Some Helpful Hints
Whenever you see an “if” or a “but”, figure out what both sides of the sentence mean. For example, when God says that you will not perish and have everlasting life in John 3:16, there is a pretty important “if” that we can’t forget. “If you believe.”
If any sentence has a “therefore,” find out what the therefore is there for. It always indicates that the existence of the statement it is in is directly related to the subject in the previous paragraphs and is a conclusion to a statement. Otherwise, your interpretation will generally be way out of context with what the Bible is truly saying.
WATCH OUT: If you find something that no one else has ever seen before, you are probably off track. God probably would not blind godly men and women to truth for almost 2,000 years and suddenly reveal it to you.