is steadfast and unchangeable. Much like a chemistry bond, the spiritual Word requires an agreement for the circumstances to occur. For example; “Two people will not walk together unless they have agreed to do so” (Amo 3:3). So the spiritual meaning is first, God and a human must have a understanding to join and have a relationship. Secondly, a human has to be agreed to join and have a relationship with another human being.

As the chemistry student advances into chemical compounds they are able to put together compounds to form reactions. These compounds are a pure chemical substance consisting of two or more different chemical elements. The spiritual elements of the Word consist of two main components, Love and Truth. “Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost but have eternal life” (Joh 3:16). So firstly, God loves,(“..God Loved”). Secondly, God gives truth (..”who believes”).

By following these two pure substances, Love and Truth, the Word of God is unlocked to provide a plethora of beauty that never ceases or dies. Like an endless field of wildflowers of such diversity that it extends into eternity. “Now faith [ Love and Truth] is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1).

Truly the Word of God is a spiritual book, and must be systematically studied to unlock it’s treasures.

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