When we read the Bible, we need to use critical thinking and ask ourselves four basic questions: who is speaking; to whom is it spoken; what is the Scripture speaking about; and how are we to understand what we are reading in light of the finished works of Jesus? Following these guidelines will help us properly divide the Word. If we fail to do this, we open ourselves up to the danger of taking a single Scripture out of context and misinterpreting the Word’s true meaning. It is important not to read the Bible with an Old-Testament mindset; if we do, we will miss seeing grace in the context of what Christ did on the cross. What was true under the old covenant of law may no longer be true under grace. While self-effort was required under the law, Jesus freed us from that and replaced it with grace. Therefore, we do not have to beg God to bless us; we can now thank Him for the blessings He has already made available to us.