Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” – Luke 24:45-47
Many times, in my ministry I have encountered people who tell me that they have difficulty understanding what they read in their Bible. As I have investigated the reasons, certain conclusions have been drawn.
First of all, the translation a person uses may be archaic. What might have been a dynamic work in the 1600’s can be very difficult to understand in the 21st century. Certain words and phrases fall out of use and need to be replaced. Good, accurate, modern English translations exist and may be more easily understood. This simple change has often helped a person get into the Word of God in order that it might get into him.
The other conclusion I have drawn is that some lack the interpreting presence of the Holy Spirit Himself. The disciples who followed Christ physically and personally could not understand the Scriptures until He “opened their minds.” I have seen many people suddenly begin to comprehend the biblical writings upon conversion. The sanctified understanding of who Christ is serves as a translator illuminating the great truths of God’s Word.
So, if you struggle to understand the Scriptures, the solution is simple. Seek the Lord, obtain a Bible you can read (if you can see), hear (if you can hear), or see (the Word now exists in ASL!), and get understanding.
God has condescended to become an author, and yet people will not read His writings. There are very few that ever gave this Book of God, the grand charter of salvation, one fair reading through. – George Whitefield