The below article, taken from the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible, has proven to be useful to my understanding of the Bible time and again. I pray it would also be invaluable to you also as you explore the Word of God. As previously mentioned, the article was taken from the NKJV Study Bible published by Thomas Nelson, copyright © 1997-2007 by Thomas Nelson.
How To Understand What the Bible Mean by What It Says
by Earl D Radmacher
After the apostle Paul had given some significant teaching to his young son in the faith, Timothy, he give him the key to understanding (2 Tim.2:15)
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed , rightly dividing the word of truth.”
If the reader is going to understand what he or she is reading, then the rules of communication must be diligently followed. These are the same rules that are followed in everyday conversation when understanding God ‘s Words.
The Basic Principle
Central to everything else in this process is the recognition that meaning is singular, not plural. For example, the popular response often heard, “there are many different interpretation of that,” is clearly false. The interpretation is what the writer intended with the vocabulary he used. But this does not limit application, because although the interpretation is single, application may be multiple. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to illumine hearts to see a variety of applications to life. But the applications, to be valid, must be true to the author’s intended interpretation as expressed in the written text.