NECESSARY INFERENCES

Introduction

1. Remember that we are studying how to understand the Word of God.  His Will can be understood when we read it (Ephesians 5:17 and Ephesians 3:3,4).

2. To understand the Bible it is important to know that God has spoken to people in three distinct periods of time and that he speaks or teaches through commands and examples.  These principles were studied in  previous lessons.

3. This lesson is a study of how God teaches us by asking us to do some reasoning or thinking.  In Thessalonica, Paul "reasoned with them from the scriptures" (Acts 17:2).

4. God gives us some information from which he expects us to draw conclusions or inferences, so we will study the place of inferences, particularly necessary inferences.  God also expects us to use our mind to determine the best way of carrying out what he teaches us to do. This is the area of expediency.

I. DEFINITIONS AND AN ILLUSTRATION

 II. WE MUST BE CAREFUL TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN AN INFERENCE AND A NECESSARY INFERENCE.

III. LET US NOW NOTICE TWO THINGS THAT ARE LEARNED BY NECESSARY INFERENCE:

 IV. AN ILLUSTRATION TO SHOW THAT WE UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE THROUGH THE USE OF A COMMAND,AN APOSTOLIC EXAMPLE, AND A NECESSARY INFERENCE.

Conclusion: We have learned that a necessary inference is not a guess or an opinion.  It is a legitimate logical conclusion drawn from the facts of a case.

 

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