I began studying the Bible immediately after I was saved in 1998. It would take a staggering 11 years before they would teach me one principal that would make the Bible much easier to understand.
If you are like me you don’t want to be dependent upon someone else to teach me everything I know about God.
So what did they teach me 11 years after being saved? I learned the importance of recognizing a descriptive Bible passage and it purpose. This made it much easier to understand the Bible and avoid many doctrinal and denominational errors that I had been previously taught.
The purpose of a descriptive Bible passage is to tell you what happened. Failiing to understand this will lead us to many errors.
John 20:26 ESV Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”
Failing to understand the primary purpose of this text has lead many preachers to teach that when we are resurrected we will be able to walk through walls as well.
Was the primary purpose of this text to explicitly teach us anything about walking through walls? No, it seems evident that the primary purpose was to describe the moment Jesus appeared to his disciples post crucifixion.
Does the passage even say Jesus walked though a wall? No, it says, “The doors were locked, and Jesus came and stood among them”. No mention of walking through a wall, maybe Jesus came and knocked on the door and he entered standing among them. Maybe emphasizing a locked door was highlighting the fear the disciples felt in Jerusalem after Jesus was murdered.
We do know that this verse doesn’t explicitly teach anything about us but describes amazing post resurrection reunion of Jesus and his disciples. Proving to them that he truly is the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father (John 14:6).
I know that if Jesus wanted to walk through a wall he could do so with ease. He might give us that ability as well one day, but this descriptive passage doesn’t teach us this.
After learning about descriptive passages I quickly understand why there are so many different denominations teaching many different versions of salvation. Of all things to get right salvation is surely the most important.