Interpretation

Interpretation

Some rules to follow when we want to extract the meaning of a verse, chapter or subject in the Scriptures. Keeping in mind that the writer of the bible, God, established a principle within what is written in the bible and the only way to know these principles is by relying on God's Spirit as it is expressed in the following passages:

"These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father." John 16:25

"I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now." John 16:12 Why they couldn't bear it? because they needed to be born again, which took place after Jesus's resurrection. compare with John 3:3-6

 
"Howbeit when HE (personal pronoun), the Spirit of truth, is come, HE will GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH: for HE shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever HE shall hear, that shall HE speak: and HE will shew you things to come.
He shall glorify me: for HE shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that HE shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you." John 16:15

"But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things." 1 John 2:20

"But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." 1 John 2:27. The verse that precede this passage speaks of "These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.". From them you need no doctrines nor teachings because they are trying to seduce you, which are stray from the truth and out of God's path. Verse 27 IS NOT suggesting that Christians does not need the gospel ministers, because they were giving to the church to help them to grow in Christ. Compare Eph. 4:11-16; Heb. 13:7, 17.  

The reason why many Christians had failed to extract God's absolute truth from the Scriptures is because they rely on their own abilities and not on the Holy Spirit. "Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil." Prov. 3:7

Context:

Don't

This a very common mistake most people do. Do not take any passage, chapter or subject out of the context.  If you do, as many are doing it today, you will twist and corrupt the principle expressed within the content of the text. God's absolute truths has been inserted in the Scriptures and the only way to extract them is by the correct separation of the truth and the vehicle that was used to transport it. By the vehicle I mean the method used by the writer in any passage, chapter or subject to introduce the principle. God placed His principles or absolutes truths in the bible (books) in a human language so that we can understand and obey Him.

Do

The context of any passage in the Scriptures can be very extensive and in some areas not easy to breakdown, unless we rely completely in the guidance of the Holy Spirit. so, how vast is the context? It can be categorize as follow:

  • History
  • Original languages used in the text
  • The reasons that moved God to inspired the writer to write the book
  • The people involved in the writing, which included; their customs, traditions, mentality, etc.
  • Methods used by the writer or person to communicate God's message to that specific situation
  • The covenant involved in such passage, chapter or subject
  •  The method used by the writer to communicate the principle or divine truth, whether is a parable, figure of speech, symbol, type, allegory, poetry, and prophecy
  • Always follow the grammatical rules
  • Geographic involve in the passage in question

Extracting God's absolute truths from the Scriptures is more than just guessing what the writer meant when he wrote. We must no rely on our own abilities to understand God's word but instead, we must depend on God's guidance at all time.

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." Prov. 1:7

The Hebrew word used in Prov. 1:7 is "yir'âh", which mean "respect, reverence, fear, have someone in high esteem and honor. We must have respect for God's word when we are trying to extract the meaning of a passage.  Corrupt and twist any concept expressed by God in His word  will carry consequences as it is expressed in the following passages;

"And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." Rev. 22:19

Many people have taking passages of the Scriptures out of their context to excuse or justify their condition, but instead they are bringing upon themselves destruction. This is one of the reason why we need "Spiritual Discernment" more than ever. In the book of 1 John 4:1 says;

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."

If you are ignorant about what the Scriptures express of God, you are completely expose to be deceive by these false and demonic spirits. In our days we will see the increase of false doctrines, which will confuse and corrupt many because of the lack of spiritual discernment.

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron." 1 Tim. 4:1-2

Demons will use false teachers to spread lies and deceives so that many get confuse and lost. The fear of the Lord will refrain you from twisting God's word and by doing so, you will honor God.


Subject matter:

Don't

Never try to extract the meaning of a passage, chapter or book of the bible without "the subject matter", which is the topic dealt with or the subject represented in a debate, exposition, or work of art. for instance "God is the subject matter of the entire bible", which means that you can not speak of the bible and not speak about God. Avoid using your own personal opinions above any principle or absolute truth express clearly in the Scriptures.  All religions, cults, false doctrines and fallacies are the result of putting opinions above God's principles and absolute truths. Do not build your own babel tower, in which these individuals replaced what God had provide for the own material, as it is expressed in Gen. 11:1-9. which lead us into the following question, How many individuals in the church are replacing the materials that God had provided and using they own? many. They don't rely on what God had provided but instead they rely in their own abilities and had copied the corrupted system of religions, which have as source satanic strategies and are doomed in their own ideas.

Do

One of the first thing we need to do when it comes to extracting the meaning of specific passage, is to find out the subject matter in it, and it will be in complete harmony with the context in which the passage, chapter or book was written. Failure to do so will lead anyone into error and it will bring consequences upon such person.


Guidance of The Holy Spirit:

Don't

The interpretation of the Scriptures DOESN'T depend upon your intellectual abilities but rather in the revelation and illumination by The Holy Spirit. Most of time our intellectual abilities get in the way and prevented us from receiving the revelation expressed within the inspired word. There is nothing wrong with growth in our intellect, which is part of our soul, as long as such intellectual growth doesn't become an impediment for us to receive the truth. The intellect located in our soul filter the information that receive through the physical senses  and then storage it. Later our own soul use that information through the reason. A person that rely on his own intellect, will also rely on his own reason, which will create a shield that will reject anything that not logical to the reason and mind. Such person is called "a natural man", which is control by his own soul and physical senses.

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Cor. 2:14

Do

In order for us to understand what is written in the bible, we must rely on the influence and guidance of The Holy Spirit. For He was send by the Father in Jesus name as it is express in the following passages:

"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." John 14:16-17

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." John 14:26


Interpretation:

Don't

Never force the Scriptures to say something that doesn't say. It's a common mistake to give a personal meaning to a passage of the Scriptures and by doing so, many have twisted the real meaning of such passage. God is the author of the bible and we must respect the principle or truth that God had placed in it. Many Christians read the Scriptures looking for answers to their problems but because they don't rely on the guidance of The Holy Spirit, they end up creating fallacies and doctrines of man.

"But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." Mat. 15:9

Do

When you're reading the Scriptures, you must follow God's thoughts as He placed them in the Scriptures and keep the harmony that joint each passage. There is no contradiction in the Scriptures, when something is conflicting or in contradiction in the interpretation of a certain passage, is because you are breaking the harmony that keep together such principle or truth. The Scriptures can not be reason by the human  mind but instead it must be believe.

"For we walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Cor. 5:7

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Rom. 12:2

We must receive the literal meaning of the Scriptures as it's written, unless the meaning of the passage contradict or creates a conflict with other passages of the Scriptures. For example John 10:9

" I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."

The language used by Jesus is figurative and not literal. Do not forget that figurative language express a absolute principle or truth from God. another example is Mat. 5:13-14

"Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid."

are we a chunk of salt? or are we a literal light? the answer is no. The language is figurative that express a absolute principle or truth from God in us.


The writing of God's Word:

One thing to keep in mind: God's word was not originally wrote in verses and chapters. It was divided to provide a easy access to the topics and locate any section quicker. The problem comes when some people read a verse or chapter of the Scriptures and the line of thought was separated when was divided and such readers tend to extract the thought expressed in it but it is not complete. So, any reader of the Scriptures but find within the chapters of the book, where the writer started the line of thought and that way we can extract and comprehend The Word of God. This link can provide you with more comprehensive knowledge about who and why the bible was divided in verses and chapters. Verses and chapters


Paraphrases:

A paraphrase is a restatement of speech or writing that retains the basic meaning while changing the words. A paraphrase often clarifies the original statement by putting it into words that are more easily understood. When used relate to a translation of the bible, the language used might change the meaning of a passage. Changing the meaning may lead someone into a confusion, fallacy or error. Many people had relied on version like NIV, which had changed and removed passages of the bible. The following link provide with a list of passages removed by this version, which is complete corrupted. Removed verses from the bible by NIV

The bad is news is that many Christians are relying on version like NIV to study God's word and they are been leading to confusion. Even many so called pastors and leaders are using this corrupted version of the bible. For more information about these corrupted versions click on this link; Corrupted versions of the bible

Satan will use anything that will bring confusion and chaos to those that are looking for answers. We must rely on God's guidance, faithfulness and trustworthiness to find the answers we are looking for.