Why do we have so many different opinions of what the Bible is telling us? Could it be that those pretending to be the servants of the living God, are placing themselves into a very dangerous predicament?
2nd Peter 1: 20 thru 21
(19) We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
(20) Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
(21) For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Above scripture tells that scripture comes from the Holy Spirit. That means the date at which it was written, has nothing to do with the thinking or circumstances of the day in which it was written. So when people talk about interpreting according to what people believed in that day, is incorrect!
Isaiah 28: 9 thru 13
(9) Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
(10) For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
(11) For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
(12) To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
(13) But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
Above scripture, verse (9) tells us that as we are taught the basic things of the Bible. We come to a point that we have in us the foundation values of the word, (milk). Then we graduate, coming to the table we are now able to leave the milk and get into the meat of the word. However, unfortunately many churches today never leave the milk. The pastor stays away from the meat of the word, either because he does not understand the way forward or chooses not to confront questions that are sure to arise. When we get into what God expects from us once we accept the Lord Jesus as our Savior. In verse (10), we see how the Bible is constructed, truth about any subject scattered throughout many different books. Verses (11 & 12) deal with the speaking of other tongues. Basically this is dealing with things God may add at another time and through whom He chooses. There is a gift of tongues which we won’t go into in this message. It appears in the latter part of (12) we are being told that those spoken to in those two verses, would not accept what they were being told.
Verse (13) goes with (10), and elaborates on the fact that one scripture gives you a basic fact and in another place is the verse that gives a focus effect to a subject dealt with in another scripture! If we get dogmatic and take one scripture as the all in all. We don’t see the clear picture, one dealing with a subject. Then the other putting a finer point on the situation. In other words it is like focusing a camera lens. We are forced to be diligent, to study the entire book to fully understand God. If we are neither Hot of Cold, we take the Lukewarm path. Lack a full understanding and end up being expelled from His mouth as He tell us in Revelation Chapter three!
When we accept the Lord as our savior, we are saved from all of the sins we have committed. Then there are other scriptures that tells us what God expects us to do going forward.
Psalms 39: 8
(8) Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.
Luke 11: 4
(4) And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
The scripture above tell us we must now forgive if we expect to be forgiven as we go forward. Also we should look at the lie we have all heard many times, Nobody Is Perfect!
1st Peter 1: 16
(16) Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Leviticus 11: 44
(44) For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
This has always been the message God has laid out for us and nobody preaches it! But in the next scripture He tells us who He will be coming to earth to receive.
Ephesians 5: 27
(27) That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
So we see what “Isaiah 28: 9 thru 13” actually means. When a preacher or lay person speaks about the word without presenting the whole picture. They have not done the job God expects of them and they have done a disservice to the ones they have taught a lie!
This is the way the entire Bible is presented to us, in the word. Unless we study the whole Bible and put it all together rightly, we don’t understand it at all. That is exactly what the next scripture means.
2nd Timothy 2: 15
(15) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Luke 12: 47 thru 48
(47) And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
(48) But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Now ponder, if you will, those two verses! Putting them together will all the other verses I have given to you. Then answer this question. How will Jesus Christ receive us if we know the truth and tell it not, to the people we know in our hearts, need to hear it??