When reading and trying to understand the Bible, we have three helpers. First, we have the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:2–16). Second, we have the church. It would be arrogant to think that the Holy Spirit only speaks to us. He has spoken to others in history and he continues to speak to his people. Paul prays that we may have ‘power to comprehend with all the saints’ (Ephesians 3:18, NRSV). Third, we have the benefit of reason – our minds. Paul encourages each member of the church to be ‘fully convinced in their own minds’ (Romans 14:5).