Recommend Printing the Teachings for Ease of StudyLesson One
What Is The Bible?
We've now tested and proven that the manuscripts of the "original scriptures" are indeed true, beyond a reasonable doubt, revealing to us all of Elohyms original intent. But we don't have every day access to the originals. What we have is translated interpretations, in various languages, known as "the bible". The original Scriptures, both of the old and new Testaments, tell us that the original are God breathed. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God." 2 Peter 1:21 states that, "For the prophecy (the spoken word of God) came not in old time by the will of man; but holy men of God spoke, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." These men were taught this from the original "Hebrew" scriptures. In Luke 24:44, Jesus said, "… That all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the profits, and the Psalms..." He too, learned this from the original "Hebrew" scriptures. Jesus certainly believed that they were true. 1 Thessalonians 2:13; "… You received it not as the word of men, but as it truthfully is, the word of God..." And from Acts 2:1-4, we know that the apostles who were taught by Jesus were filled with the Holy Spirit, and therefore, their writings we can trust as having great credibility, having been taught by him 16 hours a day for over three years.
And, those writings are everlasting and we can trust in them; they do not change. Psalms 119:138, 144 says, "Thy testimonies that thou commanded our righteous and very faithful (trustworthy). The righteousness of thy testimonies are everlasting…" Malachi 3:6; "For I am Yehvah, I change not." If the Scriptures were truth then, then they are truth today. But what about all the translated interpretations; the bible? Are they of the inspiration of God as well? Are they "the original scriptures"? That certainly is what most of us have been taught. The idea that the original scriptures have undergone so many multiple translations and interpreted versions, is a stumbling block for many, and frankly, it should be. I'm certain that most of you have heard a pastor preach, while holding a bible up high, that "this issss the infallllible worrrrd of GGGGod." How then, can we know for certain?
Infallible Word of God?
Deuteronomy 32:4; "He (Yahweh) is the rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are just: a God of truth and without evil (distortion); just and right is he." If God is all these things, then all that he does is as well. Therefore, for all or any translated interpretations, the evidence that they are of the inspiration of God is, that they must be flawless; without error. Amen? So then, in order to determine if our English translated interpretations are truly and completely God inspired, without error, we must what? 1 Thessalonians 5:21; "Test and prove all things; hold tight to that which is good and true."
Matthew chapter 1, verses 1 - 17: Let's begin by examining the New Testament; specifically the first 17 versus. First, it's important to understand a few things. One, Matthew is writing to his fellow Jews, not Gentiles. Therefore, in an effort to reach all Jews, he was likely writing in the language that was most common to the Jews of the day, which was Aramaic, not Hebrew or Greek. Hebrew had not been there common language for over 500 years, since their captivity in Babylon. Only those most devout in the Hebrew Scriptures, and the professionally religious, would've understood Hebrew fluently. And of course, Greek was the common language of the Gentiles, so it is unlikely that he would be using it to communicate with the entire Jewish nation. Second, Matthew begins his work attempting to convince the Jewish audience that this man Jesus (Yehshua) is indeed the Messiah (anointed one) which was prophesied of in the Scriptures (Old Testament). He addresses numerous prophecies in the first four chapters, and various others throughout, and he is going to use the first 17 versus to establish the fulfillment of one of these prophecies. The prophecy is this; that the Messiah will be of the bloodline of King David. (See: Luke 1:67-80; Exodus 17:1; Matthew 3:1-12; 4:17; 5:16-20); (Note: The correction of this error, by proper translation and interpretation, will be revealed at the end of chapter 3.)
Matthew uses the first 16 verses to establish the generational bloodline from Abraham to David, from David to the captivity in Babylon, and from the captivity in Babylon to Jesus. Verse 17 is a summary of those 16 verses. It reads as follows; "So all the generations from Abraham to David are 14 generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are 14 generations; and from Babylon unto Christ (the Messiah) are 14 generations." Sounds good, until you count each of the generations. When you do, you will find that there are indeed 14 generations in the first two sections. However, in the third, from Babylon to Christ, their only 13. This is not only an error, but is an error of gargantuan proportions. Because, if the English translation was correct, then it would have proved, conclusively, that Jesus was NOT the Messiah!
We have just proven what? We've just proven that no translated interpretation is the fully inspired words of Yahweh; they are NOT "the original scriptures". We know that the original scriptures are true, and that the manuscripts reveal the original, and they say that God is perfect; and if all things are by his design then there was a plan, and no one would deliberately falsify the conveyance of their plan for it to be fulfilled; and that the original scriptures are that plan. Therefore, the bible must be perfect, without error, and it is not. This is why thousands and thousands read the Bible and come to so many different conclusions; so many denominations. This error I have found in every English translation, not that I've seen them all, but all the ones that I've seen have this error. God would not inspire one, or some, and leave us confused as to which are true. In 1 Corinthians 14:33 he reveals, "...for Yahweh is not the author of confusion." Again, so much "world church", denominational confusion.
Thank God however, for translations that come from the original scriptures, without which I wouldn't be saved. But we just proved, without a doubt, that English translations of the original scriptures are NOT completely inspired by God. There are varying degrees of truthful, Godly influence in all translations, but it is simply not possible that he was fully involved in any translating, interpreting of the original scriptures. There are simply too many errors for that to be true. Truth is, there are dozens and dozens of errors, of varying degrees of deception. No translated interpretation is reliable for us to receive complete truth of God's authorized word. Not only can one not get all truth from translated interpretations, but they will get false teachings. So how then, can we know the truth, for certain? First, let's examine the cause.
Man's FallibilityBelieve No Man
Originally, there was a defined Church governing structure established by the Apostles. God ordained men that possessed the truth of God's word firsthand. And God, knowing that men could not be trusted to accurately convey his word from one generation to the next, which was clearly evident since the writings and revelation of the Torah, established the truth in the writings of these select men. After which, the Church Body became fractured and denominationalized through translational and interpretational errors, deletions and additions and deliberate heretical (false) teachings. There ceased to be a single, authentic governing Church Body reliable for the truth as all denominations were born out of the flesh of men, not ordained by the Spirit of God. They are divisive and indoctrinational by intent. Countless denominational false teachings can be traced to misrepresentations of the original Scriptures, for that matter, so can the root of all denominations; fracturing the body of Christ. Both truth and false can be found in the teachings of all denominations, because they are established by men and not Yahweh. No version of the Bible is perfect as God is, not the King James version, nor any other. Therefore, men simply cannot be trusted;one must trust in Yahweh alone, to come to the knowledge of the truth.You cannot assume that what you are ingesting is truth, no matter who the person of influence is. You see, we all grew up hearing about God from men, not God. The first time we ever heard the words God, Jesus or religion, was from people. Many of the churched became enamored with pastors and teachers. They blindly believe everything they say, being indoctrinated in teachings and traditions of men; denominational, religious indoctrination. Or, we end up picking and choosing what we like, and discarding what we don't. This typically occurs at an early age, adolescence to early 20s. We are typically receiving from someone we perceive as authoritative; such as, a parent, teacher, priest, pastor, professor of theology, friends, the media, etc. We rarely test or even question it, addicting it to our minds as absolute truth. Thereby, placing our faith in men, and not God. It is no wonder we all believe something different or don't really know what to believe. Having no certainty as to what is and is not true, we create our own God and morals in our own minds. God calls this idolatry. The odds of coming to all truth that way is impossible. But fear not, God had a solution to correct this problem;
The New Covenant; the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of Yeh.
- 2 Peter 1:20 – 2:2; "Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any personal interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of Yahweh spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. But, there were false prophets also among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will subtly bring in damnable heresies… And many will follow their destructive ways…"
- 1 John 2:26 – 27; "These things I have written you, concerning them that deceive you. The anointing (imparting of the Holy Spirit) which you have received from him (Yahweh) lives in you, so that you need no man to teach you, because the same anointing teaches you of all things; it is true and no lies, and what it teaches you, you shall live it in him."
- John 14:26; "But the comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things…"
- John 16:13; "howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth…"
How come then, that everyone possessing the Holy Spirit, doesn't know all truth; believing different things, yet we are told to be like-minded?
- 1 Corinthians 1:10; "Now, I beseech you brethren (fellow Christians), by the name of Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, that there be no divisions among you, that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgments."
- Mark 8:15; "Take heed, beware the leaven (deceitful words and deeds) of the Pharisees (the religious),"
- Matthew 10:17; "… But beware of (religious) men, for they will deliver you up to the councils, and will scourge (fight, dispute, argue, quarrel) you in their synagogues."
- Ephesians 5:6; "Let no man deceive you with vain words; for because of these things (v 5) comes the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be therefore not partakers with them."
- Colossians 2:8; "beware lest any man ruin you through philosophy and vain deceit after the traditions of men, after the ways of the world, and not after Christ."
- 1 Timothy 1:7: "...desiring to be teachers of the law; but not understanding neither what they say, nor what they affirm (claim as truth)."
- 2 Timothy 3:13; "But evil men and seducers shall increase worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived."
- 1 John 3:7; "Little children, let no man deceive you; he that practices righteousness (doing right) is righteous…"
- Romans 16:17, 18; "… Keep your eye on those that cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching (the original Scriptures)… turn away from them… and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts (soul, mind) of the unsuspecting."
- Ephesians 4:14; "… We are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men; by craftiness they scheme to deceive."
- Matthew 15:8, 9; Mark 7:6; "… this people honor me with their lips, but their hearts (souls) are far from me. In vain (worthlessly) do they worship me, teaching the doctrines and commandments of men."
- Malachi 2:8, 9; "But you (priests) have departed from the way, and caused many to stumble at (fulfilling) the law… You have not kept my ways, but have been partial (picking and choosing; adding and deleting) in the law."
- Jeremiah 23:16; "… harkin (listen and do) not unto the words of the prophets (priests) that prophesy (speak) unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of Yahweh." v 21; "I (Yahweh) have not sent these prophets yet they go out (claim to represent): I have not spoken to them, yet they preach."to challenge the words of men.
We are told to challenge the words of men. We are to test them to discern if they are genuinely what they claim to be, and if what they claim is true. They are to be tested against the word of God; the original Scriptures.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:21; "Test and prove all things, hold only to that which is good and true."
- Acts 17:11 says, that the Bereans searched the Scriptures daily to be certain that what they heard was true.
- Revelation 2:2; "… and you have tested them which say they are apostles but are not, finding many to be liars."
- 1 John 4:1; "Beloved, believe not every spirit (word; anything said or done), but try (test) the spirits, whether they be of God; because many false prophets are in the world."
- 1 Corinthians 3:13; "Every man's work (things said and done) will be obvious; for certain times will declare it, because they will be revealed by fire (trials; during times of adversity), and the fire (trial) will test every man's work, revealing the type of work it is (righteous or evil)."
Conclusion: We are not to believe men, but we are to test and prove what we hear.___________________________________________________________________________________________
Man's Corruptive InfluenceWhy are we all not in perfect alignment in our beliefs? It is because of man's interpretation, in the place of Yahweh's revelation. Yahweh is a God of method, and there is a method, principles, that must be followed to receive from the Holy Spirit. That is what this ministry and this lesson is all about, and those principles will be revealed shortly. But first, let's gain a better understanding of what is behind man's corruptive influence over the last 3500 years.
Language Barrier / Translating
First, there is the potential for man's fallibility in translating. We that do not speak fluent Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, are at a disadvantage, not having the Scriptures God breathed into each of our own native tongues. If you speak more than one language, you know that not all words translate equally into another word in another language. Sometimes one may have to use two, three or four words just to define one word in another language. Fact is, this allows for a margin of error. One person may use one group of words to describe a single word, and another may use different words to describe the same word, and still another may use other words altogether. The translation will vary, sometimes slightly, sometimes significantly. The words chosen by an individual can be subject to one's experiences, culture, lack of understanding or agenda. It may or may not end up accurately defining the original word used. And in many instances, it does not. The meat of the word, the symbolism, is lost. (Symbolic: Symbols of various kinds and types; parables, fables, allegories, similes, metaphors, etc.
- Example: The words faith and believe, never came out of the mouths of Jesus or the apostles. Believe: Pisteuo in the Greek; meaning to trust in, rely in depend on, to cleave and adhere to, to become one with; and faith: from the Greek word Pistis, meaning assurance, belief in, faithful, fidelity and trustworthy (goes both ways), conviction (convinced). Clearly, the Greek words have far greater meaning than their counterparts in English.
Another fallibility is, that some languages have multiple, diverse definitions of a single word of another language. It is important to know which definition is being referred to; giving it proper context. Logic and reasoning needs to be applied to determine which definition is appropriate based on the context of the verse or surrounding verses.
- Example: The word "power" is translated both as "strength" and as "authority". It is very important to identify the difference. Acts 1:7 – 8; "It is not for you to know the times or seasons, which the Father has put in his own power (Greek:Exousia; authority, legal right, jurisdiction, delegated influence). But you shall receive power (Greek: Dunamis; force, strength, might) after the Holy Spirit has come upon you…"
- Example: Patient: Greek, hupomone; not easily provoked, steadfast, calm diligence, persevering, enduring; but also, one receiving medical attention.
Undue Influence / Interpreting
There is also the problem of interpretation. Men using their own understanding, trying to interpret words that were used metaphorically, or making unlearned assumptions.
- Example: Brother / Brethren: This term in the New Testament always refers to a fellow Christian; a fellow Jew (Israelite) in the Old Testament; when not referring to one's blood relative. It is used as a metaphor to symbolize a "genuine believer". This is an example of "meat" vs. "milk", a "symbolic" (spirit) interpretation vs. a "literal" (natural) interpretation (Hebrew 5: 12-14). It is critically important to be able to distinguish between literal references vs. symbolic (metaphoric, spirit (John 3: 3-6) and in order to be able to accurately determine who is being spoken to or about. This term has been miss understood by the worlds church preachers, the result of which is, that they are under the false impression, and teach, that we Christians are supposed to be blessing all people of the world, without distinguishing their faith. Nowhere, old or new testament, does Yehvah direct the faithful to reach out to bless sinners.
- Example: Gehenna: This is a word used by Jesus in the New Testament referring to "The Valley of Hinnom" when metaphorically speaking about "The Lake of Fire", not "Sheol / Hell" as it was improperly interpreted. Reference: "Hell; Burn Forever?", or continue and the complete study on this error will be given at the end of chapter 3.
Question: If God's word, truth, has a purpose; does false word have a purpose as well? In Deed!
"So then, faith (in God and his word) comes by listening… To the word of God." (Romans 10:17) But what if the word used is false or misunderstood? All false beliefs, no matter how insignificant they seem, are designed by Satan and meant for our destruction. Those that believe falsely and act accordingly, place their souls and quality of life in jeopardy. They risk not coming to genuine faith, never living a fully empowered life, living much of it in defeat, never realizing their full potential that God had planned for them. Word that opposes God's word is demonic, antichrist; the opposite of truth. When we step outside of God's word, we are living to Satan's word, ultimately fulfilling his purpose, which is revealed in John 10:10; "The thief (Satan) comes to steal, kill and destroy." To steal, kill and destroy what? One's soul. And why does he do this? To separate us from God eternally. And how does he do this? He does this by enticing us to disobey God, causing us separation and hardship; breaking covenant. That is why it is critical that we are not lazy or complacent regarding what we harbor is truth. We cannot be idle in the face of this perpetual danger, allowing Satan to defeat us; all because we don't want to challenge our comfort zone, or become genuine, diligent disciples.
False teachings are stumbling blocks designed by Satan to deceive, holding us back from full maturation as God intends; prohibiting growth and greater understanding, limiting our life impact. And these false teachings are subtly distributed. How does he do that? He uses people, even good, godly people, to lead us astray. Many hold positions of authority in the church, such as pastors, teachers, etc. They preach, write books, and so on. God gives us numerous warnings to be where church leaders.
- 2 Corinthians 11:13 – 15; "for such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. Don't marvel (scoff or be surprised), for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as (seemingly) the ministers of righteousness."
- Jeremiah 29:8; "quote… Let not your prophets and diviners, that be among you, deceive you… For they prophesy falsely to you in my name; I have not sent them, says Yahweh." Who sent them then? 50:6; "My people or lost sheep; their shepherds have caused them to go astray." Shepherds chosen by men, not God. Who ordained your teacher, God or men in some man-made theological college?
- Malachi 2:7 – 8; "for the lips of priests should preserve knowledge (of God's truth), for men to seek instruction, for they are the messengers of God. But you (priests) have turned away in caused many to stumble by (false) instruction; you have corrupted the covenant."
- Matthew 7:15 says, "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are destructive wolves."
- 1 Timothy 4:1; "Now the Holy Spirit speaks expressly, that in latter times some will depart from their faith (2 Thessalonians 2:3), having given heed to seducing spirits, and teachings of devils." Beware of words that oppose the Spirit; the truth of God's original word; test it.
- 2 Peter 2:1; "but there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who subtly shall bring in heresies that cause damnation… and many will follow their destructive ways… whereby the truth will be evil spoken of." Remember, it is Satan that steals, kills and destroys. What do you speak about this truth?
- Ephesians 4:14; "That we be no more children, tossed around and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the sly cunning craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive."
- Matthew 15:13 – 14; "Every plant, that my heavenly father has not planted (with understanding of his word), will be rooted up. Let them (the Pharisees; religious teachers) alone; they are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the ditch."
- 1 John 3:8; "they that practice sin (willful, known disobedience) is of the devil… the son of God appeared for the purpose of destroying the works of the devil…"
Many parse the word of God, adding or deleting Scriptures to suit their own agenda or previously held beliefs, imposing them on God's word; serving Satan's agenda.
- Malachi 2:9; God speaking to the priests; "… You have not kept my ways, instead have been partial in the law."
In John 8:44, we are told that Satan is a murderer and the father of lies. So his intention is to murder, not the flesh, but the soul. And he does so with lies; words that conflict with and undermined God's words. It is a word battle! He isn't just trying to cause us difficulty in heart ache without a purpose. He operates in curses to cause us to think, speak and act in ways that separate us from the intended blessings and promises of God; unable to receive genuine faith, or to the drawing back and falling away from our faith, unto the destruction of our souls.
- Isaiah 59:2; "but your sins have caused a separation between you and your God, your sins have caused his face to be hidden from you, so that he cannot hear you."
- 2 Thessalonians 2:10; "and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the truth that they might be saved."
- Hebrews 10:39; "But we are not of them who drawback unto perdition (destruction); but of them that believe (pisteuo) to the saving of the soul."
Conclusion: Satan's word has a purpose as well; to kill, steal and destroy!
We must realize that we are in a battle; a war of words. Satan causes us, to destroy our own souls, our lives and those of others with words. Words, mixed with faith, brings victory or defeat. We say that we believe, and we have what we say. All things come to pass by faith. Victorious faith can only calm by listening to God's word and performing it. We must live by preponderance of God's word by rejecting adverse word. This can only occur with a diligent pursuit of God's Word daily.
- Hebrews 10:32; "… After being enlightened (receiving the understanding of God's word), you endured…"
- 1 Timothy 6:12; "fight the good fight of faith, lay hold of eternal life," ("faith comes by the word of God"; Romans 10:17)
- 2 Timothy 4:7; "I have thought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
A false teaching, or thoughts of doubt and fear however, cannot corrupt until they are received and believed. It will then manifest as Satan desires; manifesting in evil words and deeds (contrary to God's intention). We must fight back.
- 2 Corinthians 10:5; "cast down every reasoning and every high barrier that raises itself against the knowledge of God, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (words)." We can only have one thought at a time.
God says we must take every thought captive. He declares that we are in a fight; a battle for the mind; and that this battle is spiritual and is fought with words; that our enemies are not in the flesh, but are of the spirit realm; in our minds (thoughts, soul).
- Ephesians 6:10 – 17; v 12; "We fight not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, rulers of darkness." v17; "… The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
- Hebrews 11:33 – 34; "… Who by faith (in God's words) conquered kingdoms, did write, obtained promises, shut up the Lions, extinguished the power of fire, escaped the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, putting their enemies to flight."
Satanic influence knows no bounds. The devil uses family and friends, radio and television, movies and the media; anything and anyone to influence and lead us into his ways; to defeat us. God tells us to guard our hearts (minds, thoughts, soul). We are to beware of the words that we ingest through what we hear and see; our senses. We have to scrutinize what we hear; conversations, radio, etc.; and what we choose to watch; television, movies, etc. The more of Satan's word, word that conflicts with God's teachings and admonitions, that we allow into our minds, the weaker we are as Christians. What we ingest is what will permeate our thoughts; it is what we will become; and Jesus says, that it is our thoughts that convict (defeat) us.
- Luke 21:34; "take heed to yourselves (beware and ready), lest at any time, your hearts (minds, thoughts, soul) be overtaken with debauchery (evil doings; sin, disobedience) and drunkenness, and the cares and temptations of this life…"
- Matthew 5:22; "But I say to you, but whosoever is angry with his brother (fellow Christian), without a cause, is in danger of judgment (condemnation)." v 28; "I say that if you look at another with lust (covetousness: to possess something not lawfully yours) you've already committed adultery with them in your heart (soul, mind, thoughts)."
- Matthew 12:34; "out of the heart (soul, mind, thoughts), the mouth speaks." We cannot say or do what we are not thinking.
- Mark 7:21 – 23; "for from within, out of the heart of people, proceed evil thoughts,… All these evil things come from within, and defile a person."
- 1 Thessalonians 5:22; "abstain from all things evil."
In order to win battles with Satan, God's word must be understood. One must be well versed in the Scriptures, to know the difference between true and false; good and evil. And we must seek to go beyond merely reading the Bible, to studying the Bible, to grow beyond carnality. Reading brings information but studying (properly; using the seven principles of proper interpretation) brings revelation from God. God's Word tells us, that we are to continuously grow in knowledge of his word; to come to maturity; unto perfection; in order to achieve good judgment and understanding; to be able to discern that what we hear and read is true. We must learn to go deeper than the literal surface of the word, the milk; to the symbolic nature of the word, the meat.
- Hosea 4:6; "My (God's) people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (understanding)."
- 1 Corinthians 3:1 – 3; "and brother and (fellow Christian), I could not speak to you spiritually, but carnally, as babies in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat; because until now, you were not able to bear it… Because you are still carnal."
- Hebrews 5:13 – 14; "for everyone that uses milk, is unskillful in the word of righteousness; for they are babies. But strong meat belongs to them that are mature, who have their senses strengthened to discern (make judgment) what is both good and evil (true and false)."
And if we are to live blessed:
- Deuteronomy 11:26 – 28; "behold, I set before you blessings (good things) and cursing's (bad things, harm; the opposite), blessings if you obey my commands (instructions)… A curse if you do not…" To be blessed, and not cursed (harmed), we must know and live according to God's word.
Conclusion: We are in a battle, a word battle, that is why it is critical to accurately understand God's word if we are to be victorious; living the blessed life God intends we live now.
Knowledge Alone is Not Sufficient
Many have knowledge, but few have understanding
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (understanding)" Hosea 4:6; also; Proverbs number 9:10; Ephesians 5:17
God's word reveals precise laws, principles; like the "law of gravity", that tell us how all things in this universe works; how all things in our lives work. These laws operate by precision, exactness, as with the cosmos, in order to achieve the desired results. Those results come in the form of promises made by God. That is why we must learn the precise truth, in order for God's laws to operate properly, achieving the desired results, the fulfilment of those promises.
Remember in lesson one, plan and design, we discussed constructing a building. Imagine that the architect decided that they didn't believe in mathematical law, and simply made up their own structural calculations based on how they felt. That building probably could not be built to structurally support itself, and if it could, it would be vulnerable to collapse. It certainly would be unlikely to meet code requirements. No, their calculations must be precise according to "mathematical law" to ensure that the building had structural integrity and that all its components would function as designed.
This world teaches that truth is relevant to one's own thinking, but that is a lie from Satan. He wants us to believe that to keep us from knowing the truth, because victory is in the truth. We cannot have God's promises fulfilled if we are making up our own "law". Know that there is only one truth regarding anything. Two + two will always equal four, no matter what one thinks. It is a mathematical law of God's. We can depend on it.
The original Scriptures contain all that God needed us to know; nothing being left out. But we must seek understanding of that word in order to be able to perform it to his will, which is to our benefit; the fulfillment of his promises. It is vital that we possess not just knowledge, but understanding. Knowledge alone is not enough to be able to carry out a particular task if one does not understand the information. Many times, when Jesus was teaching the disciples, giving them information, they would not understand. They would pull him aside and ask for him to explain in such a way that they could understand. The information was of no value to them, not knowing how to walk accurately in it, because they didn't understand. We must do the same thing; ask, then read the bible and listen. If we are to walk accurately in God's word, then information is not sufficient, we must come to understand his word, so that we can accurately perform it.
God said that the word that he has given us is sufficient,…
- Mark 4:22; "For nothing is hid, that shall not be revealed; neither has anything been kept secret, that should not be broadcast (published aloud) everywhere."
- John 15:15; "… For all things that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you."
- Acts 20:27; Paul said, "For I have not shunned from declaring to you all the Council of God."
- Luke 8:10; "… Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God; but to others in parables."
… And that it all was meant to be understood,…
- Matthew 13:11; "It is given you (disciples) to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them (non-disciples) it is not given." v13; "Therefore I (Jesus) speak to them (non-disciples) in parables: because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand."
- Matthew 15:15; "And he (Jesus) called the multitude and said, listen and understand."
- Matthew 13:36; "Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house, and his disciples came unto him, saying, declare (explain) unto us the parable of the tears of the field." 15:15; "then answered Peter and said unto him (Jesus), explain unto us this parable." Many times the disciples would pull Jesus aside to ask for clarity in order to understand.
- Luke 24:45; "Then he (Jesus) opened their minds, so that they might understand the Scriptures,"
- Ephesians 5:17; "Wherefore, be not unwise, but understand what is the will of the Lord."
- Ephesians 3:3 – 4; "How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery… and by referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ."
- Ephesians 1:17; Paul praying; "… that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of Revelation in the knowledge (understanding) of him."
- 1 Corinthians 14:20; "Brethren (fellow Christians), being not children (immature) in understanding: be children in wickedness, but in understanding be men (adult, mature)."
- Colossians 2:2; "… Unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God,"
- 2 Timothy 2:7; "… The Lord gives you understanding in all things."
- Jeremiah 9:24; "But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am Yahweh."
… And even vital, that we understand.
In chapter 1, we saw the importance of having a plan. And that vital to the success of the plan was that it be followed precisely. Imagine now, that you could not understand the plan. How then did you follow it precisely? It would be impossible; again, vital components and procedures would be altered or left out, causing the plan to fail. It is critical, for God's plan to be fulfilled through our lives, that we fully understand the plan.
- Hosea 4:6; "My (Yahweh's) people (once Israelites, now Christians) are destroyed for lack of understanding."
- Proverbs 9:10; "The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the holy one is understanding."
- Proverbs 14:33; "Wisdom rests in the heart of they that have understanding."
- John 8:43 – 47; Jesus said, "Why do you not understand what I am saying? Is because you cannot perceive my word… He who is of God understands the words of God; for this reason you do not understand them, because you are not of God."
- Acts 28:26 – 27; "… Hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and the scene you shall see, and not perceive (understand);… For the hearts (thoughts, mind's, souls) of the people have grown callous… Lest they should understand with their hearts and should be converted…"
- Romans 10:2; "For bare them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with understanding."
- 1 John 5:20; "and we know that the son of God has come, and has given us an understanding, so that we may know him that is true… the true God, and eternal life."
- 2 Peter 3:16; "… some things are hard to understand, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest (pervert; misinterpret, distort, corrupt); these sayings) as they also do the other Scriptures, unto their own destruction."
Understanding comes by revelation.
Knowledge comes from humans; either ourselves or others, therefore all knowledge is not correct. But understanding, comes by revelation from Yahweh God through the Holy Spirit. Galatians 1:11 – 12; "But I guarantee you brethren (fellow Christians), that the gospel which was preached by me is not from men. Because I neither received it from men, nor was I taught it, but (it came by) revelation from Jesus Christ."
Conclusion: We have demonstrated the need to re-translate the flawed translated interpretations that we have as our source for God's original word. We've seen that we are in a battle, facing a mighty foe, that uses words to cause us to defeat ourselves and others. We've learned, that to fight this adversary, we must be able to use God's word accurately. And we know, that we are not to trust men.
Now that we know all this, we must learn how to properly interpret Scripture, by revelation, and there are a number of principles in which to do so; revealed in chapter 3;
First, Let's Quiz Chapter Two
1) Which translated, interpretations of the original Scriptures are without error?
2) Do all words in one language, translate equally into another language?
3) Which denominations did God establish?
4) What are we to do when we hear a person speak about God, Jesus, the Bible, etc.?
5) Who are we to rely on for the revelation truth of God's word?
6) What is the purpose of all false teachings and influences, whether deliberate or otherwise, that oppose God's word?
7) What are we in battle against?
8) Who do they used to defeat us?
9) What are the weapons used against us?
10) How are we to be victorious?
4) Test them
5) God, by the Holy Spirit
6) To steal, kill and destroy our lives.
7) Principalities, dark spirits / words; not persons. (Ephesians 6:12)
8) Those closest to us
9) Words that oppose God's word
10) Take every thought captive, to the obedience of the gospel, by studying God's word daily. (Joshua 1:5 – seven)