Proper Interpretation: The Lost Method of Revelation from Yehvah God
"The Seven Principles of Properly Interpreting Scripture"
Before getting into properly re-translating and reinterpreting Scripture, we must understand that it is not possible to do,completely and accurately, from just any translated, interpreted version. Albeit, no translated interpretation of the Bible is flawless, as was demonstrated, newer versions may be even more flawed. Words that may have been translated from the original, correctly or incorrectly, are replaced with others, even multiple words, interpreted through additional misunderstandings and corruptions, leaving us further from the original. An error could be perpetuated, and even expanded, from one version to another, making it impossible for the reader to identify a "key word", which would enable them to retranslate it back into the original. I don't mean to say, that the Holy Spirit cannot overcome any obsticle to reveal the truth to a sincere, diligent pursuer, I'm merely giving you a head start as to the version that which I believe you will eventually arrive. He first began me with the Amplified version, because it does some retranslating for the reader. However, I know now that not all those are accurate. A couples of years later, after teaching me the "Seven Principles...", he caused me to move to what I now know to be the best version, due to what I afore mentioned. Pray about it, asking him as to which version to begin.
Most versions have been derived from various other versions. Other versions, especially contemporary ones, take great liberties in their interpretations. The King James version (KJV), I've been lead to believe, is the most reliable, being nearly the oldest version derived from the originals. It is impossible to reach the "meat" of God's word with other versions. It is another reason so few Christians mature in their faith. I believe that God has revealed in Hosea 4:6, that these other versions are in an attempt by Satan to undermine the Christian faith, because that is the result. All things false cause us to not understand, and therefore are meant for our destruction. The further you get from the King James version, by using one of the dozens of other various interpreted versions, the further you get from the purity of the original.
Also necessary for proper retranslation is Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek and English dictionaries. The Hebrew and Greek can be found together in various concordances. A concordance is a book that lists every word in a particular Bible version. It identifies everywhere each word can be found. If it contains a dictionary, it will also identify where the definition can be found as well. There are also numerous sources online where definitions can be found, even Aramaic. I recommend using a Webster's dictionary in excess of 25 years old; especially if you can find a copy of his original; American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster 1828. I suggest creating a place in your home where these items, plus pen, paper and a highlighter are open and readily accessible. The more accessible it is, the more likely you are to study, if just for short periods of time.
Reading vs. Studying
Reading Brings Information; Studying Brings Revelation
We must seek to go beyond merely reading the Bible, to studying the Bible, to grow beyond carnality. God's word tells us that faith comes by listening (Hebrew: Shema; hearing intently for the purpose of understanding in order to perform.) To the word of God, and that we are to continuously grow in knowledge of his word, to strive for maturity, unto perfection in order to achieve good judgment and understanding; to be able to discern that what we hear and read is true, for the assurance of salvation and to equip us for every good work; to be victorious in battle, to fight the good fight of faith. We must learn to go deeper than the literal surface of the word, the milk; to the symbolic nature of the word, the meat.
- Ephesians 4:12; "He gave some to be (various ministers of his word)… for the perfecting of the saints (genuine Christians), for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ."
- 2 Thessalonians 3:17; "That the man of God be perfect (mature),… Unto all good works."
- Ephesians 2:10; "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them."
- 1 Corinthians 3:1 – 3; "I have fed you with milk and not meat; for you were not ready, neither are you now ready. For you are yet carnal."
- Hebrews 5:13 - 14; "For everyone that uses milk (rudimentary teachings), is unskillful in the word of righteousness; for they are a baby. But strong meat belongs to those that are mature, especially those who by reason (occasion) of use (practice), have their senses (judgment) exercised (strengthened), to be able to discern good from evil."
- 2 Timothy 2:15; "Study to show yourselves approved to God; a worker that is not ashamed, able to correctly discern the word of God."
- 2 Peter 3:18; "But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and to saviour..."
Study: John 6:60; Hebrew 5:11 – 6:1; 2 Peter 1:5 – 7; 3:16
The Seven Principles Revealed
When I first came to faith, having had a "God Experience", I was zealous for God's word. My walk to faith began with reading God's word. But I struggled at times, with Scriptures that seem to contradict one another, with what I knew God was leading me to believe. I could not fully commit and submit to something that didn't make sense, nor could I share or teach something, with integrity, that I couldn't support with God's word without question. So instead of ignoring or discarding those concerns, as many do, I fervently asked God to reconcile the Scriptures. It was then, but he explained to me the problem with "translated interpretations". And then, he taught me how to "study" Scripture. He revealed the method by which to reconcile the Scriptures back to the original. He revealed the "Seven Principles to Properly Interpret Scripture". After applying these principles to conflicting Scripture, they reconciled themselves nearly every time.
They are as follows:
The Seven Principles to Properly Interpret Scripture
- 1) Invite God; Ask: "The Prayer of Revelation"; One must invite, ask, inquire of, and rely on the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth of God's word. Recommended prayer: ask God to reveal his truth, that you want to think and feel nothing, but that you only want to know the truth, regardless of where it leads or what you have to give up. James 1:5. Do this each time you study Ye' God's Word.
- 2) Sincere Pursuit: One must be willing to come to God's word uncommitted to all previously held beliefs; setting them aside, then testing them, one by one against the word of God. The pursuit must be genuine, diligent, persistent, never ending. Joshua 1:5-9.
- 3) Obedience Required: God cannot hear from, nor speak to, those that are willfully practicing known disobedience to God. One must confess and repent from sin, to interact with God. Isaiah 59:2.
- 4) Times and Intent: One must read the Bible, within the context of the times in which it was written, and within the intent of the one who wrote.
- 5) Who to?: One must identify who they are talking to or about.
- 6) Define and Translate: One must read slowly, properly defining and re-translating certain "keywords" back into the original.
- 7) Let Scripture Interpret Scripture: Must read Scripture within proper context to surrounding Scripture, and comparative to entirety of Scripture. Truth will be revealed by a preponderance of evidence, and certainty through resolution of adverse Scripture.
These are three principles that must be followed in order to be in communion with God; to speak to, and to hear from; to be in Covenant.
1) Invite God; Ask
- Genesis 1:26; "quote… And let us give them (humans) authority… Over all the earth."
- 1 Peter 5:7; "… casting all your cares upon him, because he cares for you."
- Matthew 6:33; "Seek first the kingdom (God's laws and desires), and his righteousness (his way of speaking in doing), and all these things will be given you."
- James 4:2; "You have not, because you ask not."
- Mark 11:24; "Whatever you desire, when you pray (ask: in Hebrew; shawal; in Greek; aiteo; to ask, call for, expressed desire, to inquire, to request), believe you have (already) received it, and you will have it."
- John 14:14; Jesus said, "If you (one in covenant ; a genuine Christian) ask anything in my name, I will do it."
- Romans 10:12 – 13; "For there is no difference between the Jew or Greek; for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whoever calls upon the name of Yahweh will be delivered." Biblical names represented one's character. When you call upon one's name you are recognizing and placing your faith in their character.
- Genesis 1:26;And Eloyhm said, "Let us make humans in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion (authority)… Over all the earth…"
- Psalm 115:16; "The heaven (spirit realm) and the heavens (atmosphere) are Yahweh's; but the earth he has given to the children of men (humans)."
- Deuteronomy 11:26 – 28;"Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; a blessing if you (choose to) obey… And a curse if you will (choose) not to obey…" 30:15 - 19… I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil (harm)… I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life…"
Homework: Study Psalm 37:3 – 9
Remember, believe no man. It was said of Jesus, during his life here, that he was the son of God; yet others said that he was Beelzebub (a demon). How would one know if what they were hearing were true or not? God knew that men could not be trusted with the accurate and unadulterated conveyance of his work, so he made a better way; the Holy Spirit. Regardless of proper translation, Scripture can only be understood by revelation of the Holy Spirit.
- John 6:45; "It is written in the profits; that they (the elect; those in covenant) shall be taught by God."
- James:1:5; "If any of you lacks wisdom, let them ask God, who gives to all (that ask) liberrally (fully) and not upbraided (without scolding; anger or condemnation)..."
- 2 Peter 1:20 – 21; "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scriptures is of any personal interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man; but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."
- John 14:26; "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit,… He shall teach you all things…"
- John 16:13; "… When he, the Holy Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth; for he will not speak of himself, but whatever he shall hear, that he will speak."
- 1 Corinthians 2:9 – 14; "… The things which God has prepared for them that love him. But God has revealed them to us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God… The things of God no person knows, but the Spirit of God… That we might know the things that are freely given to us by God… Not in the words that humans wisdom teaches, but that which the Holy Spirit teaches."
- Luke 12:12; "For the Holy Spirit will teach you in the same hour what you ought to say."
- 1 John 2:27; "But the anointing (Holy Spirit) which you have received from him lives in you, you need not that any man teach you; but the same anointing teaches you all things…"
- Matthew 16:17; "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonas, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but by my Father who is in heaven."
- Ephesians 1:17; "That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him."
- Luke 2:26; "And it was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit…"
- Luke 11:9, 10; "… Ask and it will be given you… For everyone that asks, receives."
- 1 John 5:15; "… Whatever we ask, we know that we already have whatever we asked of him ."
- Ephesians 3:2 – 5; "How that by revelation he (Jesus) made known to me… Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the (Holy) Spirit."
In Galatians 1:11, 12, Paul gives a powerful testimony; "I guarantee you brethren (fellow Christians), that the gospel that I've preach is not from man. For I neither received it, nor was I taught it by man, but received it by revelation from Jesus Christ." Paul did not walk with Christ as the other apostles, he received his faith and knowledge from Jesus himself, through the Holy Spirit. He said, nothing he believes came from any man. Wow! Paul was raised a Jew, indoctrinated in the Jewish religion, much of which was false that Jesus disputed continuously. All of which was taught him by man, that he so thoroughly believed, that he was willing to torture and murder to be true to it. Yet, after being sent to Syria for three years, to be isolated and taught by the Holy Spirit, he came to make that bold confession; "… Nothing I believe came from man…" It is a testimony that is supposed to be ours as well. Can you say that? I have yet to meet a person that can. Are you humble and committed to testing the origin of what you believe?
Clearly, God had a much better way; to visit those of a sincere heart; to come and personally live in each and every one of us of genuine faith, ensuring that we might know and believe truth, and only truth; because only truth can set one free. We cannot be fully free to be victorious in the battle, or to be blessed, if we are unable to fulfill God's plan because of false instructions. We must pray (ask), and rely on the Father, through Jesus Christ, for Revelation that will come from the Holy Spirit.
It was said of Swiss reformer, Ulric Zwingli (born 1483 AD) that, he dared not attempt to explain Scripture in order to sustain a preconceived theory or doctrine, but held it his duty to learn what is its direct and obvious teaching. He sought to avail himself of every help to obtain a full and correct understanding of its meaning, and he invoked the aid of the Holy Spirit, which would, he declared, reveal it to all who sought it in sincerity and with prayer (asking).
These are four basic principles that must be followed to ensure a genuine pursuit of truth with intellectual integrity.
2) Sincere Pursuit
A Clean Slate
One must be willing to come to God's word uncommitted to all previously held beliefs; setting them aside, then testing them one by one against the word of God, before believing and acting upon them. Acting upon false beliefs will eventually result in harm to you and others. It is crucial to give God a clean mental slate to work with. This is one of the biggest reasons that so many read the Bible but are unable to receive the truth. They have been indoctrinated in certain false beliefs and doubts, and maintain those, not allowing God an opportunity to correct them. Everyone I've ever counseled or witness to have heard and believe things about God, Jesus and religion, that are not supported by God's word. Those false beliefs are a stumbling block to receiving the truth, and therefore must be removed if the desire to know the truth is sincere. We must not be beholding to any previous teaching or personal interpretation. One must come, as a child.
- Matthew 18:3 – 4; "Truly I say to you, unless you convert, and become as little children, y'all not enter the kingdom of heaven… Whoever will humble themselves as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
What are children like? They know nothing, and are totally dependent on their parents for teaching and guidance. As they grow; pride, ego and self determination cause many not to listen, thinking they know everything; having to find out the hard way, or not at all. They obey some rules, but not others. It is no different for most adults; even Christian adults. But, we should not risk finding out the hard way, or not at all. When Christ returns, it will be too late. We must come humbly as little children, knowing nothing, willing to be totally dependent on God for Revelation knowledge.
- Ephesians 1:17; Paul said, "… Making mention of you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ… May give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation knowledge of him."
In this series, you are likely to encounter adverse word; word that conflicts with word that you believe is true. Every adversity presents you with a choice, as if at an intersection of roads, with two or more directions from which to choose. Which one is our God given command?
- 2 Thessalonians 5:21; "Test and prove all things; hold fast that which is true (good, pure)."
- 2 Timothy 2:15; "Study, to show yourselves approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed, correctly separating the word of God (from false word)."
- 1 Peter 3:15; "… be ready always, to give an answer to everyone that asks you a reason for the hope (belief, faith) that is in you (that you hold fast to)…"
I reccommend that you restrain from speaking to others, sharing what you doing and learning. Adverse procedures (employing the Seven Principles) and teachings, which is much of what you are being taught here, will be in conflict with most in the world churches of today. Neither boast of what you are learning, nor question it amongst others; the indoctrinated. They will discourage you to continue. Paul instructed his disciples to avoid listening to others with adverse opinions and beliefs that differed from what he was teaching, ...
- Romans 16:17; "Now I beseech you, brethren (fellow Christians), take note of them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned (from me); and avoid them."
- Colossians 2:8; "Beware lest any man spoil you (lead astray) through philosophy and vain deceit after the traditions of men (opposing God's word), after the rudiments of the ways of the world and not after Christ."
- 1 Timothy 6:20 – 21; "Oh Timothy, keep that which is committed (what I taught you) to thy trust, avoiding profane (wicked: twisted, opposite) and vain (useless) babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so-called: which some professing have strayed concerning the faith."
... and declared;
- Galatians 1:11 – 12; "But I guarantee you brethren (fellow Christians), that the gospel which was preached by me I did not receive from man. For I neither received it from men, nor was I taught it, but by revelation from Jesus Christ.)
And John said,
- 2 John 10; "If they're come any unto you, that speak not this doctrine (what I taught you), do not receive them into your house, nor bid them God's blessing; for they that greet them with God's blessing shares in their evil deeds."
- 1 John 2:27; "but the anointing (Holy Spirit) which you have received from him abides (lives) in you, you need not that any man (person) teach you: but the same anointing teaches you of all things…"
Test and Prove All Things
Unbelievers; you must be willing to forget everything you've ever heard.
- Ephesians 4:17 – 18; "… Walk not as the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their minds, having their understanding darkened, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them…"
If you are to ever come to a genuine understanding of God's word, being certain that what you believe is truth, and to be able to support what you believe with confidence and competence; to have assurance of your faith and salvation, and to be fully empowered to live life as God intends for you, you must be willing to set aside everything you have ever learned and hold as truth about God, religion, morals, the Bible, etc., and give God a clean slate in which to write on.
Believers; you must be willing to test everything you belief.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:21 says, "Prove (test, try, discern, judge) all things; hold fast to that which is good (true, righteous)."
As we've seen, God tells us to test people and their words, and to prove all things. The things we believe are things. Because of the way in which we first learn about God, we inevitably harbor false teachings. Most of us are indoctrinated by denominational teachings; locking them down as truth without ever having tested them or their source. Remember, God is not in charge, we are. Therefore, we must ask God concerning every belief. God cannot work against preconceived beliefs that one is unwilling to test. Once locking something down as truth, human pride prohibits them from challenging that version. I received this Revelation when I asked God why so many pastors, who love him and have spent years, even decades reading his word, still harbor false teachings? He said, "Because, they never asked me."
- Luke 8:10; "Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God; but to others, it is given in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand."
- 1 Timothy 6:3 – 4; "if a man teaches and commits not… to the doctrine which is godliness, he is proud and knows nothing…"
But how do we do this properly? Most of us attempt to test what we believe by searching Scripture to find Scriptures that seem to support what we believe. This method is flawed. It will not prove that what you believe is true. If you come to the Scriptures to find versus to support a particular preconceived belief or agenda, you will impose it upon the Scriptures. Many have found Scriptures to support murder, pedophilia, bigamy, polygamy, incest, racism, bigotry, fornication (sexuel intercourse outside the covenant of marriage), divorce, etc.; sins of all kinds. There is only one method that can prove whether or not what you believe is truth or false. You must be willing to diligently try to prove yourself wrong; searching out and reconciling Scriptures that conflict with what you believe, to a preponderance of evidence.
Whenever we choose any other than our God given command, we are susceptible to believing something that is not true. As the diagram shows, it will lead us off the straight path that God intends we follow; the path of truth. Most people have formed a religion of their own; believing what they like, and discarding the rest. It is just as dangerous to believe something without first testing it, as it is to discard something that we don't like, or conflicts with something we've chosen to believe, without first testing it.
As we've learned, false word is devised by Satan to decieve and destroy, and is distributed amongst God's word. If you are not sincerely seeking God in truth, merely trying to prove yourself right, you cannot receive it. God blinds (intellectually) those that are not sincere in their pursuit of him. He causes them to not understand.
- John 12:37 – 40; "though he had done so many miracles before them, they still did not believe him… He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts (minds, souls), that they cannot perceive (understand)."
- 1 Corinthians 1:27 – 29; "but God has chosen the foolish ways of the world to confound the wise (those that think themselves wise, causing them to not understand)."
- 2 Corinthians 4:3; "but if our gospel be hid, it is hid from them that are lost (to be destroyed)."
The pursuit requires a long-term, steadfast commitment. A genuine, sincere pursuit is diligent, persistent, enduring and life long. You will not likely receive Revelation from God immediately. He observes how strong your desire is to know him and his ways by how much time you put into his word and your persistence during those times you're not receiving any understanding. Don't search for quick fixes. It will discourage you to stick with it when answers don't come right away. God's system requires faith to activate God. That faith develops by diligent continuance in his word. Don't give up and you will reach a breakthrough. God never ordains quit.
- Galatians 6:7-9; "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a person sows, that shove a wreath… For in due season we shall read, if we faint not."
- James 1:5 – 8; "If any of you lack wisdom, let them ask of God, that gives to all persons liberally… And it will be given them. But let them ask in faith, not wavering… For let not that person think that they shall receive anything from Yahweh."
- Romans 10:17; "So then, faith comes by hearing (Shema: listening for the purpose of understanding to perform) to the word of God."
- Hebrews 11:6; "But without faith, it is impossible to please him, for they that seek God must believe that he is God, and that he is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him."
- Deuteronomy 4:29; "But if from this time, you will seek Yahweh your God, you will find him, if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul."
- Deuteronomy 29:29; "the secret things belong to Yahweh, but those things which are revealed (written) belong to us and to our children forever, so that we may do all the words of this law."
- Deuteronomy 4:29; "but if from now on, you shall seek (chase after) Yahweh, your God, you shall (will) find him, if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul."
- Proverbs 7:15; "therefore, I came forth to meet you (God), to diligently seek your face, and I have found you."
- Proverbs 13:4; "the soul of the lazy is left empty, having nothing; but the soul (mind, thoughts) of the diligent shall be made abundant."
- Matthew 7:8; "for everyone that asks, receives; and of them who seek, find; and to them that knocks, it shall be opened."
- Hebrews 11:6; "but without faith it is impossible to please God; for they that come to God must believe that he is God, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
- Jeremiah 29:13; "and, you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart (mind, thoughts, soul)."
We must come with a genuine desire to "know" God. The word "know" in the Bible represents an intimacy.
- Genesis 4:1; "and Adam knew his wife Eve, and she conceived (a child)…"
- Luke 1:34; When Mary was confronted with the news that she was to have a child, she responded, "how shall this happen, seeing that I've never known a man."
- John 10:14; "I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known by them; v27, "my sheep hear (shama) my voice, I know them and they follow me."
Must Enter into CovenantMake a promise to God and keep it. In the Old Testament, offerings were the demonstration of having made a vow to God. And it says, "it is better not to make about to God, then to make one and not keep it." So don't make of vow in haste. Make one that you are reasonably able to keep. God will honor a vow kept. An example would be; "I promise to read your word once a day, if only for a moment; please reveal to me your truth that I might walk in it and desire it more and more." We will discover in lesson two, that this is the law of Covenant.
- Deuteronomy 23:21, 23; "When you shall vow (promise, oath) a vow unto Yahweh your God, you shall not be slack to pay (fulfill) it: for Yahweh your God will surely require it of the; and it would be sin (disobedient) in you…" God takes an oath, a person's word; honesty and faithfulness, very seriously; ie. marriage (That is why he hates divorce; it is breaking covenant; a sin). "That which has gone out of your lips, you shall keep and perform it, even a "free-will" offering, according (exactly) as you have vowed (promised) unto Yahweh your God, which you has promised…"
- Ecclesiastes 5:4, 5; "When you make a promise unto God, do not delay in paying it; because he has no pleasure in fools (the stupid): pay that which you have promised. It is better that you should not make a promise, then to make a promise and not keep it."
- Numbers 15:3 – 14; God said, "speak unto the children… Make an offering (vow, promise) to Yahweh,… A sacrifice in performing a promise… As you do, so will he do." God is faithful to reciprocate.
Repentance Restores Covenant
If by chance, you happen to miss fulfilling your promise, and it comes to your mind, such as having forgotten to read at an appointed time, or was unable to because of another commitment at that time, or for whatever reason, don't freak out; just repent; confess to our Father your mistake or inability to meet that particular requirement, and he is faithful to forgive you; then just make up that requirement. You then remain in right standing, having remained in covenant.
3) Obedience Required
Repent and Sin No More
God cannot hear from, nor speak to, those who "deliberately" disobey him; those that know his ways, but disregard them. Once one has come to the knowledge of any of God's truth, they must choose to walk in it, if they expect to continue to receive from God. Again, this is the law of Covenant. God cannot honor disobedience, those unfaithful. I'm not talking about an occasional mistake. I'm talking about persistent, deliberate disobedience; being a sinner."
- Matthew 7:21 – 24; "Not everyone that says to me Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of heaven; but (only) they that do the will of my Father who is in heaven.… And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, you that work iniquity (sin, disobedience)." Therefore, whoever hears these sayings of mine and does them, I liken them as a wise person…"
- Isaiah 59:2; "but your iniquities (disobedience) have separated you from God; your sins have caused his face to be hidden from you, so that he no longer hears you."
- Acts 28:26, 27; Spoken by Isaiah to the disobedient of Israel (Isaiah 5:20 – 6:10). "Go unto this people and say, hearing you shall hear and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see and not perceive. For the hearts (minds, thoughts) of this people have grown cold; they are ears dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and here with their years, and understand with their hearts (minds, thoughts, soul) and should be converted, and I should heal them."
- 1 Peter 2:8; "and a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense (referring to Jesus), even to them that stumble at the word (unable to understand), being disobedient…"
- Romans 11:7; "… Israel (because of their disobedience) has not obtained that which they sought for; but the elect (genuine Christians) has obtained it, and the rest were blinded."
- Psalms 34:17; However, "the righteous (right doers; 1 John 3:7) cry and Yahweh listens, and delivers them out of all their trouble."
- James 4:3; "You ask and receive not, because you ask with wrong intentions, putting your pleasures first."
- 1 John 3:22; "and whatever we ask, we receive from him, because we keep his commandments."
- Jeremiah: 7:28; "...This is a nation that does not obey the voice (word) of Yehvah their God, neither receives (able to receive) instruction: truth has perished (been destroyed), and is cut off from their mouth (they are no longer able to speak truth (because they don't know it)."
We must confess our disobedience to God, repent, with the desire to sin no more, asking him to forgive us, telling him that we want to receive Jesus's sacrifice on the cross as the price paid for our sins, and help that he might lead us into all righteousness; speaking and doing right, by Revelation of his word. When you do this, with all sincerity, God will (1)cleanse you of all past sins, and (2) lead you from unrighteousness, if you continue in this state of mind; a repentant mind.
- 1 John 1:9; "if we confess (Homologio; Grk.: homo: to come in line with; agreement; logio: word. It means to profess recognition that, according to God's word, you have done wrong, and that you repent, desiring to turn from doing wrong to do right; in agreement) our sins, he is trustworthy and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from unrighteousness (deliberate, really like it if you would wrong speaking and doing; sin)."
- Romans 3:25; "… For the remission of sins that are passed…"
- Acts 3:19; "Therefore, repent and be converted, so that your sins may be blotted out…"
- Luke 13:3; Jesus said, "I tell you know, unless you repent, you will all perish (be destroyed; spiritually)."
- James 4:17; "Therefore, to them that know to do right and does not do it, to them it is sin (willful disobedience)."
- Hebrews 10:26; " for if we sin willfully, after we have received knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins."
We are commanded to forgive others that have and will harm us. It is also required for the forgiveness of our sins as Jesus states below. This repentance prompts a confession (Homologio) that is a demonstration of genuine repentance.
- Luke 6:37; Matthew 6:15; "If you do not forgive men (others) their trespasses, neither will God forgive you yours."
- Mark 11:25 "And when you stand praying, forgive; if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also, who is in heaven, will forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father, which is in heaven, forgive your trespasses."
Homework: Study Matthew 18:23-(34)35, and Luke 17:1-4.
We are at a distinct disadvantage to understanding "the Scriptures", from those that spoke the very language, Hebrew, that God had established the original scriptures in. It was those scriptures that God instructed Joshua to read day and night, so that he could obey them, so that he would prosper wherever he went; not the bible. (Jos. 1:5-9). It is imperative that we retranslate the bible, using theses principles, after first applying the first three Covenant Principles, in order to reach the truth of the originals.
4) Times and Intent
Whenever studying a historic document; the U. S. Constitution, the Bible, etc., one must, in order to be true and honest to the document, study it within the context of the conditions of the times in which it was written, and within the intent of the one who wrote it. Otherwise, one cannot get the true meaning, intention, nor intellectual purpose for the existence of the document, and will, by accident or intention, impose their beliefs or agenda upon the document. One must selah. Selah is a Hebrew word that God uses many times throughout the Old Testament, instructing us to stop and meditate, contemplate, think deeply on a particular scripture. That is necessary to truly envelope yourself in the times in which that scripture was written, and with the intent of the one who wrote it. God will lead you to additional study to better understand the times and intent.
Example: Did Jesus have long hair? Unlikely. It was shameful for a Jewish man to wear his hair long. Longhair on men was common amongst the Romans, but not the Jews. Jesus was ridiculed for being a gluton, which suggests that he was not thin, but likely full bellied, and a drinker, one who drank wine and spirits, but never for having long hair, which was considered a disgrace to God. The depiction of Jesus with longhair and thin, muscular body, was a Roman Catholic concept, not Jewish, nor Christian.
- 1 Corinthians 11:13 – 16; "Judge yourselves: is it proper for a woman to pray to God (with her head) uncovered? Does not even nature itself teach you, that if a man have longhair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman has longhair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given her for a covering. If anyone wants to disagree about this; we (Jews) have no such custom (men wearing longhair), nor do the congregations of God."
Example: Here is an example of devastating consequences: On the surface, it seems in the New Testament that being rich is bad, and being poor is good. This misinterpretation has contributed to the "class warfare" mentality gripping our nation, and our congregations. There is an ungodly disdain being propagated against people of wealth, the creators of jobs ( I've never gone to a poor man for a job), those providing for all peoples in the world. I've never seen any church ministry anywhere, reaching out to the wealthy to capture the lost. They clearly don't matter in the eyes of the "world churches". This attitude is meant to serve Satan by pitting us against one another, and a house divided cannot stand (Mt. 12:25). This demonic interpretation has also served to financially rob "The Church" of the riches God desires it possess to do His will.
If rich is bad, why then is it that the men throughout the O.T., that served God, were made rich, (Abraham: Gen. 13:2; Isaac: 26:12-14; Jacob: 30: -43; 31:9 (Prov. 13:22); Joseph: 39:2-5; etc.) and that we are taught that if we follow in His ways we will be rich as well (Joshua 1:7-9; PS. 112:3; Prov. 10:22; 13:22; 2 Cor. 8: 7-9). The "rich" referred to in the NT times, were men that placed their faith in their wealth (PS. 49:6; Mt. 19:16-22; 1Tm. 6:17-19), taking God for granted, glorifying themselves for their accomplishments, hoarders of wealth, not sharing or giving (sowing) back. Their wealth however, is the result of following in God's ways, His laws, principles that produce wealth, or they would not have gained wealth (Deut. 8:18). Likewise, poverty is caused (Prov. 26:2). It is the result of not following in God's ways (Prov. 4: 5-9; 10:15; 13:18; 24:4; Mt. 11:19). The reference to the poor, is typically referring to those that are helpless. Those that have fallen into helplessness at a particular time; such as widows and orphans; or perhaps those struck by storms, who've lost a job or been injured in a vehicle crash. They are never meant to stay that way for long. They are instructed to "sow", give (the Law of Sowing and Reaping) themselves in to prosperity through God's ways (Gen. 26:12; 2Cor. 9:6 Gal. 6:7; Mt. 25:15-28; Luke 6:38), and to be good stewards of, and faithful with what they do have (Mt. 25:15-28; Luke 16:1-13; 19:27). Perpetual takers will never prosper long; ie. social welfare. They will barely receive enough to get by, and will resent the one's who give it because they will always perceive it as not enough which fosters ungodly bitterness and strife. They will never have enough to fulfill God's will in their life by being financially able to be a blessing to others as we are all called to be (Prov. 10:15). For them to become prosperous, they must be required to sow their fair share (Ex. 30:14-15). Money is always a blessing. It is ungodly choices that bring about curses (Deut 11:26-28; 28).So, interpreting within the context of the times in which it was written, and within the intent of the one who wrote it, is critically important.
5) Who To?
It is imperative to identify who is being spoken to or about; i.e. Christian versus non-Christian, Jew versus Gentile, etc.; with regard to whom the word / message is being directed to. God does not give the same instruction to all, therefore it is crucial that one determines who is being spoken to or about. A scripture falsely translated, corrupts The Church.
Example: Much is preached to Christians, disciples, that they are instructed by God in Matthew 28:19, to go out and evangelize and teach about God. But that is not true. In that scripture, Jesus is speaking to 11 specific men. Men that Jesus separated out from among the multitude of disciples (chapters 24-26) which he had previously been speaking to for hours. Those 11 had received an estimated 20,000 hours of teaching over the previous 3.5 years. It is at that time that Yehshua ordained them as apostles, which means; a delegate, an ambassador, one who is sent to represent. Not every Christian is prepared nor ordained by God to do so. Most who are evangelizing, including most pastors, are sent by men, not God, having been indoctrinated in theological seminaries. This is why sooo much false teaching can be heard in almost all churches. This misunderstanding of this scripture has been a monumental detriment to the body of Christ and to the spreading of Christianity. Ignorance begets ignorance, not truth.
Example: Brother / brethren; in a literal sense refers to a blood relative; but most often is metaphorically referred to as a fellow Jew in the Old Testament, and a fellow Christian in the New Testament. The result of this misinterpretation has resulted in the syphoning off of billions of dollars out of the body of Christ, who were supposed to be the beneficiaries, which God intended, for it to be a Blessing to one another. Instead, it has been used to bless sinners around the world, making no distinction between sinner and saint. When God speaks of us being benevolent, He is always referring to it being toward the body of Christ, which are represented by Jews in the O.T., with the exception of merely being a good neighbor, being courteous and helping one in need that we come across in our daily lives (Mt.5:43-47; Lk. 25-37); but not that we should be seeking out sinners in despair and blessing them. It is their disobedience to Yehvah that they are experiencing the curse. Blessing them in their sin will not truly convert them to obedience and the cross; only The Word can do that (Romans 17). Jesus only healed and fed the multitudes (both sinners and saints) after they "came", "followed Him", and spent the day there, being eager to hear Him (Mt. 14:13-). Benevolence toward sinners should never precede their coming to hear The Word with the intent on following it.
- Deuteronomy 17: 15; "...you are to not set a stranger to rule over you; one that is not your brother." God makes the distinction between under the rule of a gentile, heathen, sinner (representing a non-Christian in the New Testament), and a fellow Jew (representing a Christian in the New Testament); 24:7; "If a (Jewish) man be caught stealing from his brethren, of the children of Israel,…"
- Leviticus 25:47; "...they shall be your slave forever, but over your brethren, the children of Israel, you shall not rule over one another with rigour (cruelly, severely)."
- Matthew 25:40; "… In as much, as you have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it to me."
Example: In John 10:28 and 29, Jesus is declaring a promise; a guarantee, but it is not for just anyone. The answer to a critical question must be identified, who is he talking about? Who is it that will receive this promise? Who are "they"? Verse 27 tells us who "they" are. It is those described in verse 27, and those only, so long as they remain so, that will receive the promise of verses 28 and 29.
- John 10:27; "My sheep hear (Shema; listening for the purpose of understanding and obeying) my voice, and I know (have an intimate personal relationship) them, and they follow (obey) me…" Study versus 26 to 30.
Note: The epistles are all written to Christian congregations.
Belief 6) Define and Translate
Read slowly, considering, emphasizing and properly defining and re-translating words, by using the dictionaries afore mentioned. When encountering Scripture that we don't understand, or seems to conflict with other Scripture, we must not ignore it. We must learn to identify those keywords that need original clarification; so as to get a deeper, more complete understanding, in order to be fully empowered by the truth.
- Believe: Greek; Pisteuo; To trust in, rely on, to cling to, to become one with. It has two meanings at it's root: the word "belief" is the combining of two words; to "be" with, and to "live" or "exist". It literally means "to live in accordance with". It denotes a corresponding action. A belief always produces and action; speaking and performing in accordance with the formed belief. As you can see, it is far more than merely believing Jesus is who he said he was. James tells us in 2:19 that, "… The devils also believe, and tremble. But do you not know,… That faith without works is dead (ceases to function, unprofitable, useless, of no value)."
- Faith: Greek; Pistis: faithfulness, trustworthy, fidelity as in a marriage. Clearly, a two-way relationship based on trust towards one another. Such as; you and God. You must believe that you can trust him; and conversely, He must be able to trust you.
- Confess: The word confess is translated from two different words in the New Testament. The first: exomologeo (Rom. 14:11); to verbally profess, publish, convey. The second: homologeo (1Jn 1:9): homo; to be in agreement, in line with; logio: word. To profess being in allegiance with. It not only means that one is professing to conform to ones word, but that they have recognized that they have been doing wrong. It is a verbal expression of repentance; turning from a wrong actions(s) and commitment to a correct action(s).
- Temperance: Greek; egkratela: Self control. It does not mean that one cannot express a disagreement or anger; but that it is done so with thoughtful consideration and control (Mk. 11:15; Jn. 2:15).
- Patience: Greek; hupomone: enduring, patient continuance, steadfast, persevering, diligent.
- Hear: Hebrew; Shema: to listen, deliberately and intelligently, for the purpose and intent of understanding to accurately obey (Deut. 6:1-(3).
- Know: Hebrew; yada: to be intimate with, thoroughly knowledgeable of, able to recognize and relate; i.e., Genesis 4:1; Luke 1:34; Matthew 7:23; John 17:3.
- Follow: Greek; akoloutheo: to be in the same way with, to accompany, union, intimate, to obey. Study; John 10:3 – 6; 14 – 16; 27 – 29. Hebrew 6:12; "...that you be not lazy, but followers of them who through faith and patience (steadfast endurance) inherit the promises."
- Seek: Hebrew; baqash: to search out, inquire of, procure, chase after; persistent until found. Also, Hebrew; darash: To follow after, pursue, to worship, to idolize.
- Pray / Prayer: In the Old Testament is translated from six different words. Over 95% of the time those words are used, they do not mean to praise or worship, but to ask. Asking IS the highest form of worship. It is a confession that one cannot do it and that they need God, and that they believe that He can, AND will do it.
- Amen: It be; It is done, accomplished. Past tense. Once a prayer, something asked for, is said, one must believe that that which they asked for IS DONE, in the spirit realm, and that it is only a matter of time before it manifests in the natural, "...IF you faint not" (patience; don't give up believing, but fall into unbelief, before God has a chance to bring it to pass His way). Remember, genuine faith / belief, will be followed by corresponding actions. Statements and actions contrary to the intended end are a demonstration of unbelief, and will cause that which was asked for to not come to pass. You must perfect your words and actions to confirm with what you are believing for, as if already done (Mk. 11:24). This IS living in the spirit; being spirit minded; understanding that everything in the natural realm begins as a thought dwelt upon and confirmed by relentless faith in the spirit realm (Hb. 1 & 3). If you express unbelief in words or actions, simply express this to our Father, reaffirming that which you are believing for WILL come to pass, and repent from speaking and acting contrary. Continue on speaking and acting as if it is already done, diligently perfecting your actions, and should you make a mistake, repeat the formula (law and order). This is the formula when any sin, disobedience or expression of unbelief is committed. The contrary actions are what breaks covenant in that thing. Homologio is what restores covenant. (Note: Prayers dwelt on by faith are ALWAYS answered. Even those that are against God's will for you; Satan answers those. Be very careful what you ask for and think on; it will eventually come to pass. Be certain before you ask, that it lines up with God's will for you. For instance, I've heard people pray for loans, when God has told us not to borrow (Deut 15:16; Pro. 22:7). Unbelief is the only reason that a prayer is not answered by God, UNLESS the prayer is against God's established "laws and order" that rule this universe. Much more to come about that in the next lesson.)
- Fornication / whoring: Sexual relations and related activity outside of marriage is unlawful; representing an attempt at the benefits of oneness (unity, family) without obligation of promise; covenant.
Sexual relations are ordained by God to be between a man and a woman that have entered the marriage covenant; becoming one (which is represented in the physical design by which a man and women engage themselves in intimacy and procreation), to symbolize the intimacy between a genuine believer when they enter into the marriage covenant with Jesus. We are metaphorically referred to as the bride, and Jesus as the groom, under God.
Reference: Matthew 9:15; John 3:29; Revelation 21:9 – 10; 22:17.
God often used this term metaphorically to represent infidelity by Israel when they sought other gods and interests before him; trying to meet their own needs without him; having broken covenant.
Reference: 2 Chronicles 21:11; Isaiah 23:17; Ezekiel 16:15, 26 – 29; Acts 15:20.
And apparently, God finds the breaking of covenant to be quite serious, an abomination. God deeply desires that all might be in covenant with him, without which, no one can enter the kingdom; to be with him throughout eternity.
- 1 Timothy 2:4; "… Who (God) desires to have all men (humans, people) to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. Because there is one God (Yahweh), and one mediator between God and men (humans, people), the man Christ Jesus…"
Reference: 1 Corinthians 5:1, 9, 10; 6:9, 13 – 20; 7:1 – 5.
- Galatians 5:19; "now the works of the flesh are manifest (naturally obvious), which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance (strife, conflict, quarreling), emulations (envy, jealousy), wrath, strife, sedition's (dissension, division), heresies (separation; also referred to as speaking against), Envying's (ill will), murderers, drunkenness, revelings (brawling, rioting), and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in times past, that they which do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."
Reference: Matthew 15:19; Mark 7:21; Ephesians 5:3; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Jude 7; Revelation 2:14, 20, 21; 9:21; 14:8; 17:2, 4; 18:3, 9; 19:2.
- Neighbor: Hebrew; reya: Greek; plesion: an associate, one near, close by. It refers to one that you are closest to at any given time in proximity; whoever you encounter; at work, at home, in your neighborhood, at the grocery, stranded on the side of the road, etc.
- Luke 10:33; The good Samaritan; Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 19:19; "… Love (treat) your neighbor as yourself (as you would want to be treated)."
Since some words can have more than one meaning or variation, common reasoning will be needed to determine the context in which the writer was referring; for instance;
- Power: translates both as strength, and as authority. Is important to know which they are referring to.
- Heaven / Heavens / Heavenly Kingdom: There are three heavens referred to in Scripture: The third heaven; located outside this universe, the spirit realm, where God resides; the heaven, or heavens, which is the cosmos; the atmosphere between Earth and where God resides; and the heavenly kingdom, which will one day be established on earth, but that already exists in the spirit realm, and is available now.
Metaphors and similes are used extensively throughout Scripture. We must be able to identify symbolic terms; able to determine when certain words are used literally, and when they are used symbolically.
- Seed: literally refers to a plant seed, however, is used symbolically as any thing said or done; money, time, faith, words, actions, etc.; as being sewn, with an expected return.
- Heart: The word is used extensively throughout Scripture and I have yet to find it used in a literal sense. Metaphorically it refers to our thoughts, thinking, mind; our souls: the individual personality of our spirits defined by our thoughts.
These are words that all refer to one thing (these lists are not exhaustive; just some of the examples)
- Sin: Disobedience (of God's word), transgression, iniquity, leaven, darkness, ungodliness, unrighteousness (1John 5:17).
- Sinners (out of covenant with God; non-Christian): Disobedient, the world, Egypt, wilderness, the nations, stiff-necked, gentiles, hardened (heart), unrighteous, condemned, the lost, foreigner, alien, heathen, stranger, adulterer, whore, unclean.
- Genuine Christian(s): The righteous, believer, obedient (who obey), Godly, the elect (chosen ones; no longer Israel after Jesus was rejected and died)), adopted, grafted in, good, light, unashamed, body of Christ, house, brethren / brother, saint, the church, heavenly kingdom, saved, a child of God (only those in covenant with God are children of God (John 1:12; Rom. 8:16; 9:1-8; Gal. 3:9, 26; 1John 3; 11:11 - 24 ; all others are mere creations).
- Heavenly Kingdom: Promised land.
- One of Authority: Crown, head, ruler, king, horn, serpent, staff / rod.
- Jesus: The way, a door, bread, light, christ (anointed one),
- Satan: devil, demon, Babylon, oppressor, lier, Lucifer, leviathan, serpent.
- Israel(ites): The called, the elect (before the rejection and death of Jesus; now Christians). All admonitions for Israel are for Christians, accept for sacrifices, which Jesus's death satisfied.
Here are some words that I've heard some distort, even their true English meaning, to support a preconceived theology. These words definitions represent a current state of being; they in no way imply an absolute, everlasting or unchangeable future condition; saved, sealed, have, is, forgiven, sanctified, justified, righteous, etc.
Legal Terms; both literal and symbolic.
- Sanctified: Hebrew; qadash; cleansed, purified, holy. Sanctification comes by faith (pisteuo) in the word.
- Ephesians 5:26; "… That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word…"
- 1 Timothy 4:5; "… For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer."
- Just / Justified: Satisfaction of debt. Restitution (restored to previous status), in right standing; a court adjudication satisfied. Christians are justified by the work of Jesus.
- Acts 13:39; "… Through this man (Jesus) is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins (breaking God's laws; crimes)… And by him all that believe are justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses." Jesus paid the fine.
- Leviticus 17:11; The law remained, but the sacrifices and. "… Because the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul."
- Hebrews 10:1 – 19; "because the law, having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of those things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year after year, continually make the comers thereunto perfect… The worshipers once cleansed should have had no more conscience of sins; but those sacrifices brought to remembrance again and again the sins every year; for it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.… Therefore, when he (Jesus) came into the world, he said (to God), "Sacrifice and offering you wouldest (require not), but a body you have prepared me… I come to do the will, O God". He takes away the first, that he may establish the second; by which, we are sanctified through the offering (sacrifice) of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all…Now where remission (forgiveness) of these (sins) is, there is no more offering (required) for sin. Having therefore, brethren (fellow Christians), boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus…"
Righteous: Hebrew; tsaddiyq; to be, in a moral sense; brightness, just, legal, lawful, virtuous. Doing what is right, according to God's ways; referred to as commandments, laws, admonitions and statutes.
- Romans 6:23; "… You are slaves of the one you obey, even are sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness... Present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification… Because the wages of sin is death."
- James 2:24; "You see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith alone."
- 1 John 3:3; "Little children, let no one deceive you; he that does righteousness, is righteous, even as he (Jesus) is righteous."
Reference: 1 John 1:9; Galatians 5:5; Philippians 3:9; Romans 1:17, 18; 8, 4; Matthew 5:20.
Repent: Hebrew; nacham; Greek; metanoeo; to reconsider, to be sorry, grieve, in distress, regret, reversal, to think different or opposite, to turn the opposite way. Used in association with Yahweh calling sinners to stop sinning; to turn from their evil ways.
- Ezekiel 14:6; "...therefore, say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the Lord; "Repent, turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations."
- Luke 13:2 – 3; and Jesus answering said unto them, "Do you suppose that these Galatians were the worse centers of all relations, because they permitted such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish (be destroyed)."
- Acts 3:19; "Repent you therefore, and be converted, so that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord…"
- Revelation 2:5; "Remember therefore, from where you have fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto you quickly, and will remove your candlestick (lampstand; your position as a genuine Christian, salvation) out of his place, unless you repent."
Confess: Greek; Homologio; To profess agreement with word. Eight knowledge wrong doing and desire to come in agreement with God's word.
- 1 John 1:9; "if we (genuine Christians) confess our sins (unlawful mistakes), he (Yahweh) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Salvation: Greek; soteria; (from root soter; deliverer, savior) to rescue, safety, deliver, health, wellness, save. It does not always refer to eternal life. It is important to make that distinction. God's deliverance is not exclusive. It includes every difficulty of life.; curse.
7) Let Scripture Interpret Scripture
By studying it within;
A) Proper Context to Surrounding Scripture:
Scripture must be allowed to interpret Scripture by studying it within context to surrounding Scripture.
- Romans 7:15 – 25: It sounds as if Paul is talking in the current sense, as if still struggling with his intended behavior. However, when we look at 7:5, and 8:10, we see that he is referring to his past, before being "reborn from above (John 3:3; "born again")".
B) Proper Context to Entirety of Scripture, by a Preponderance of Evidence:
When addressing a particular difficulty or issue, or we encounter Scripture that seems to conflict with other Scripture, or even defining a word in the proper context of which it is being used, we must reference every Scripture that even remotely speaks to, in any way, the topic of interest. Then, assigning those Scriptures deemed relevant, to one side of the argument or the other, we can determine a preponderance of evidence. If you have four Scriptures that seem to say one thing, but two dozen that say the opposite, the truth will be that which has the most scriptural support. You would then need to apply the previous "translational principles" to those Scriptures of least support to determine the interpretational error.
Here are two Scriptures that sound like polar opposites, yet both are true. Misunderstanding these can be spiritually fatal.
- Ephesians 2: 8 – 9; "… by grace Are we say through faith;… and not by works (obedience), lest any man (person) boast."
- James 2:24; "You see then How it is By works (Obedience) A man (Person) Is justified, And Not alone Faith."
C) If it Makes No Sense, then it isn't True:
If something makes no sense, is unreasonable, then it isn't likely true. There may be something that you don't understand, that may or may not be true, but if it makes no sense, it isn't likely true.
- 1 Corinthians 6:9 – 10; "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revelers, nor extortioners, will inherit the kingdom of God."
- Galatians 5:16 – 21; "This I say, walk in the spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Because the flesh lusts (covets; intends to possess that which is unlawful) against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh; so that you cannot do the things that you should. But, if you be led by the spirit you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest (visibly obvious), which are these; adultery, fornication (sexual relations outside the covenant of marriage), uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, in your relations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murderers, drunkenness, reveling's, and the like: of which I tell you before, as I have told you in times past, that they which do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."
D) The Opposite is True:
Something is true, then the opposite must be true as well.
Example: John 15:10; Jesus said, "If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love." Therefore, If you do not keep my commandments, you will not abide in my love. Make sense?
Of American reformer William Miller, it was said, that he endeavored to lay aside all preconceived opinions, and dispensing with commentaries (teachings of others), he compared Scripture with Scripture by the aid of the… concordance. When he found anything obscure, it was his custom to compare it with every other text which seem to have any reference to the matter under consideration. Every word was permitted to have its proper bearing upon the subject of the text, and it is a view of it harmonized with every collateral passage, it ceased to be a difficulty. Thus, whenever he met with the passage hard to be understood, he found an explanation in some other portion of the Scriptures.