Misinterpreted, Misunderstood and Misapplied #5
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John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Miss – Baptism is required in order to be saved.
Context - John 3:3-8 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Correct Interpretation – In the context Jesus is talking to Nicodemus about two births, one physical and one spiritual, one natural, from the earth, one supernatural, from above. Nicodemus confusedly asks how can he go back into the womb? Jesus explains that a person must be born of water (the womb, physical, earthly) and of the spirit (born again, second birth, born from above)
John 14:13-14 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”
Miss- Jesus promises to give us everything we ask Him for. Better than a genie in a lamp, because you don’t even need a lamp to rub.
Context: John 14:8-14 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it
Interpretation - The setting for this passage is the Last Supper that take place the night before Jesus will be arrested, tried and then crucified. John 14-16 is called the Upper Room Discourse and it is the last great instruction that Jesus will give His apostles. These verses 13-14 are in response to the request made by Phillip.
Jesus wants the apostles to fully comprehend that He and the Father are one, not just in purpose but also in deity as God. He then tells them because He will be going to the Father, they will be able to do even greater works than He has done. This is possible because the believers will have the power of prayer and be able to do not just works that flow from Christ in one place at one time on the earth, but works that accompany all believers in all place at all times. The “all things” that believers would ask are the things that the Father and Jesus would do. Not selfish, materialistic requests but praying for those things that would bring glory to God and further the work of Christ.
Praying in Jesus name means praying in the same way that Jesus would pray.
One commentator put it this way, “We are invited to do the work of Jesus and pray, making known all requests, in His name. Through the mutuality of Jesus and the Father, we are assured each petition will be answered according to God’s will and glory.”
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good …
Miss – Everything is going to be wonderful and will work out in a good way.
Context - Romans 8:28-30 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Interpretation - The proper understanding is in qualifier “called according to His purpose.” It is a statement of the sovereignty and providence of God. It is the good of His purpose as we are called to it.
2 Peter 3:8 One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Miss- Evolution is possible because the six days of creation aren’t 24 hours days but could be 1000-year days or any undetermined length of time.
Context - 2 Peter 3:8-9 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Proper Word Usage - The Hebrew word used for day in the Genesis 1 is yom and it means 24 hours, also in the context of Genesis each day of creation closes with Genesis 1:13 And the evening and the morning were the third day. Which defines the time period as a normal day.
Interpretation: Peter was not writing about creation but about the long suffering or patience of God before judgment come. Peter is simply saying that God is not on our timetable but His own.
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Misinterpreted. Jesus’ faith saves me or give me new life.
Interpretation: The phrase by the faith of the Son of God, is in the objective case, meaning the object of my faith is the Son of God. Jesus does not need faith, He knows all things. Nor can anyone be saved by the faith of another, our faith in Jesus Christ is what brings salvation. Though the KJV does justice to the Greek case here, it makes the verse tricky to understand. We would read it as “the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.” More accurately, but awkwardly it would be, “the life I now live in the flesh I live because the Son of God is the object of my faith”
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Miss – In God’s power I can do anything!
Context – Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. -- I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Interpretation - Paul, under house arrest and awaiting trial, tells the church at Philippi, thanks for the gift they have sent him in prison. He then tells them, that though he is appreciative, he was not worried or suffering need, because he is content though Christ, who gives him the strength to be content in all situations. It is not about being a super Christian by Christ, it is about know super contentment in Christ.
KJV Caveats (Archaic Words)
Ague Fever Leviticus 26:16
Amerce To impose a fine as punishment Deuteronomy 22:19
Besom Broom Isaiah 14:23
Bewray Reveal; give away a secret Isaiah 16:3
Blains Blisters, sores, or boils Exodus 9:9
Bolled Producing or bearing small, round seed pods Exodus 9:31
Botch Bulge, boil, tumor, swollen area Deuteronomy 28:27
Bruit Report; rumor; sound; noise Nahum 3:19
Choler Intense anger; Fury; Wrath Daniel 11:11
Churl One who is harsh, uncaring, and of vile character Isaiah 32:5
Clouts Scrap cloth used to repair holes in tents or garments; Patch cloth Jeremiah 38:11
Collop A fold or roll of flesh or fat Job 15:27
Confectionaries Those who make perfumes and fragrant oils 1 Samuel 8:13
Descry To see; To look at carefully; to perceive; To examine; To map out Judges 1:23
Draught house A public toilet; A latrine; and an outhouse 2 Kings 10:27
Emerods Tumors or growths on the flesh related to illness 1 Samuel 5:6
Felloe The circular rim of the wheel to which the spokes connect 1 Kings 7:33
Flay To strip off or remove the skin from the body, whether of an animal or a person; To skin a body Leviticus 1:6
Forswear to swear falsely; to commit perjury; to deny the truth under oath Matthew 5:33
Fray to frighten or scare Jeremiah 7:33
Holpen The past participle of help, helped Isaiah 31:3
Implead Sue; Prosecute; Take to court Acts 19:38
Inditing Dictating something to be written down Psalm 45:1
Meteyard A rod to measure the length Leviticus 19:35
Neesings Sneezing or snorting Job 41:18
Ouches Setting for a precious stone Exodus 28:13
Pilled Peeled, stripped, made smooth or bald Genesis 30:37
Polled Cutting hair from the head 2 Samuel 14:26
Quaternion A group of four people or things Acts 12:4
Ravin Plunder or prey obtained by violence Nahum 2:12
Redound Produce a result 2 Corinthians 4:15
Shambles A butcher’s shop, slaughterhouse, or place for buying meat. 1 Corinthians 10:25
Sith Since, because Ezekiel 35:6
Trow To believe; To suppose; To think; To trust Luke 17:9
Wen A growth, cyst, or tumor on the skin Leviticus 22:22
Wimples An outer garment, covering, or veil wrapped about the head or body Isaiah 3:22
Wist The past participle of “wit,” an archaic verb for “to know” Exodus 34:29
Withs Twigs or fibers twisted or braided together to make a rope or cord Judges 16:7
Wont Accustomed; In the pattern of; Used to 1 Samuel 30:31
Properly understanding God’s word is the duty of all of God’s children. It is not just for the preacher, commentator or professor. We should make use of all the tools, knowledge and rules that God has provided in order to hear God’s voice to us as clearly and distinctly as possible.