Thomas and Bible Study
1849, Dr Thomas published the book Elpis
Israel, around which the modern Christadelphian
body formed. The Christadelphians owe a great deal to him,
and many of the books he wrote are still among the finest
Christadelphian books today. He once wrote six rules for
for Bible Studies
In any doctrine taught by types or shadows, the anti-type
must always correspond with the type, and the shadow with
In studying the Scriptures, consider that the New Testament
is a commentary on the Old.
Never be afraid of results to which you may be driven by
your investigations, as this will inevitably bias your mind
and disqualify you to arrive at ultimate truth.
Investigate everything you believe - if it is the truth
it cannot be injured thereby; if error, the sooner it is
correct the better.
Pursue this course with as much independence as if you were
the only one concerned.
Rely on no authority less than divine in so
momentous an undertaking.
ALL THINGS: HOLD FAST TO THAT WHICH IS GOOD.
quoted in Christadelphian Answers, F G Jannaway (Birmingham:
in Modern English
1. The relationship between types and anti-types
must be clear and comprehendible. The theme of the link
must be supported by both the type and anti-type.
2. The New Testament is a fulfilment of the prophecies
contained in the Old Testament writings. Therefore in purpose
they are not separate - there is a clear link and relation
between the two. Study them with this unity in mind.
3. Allow scripture to talk to you. Thorough and dedicated
reading may reveal answers you may not have expected or
that run contary to popular beliefs.
4. Prove your beliefs with scripture. Continue to
research a matter until you are sure that it is built on
the sure foundation of the Word of God.
5. Make the effort and commitment to search the Bible
by yourself. Do not build your beliefs on someone else's
opinions, unless you have checked that they are truely confirmed
6. The Bible is the sole (or only) authority on all
Biblical matters. When there is uncertainty about some matter,
do not rely on men's interpretation, but rather study your
Bible further and search prayerfully for the correct answer.
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