GodJan 10, 2017 by Will Maule
As Christians, we should always be seeking to understand the Bible in more depth. It is the word of the Lord, and thus we cannot ever get enough of studying it! But too often, we are misinterpreting certain verses to suit our own world view. We need to re-assess some of
1. Philippians 4:13
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
This is a verse where an infinite, all powerful God meets very finite, not-so-powerful human beings. Sure, the possibilities are endless with God. The spiritual gifts, holy callings and life journeys available to the Christ follower can be endless. The keyword is simply can.
2. Jeremiah 29:11
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
"This verse, along with a bunch of others in both the Old and New Testament, can tell us more about our own view of God than it does about what God is actually saying in the Scriptures. The problem we have is with the collective you. In passages like Jeremiah 29 or the
3. Luke 4:18–19
“He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives.”
When Jesus took up the scroll of Isaiah and read from it, He was reading it to members of a synagogue in Nazareth, a town that had become an outpost of Roman colonialism. Under the thumb of Roman
4. Matthew 5:18
“Blessed are the poor in spirit” and Luke 6:20 “Blessed are you who are poor.”
The Beatitudes are written down in two Gospels—Matthew and Luke—and while basically the same, the difference in the very first line is stark. Matthew’s Jesus says “poor in spirit” while Luke’s Jesus says “poor.” One is spiritual, the other is a physical and economic need. This argument usually descends into which interpretation is right."
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