Cross Referencing

Cross-Referencing is extremely valuable because, as Pastor Chuck often says, “The best commentary on the Bible is the Bible.” Cross-Referencing Helps Us Interpret The Passage Based On How Those Words, Phrases And Concepts Are Used Elsewhere In The Scripture.

1. Find the first cross reference in the passage

2 Timothy 3 (NKJV)

16  aAll Scripture is given by inspiration of God, band is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

2. Write the word or phrase being referenced

v16, All Scripture is given by inspiration of God

3. Look up the cross reference

2 Peter 1:20, knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation

4. Write the reference and a memorable portion of the verse referenced

2 Peter 1:20, no prophecy of Scripture is of private interpretation

5. Repeat for each cross reference in the passage


Some Basic Principles:

  • Always take the time to consider the context of a cross reference
  • Meditate on the references that do not seem to fit, there is probably a truth you are overlooking.


Parallel Passages:

There are also passages where the story might be told in another portion of scripture as well as the one you are studying.

  • Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
  • Paul’s Epistles – Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians
  • History – 1st & 2nd Samuel, 1st & 2nd Kings, 1st & 2nd Chronicles