Friday, October 22, 2021

Misinterpreted, Misunderstood and Misapplied #5 More Misses

 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.


  1. He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 
    For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath."
    Matt. 13:11 & 12 KJV Bible. 

  2. I was talking to our Dog, but she wanted a pork-chop bone; Instead: It was like she; wasn't following the Scripture?

  3. Appreciate the comments but not sure of the observations being made. Please add some detail if you would like to discuss some of the above mentioned scriptures. Thanks, Pastor Kris