Use of Biblical Language

1st
Corinthian 13 – Use of Biblical language

I will try to
simplify before moving on with the lesson. 
Now I am talking about saved individuals, those that claim to belong to
Christ.  Let us say that an individual
that is saved decides to sin, which by the way is a choice.  Watch my hands; after he commits the act he
says Lord, I repent.  Guess what, that is
not enough.  You say, Buddy have you lost
your mind, that is not what the Bible says. 
That is correct, that is not what the Bible says. 

But the Bible does
say this; once you say, Lord I repent, there has to be a turning away and going
another direction from that sin.  There
has to be a change of mind, a turning away. 
Once we have a change of mind, we are then supposed to serve the
Lord.  We cannot say, I repent, and keep
repeating the same sin. That is not true repentance. 

Sin

Before my lesson
this morning I would like to share a conversation I had the other day on the
topic of when people sin.  I should have
expanded a little on a conversation I had regarding rewards and how that is
associated with the Kingdom, or the thousand year Millennial Reign of
Christ. 

What time we serve
the Lord in this life we will be rewarded for that.  A lot of folks have never experienced true
repentance.  That is why they lay down on
God.  That is why they are not dedicated
to God.

Repentance

Repentance is an
individual word in scripture that people like to avoid.  Why? 
Because they enjoy hanging on to their sin.  They don’t really have a true heartfelt
repentance.  They might want to use that
sin again sometime.  That is why people
do not wish to get saved, or come to church like they should.  I will not repent of my slackness, I might
want to lie out of church again next week, or Sunday night, or Wednesday night.
We use repentance as a bi-word or secondary word, instead of a primary
word.  It is much more comfortable.   

Truth or Lie

Now folks we are
going to switch gears here a little bit, because I would like to share with you
how critical it is to learn how to recognize the difference between the truth
and a lie.  Individuals in the day we
live are being flooded with lies. 

          Now
I do not know if you have noticed or not on the local level, but the devil is
trying to destroy individuals, families, and even churches.  He knows his time is short.  But we, as a unified body of believers in one
accord cannot let that happen.  Why?  Because greater is He that is in you than he
that is in the world. And sad to say there are many in the world that paints a
pretty picture and is constantly handing the child of God a lie.

          Thank
God he gave me the ability to prove everything by what He says and not by what
I say.  And it is critical in the day we
live that we go by what He says, and not by what the false Bibles say, not by
what some theologians say, not by what the Charismatics say. 

          Now
I am fixing to start off with a couple of comments that I hope puts no one in a
state of shock.  But before I share with
you these comments, I must tell you it will be proven by scripture. 

Do you believe in God?

          Here
goes with my two comments.  Did you know
that there can be a belief in God and not be saved?  Besides showing you the proof in the
scriptures I see it all the time in the witnessing booth.   Did you know that there can be a belief in
God, and still go to Hell?  I hear people
in the booth all the time say, “Well I believe in God”.  Here is another example of people quoting the
Bible, and taking things completely out of context. 

2   Jam 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.  Why do they tremble? Because they know they are going to Hell.  Now look at John 3:16, scripture that almost everyone knows.  Here is where the Charismatics get messed up, by saying oh I believe in God.  Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The only BEGOTTEN SON

          You see, something many Charismatics have never done is
believeth in the “only begotten Son”, which in itself is proof of the
Trinity. 

          OK, here comes another shocker, get ready.  Did you know there are many Charismatic
Christians?  Did you know there have been
people that believe in God, that join a church, get baptized, and still are
lost.  Do you know why?  Because they do not believe in the finished
work of the cross.  They believe, but
they have never received.  You have to
receive what you believe.  Oh Buddy, what
do you mean by that.  You can believe the
gospel all day long, but until you repent of your sins and receive Him as your
personal savior, then it won’t do you any good.

          I also know because I have witnessed it with my own eyes.  I do not doubt anyone’s salvation, but to
make my point, I saw a deacon’s wife believe in God, join the church, get baptized,
was faithful for 30 years and later get saved. 
Why?  Because she did not receive
what she believed to begin with.   

Believing

          I’ve been in the booth; I take the Charismatic down the
Romans Road.  They look at me and say,
oh, I believe, I’m just not ready yet. 
Their belief is not very deep.  Why
is it not very deep?  They have been
corrupted with false doctrine, false Bibles, false preachers, and the world who
paints a pretty picture.  Is there still
hope for that individual?  Only if he
gets under the right Word and the right teaching. 

And we as
ambassadors for Jesus Christ need to know how important it is that “words” not
be added to or taken away in scripture, but we’ll be looking today at how the
meaning of individual words in scripture can mean something entirely different
in the correct context.

Do you want God to bless you?

          If
you hear nothing else this morning, please hear this.  God will not bless anything that is contrary
to His Word. And what is strange is, mankind expects Him too.   

1Cor
13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not
charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

As I study scripture and listen to other preachers and read different books on scripture I notice something going on in the day we live that is happening on a grand scale even among some Baptist churches.

Men of God

I see so called men of God not following, the example that the Apostle Paul set before us regarding the use of the English language, the proper interpretation of it, simply because a lack of a thorough and deep study in the Word.  Regardless of what many men claim, I have a peace settled in my soul because of the accuracy of the King James Bible.

          I would like to share with you today
some of what I am talking about starting with this verse the Apostle Paul
quoted.

Words are Important

          This verse is misunderstood a lot of
times because of limiting the English language. 
We are guilty of that a lot of times. 
We will limit what a word says without going to a dictionary to find out
if it has other definitions.  A lot of
English words have a multitude of definitions, and some of them actually cancel
each other out.  Some words have a
positive and a negative definition. 

           Let me give you an example:  3 – The word Replenish in Genesis 1; it’s not re-plenish it is
replenish. If you look it up in a dictionary the primary meaning is to fill
up.  The secondary meaning is to
refill.  We usually use the word in terms
of its secondary meaning and yet the primary meaning means to fill up the first
time.  Which definition you go with is
going to make all the difference in the interpretation of Genesis 1.

          4 –   The
primary definition of the word Let, is to hinder.  Today we don’t generally use it that way, you
very seldom find anybody using it in a negative sense.  Most of the time when we say let we mean
allow; that’s the secondary meaning of the word in the dictionary.  The primary meaning is to hinder.  That is the way it is used in 2nd
Thessalonians chapter 2. 

          5 – when it says he who now letteth will let,
until he be taken out of the way.  He’ll
hinder the oncoming of the man of sin until he’s taken out of the way.

          6 – Now, back to 1Cor 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have
not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

          That’s the way it is with a lot of
words in the English language, and that’s the way it is with the word Though, right here in verse 1.

          Though can mean something is
certain.  Paul says, “Though I speak with
the tongues of men and of angels”.  That
could possibly mean that he does do that, and the Charismatics interpret it
that way. 

Tongues

          I heard a charismatic say one time,
“Paul said he spoke with the tongues of men and of angels, that is not what
Paul said.  That is a misinterpretation,
a misuse of the word.  It not only can
mean that something is certain, it  also
can mean that something is possible but hypothetical, in other words the same
as saying “even if”.   That’s
the way it’s used here as a possibility. 

          Lev 25:35 And if thy
brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve
him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with
thee.

          That’s how it is used as a
possibility, read the verse and you will see that. 

          7 – That’s how it’s used in
Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain
mine own ways before him.

          He said though
He slay me yet will I trust in Him, well did God kill Job?  No, He didn’t so it was a hypothetical if
situation.  He was saying even if He
killed me I’m still going to trust Him. 
That’s what he meant by the word though.

          Look
at Pro 11:21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be
unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

          Well has hand joined in hand against
God?  No it hasn’t, but even if it did,
they wouldn’t go unpunished.

          8 – The word Though
can mean plain old If.  That’s the
way it was translated in Joh 21:22 Jesus saith unto him, If
I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

          He could have said though I will that he tarry, it means the same
thing.  He was saying, so what if I want
to do this, that’s my business. 

          9 – Phi 3:12 Not as though I
had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that
I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Compare scripture with scripture

          That’s the same as saying not as if
I’d already attained.  If you’d take your
Bible and compare Scripture with Scripture, every Word of God, man must live by
every Word of God, or if I define the word here and if it looks like it means
something that I know is contradictory to what the Bible teaches elsewhere, in
this case about tongues, then if I want to find out God’s definition I’d need
to get my concordance out and look up places where that word is used, and see
just exactly how God is using it.

          I hope you can see the importance of
every word in scripture.  Just like God
uses the word shall.  He that
believeth on Him shall have everlasting life. 
That whosoever believeth in Him should have eternal life, well do
you have it or not if you believe on Him? 
You do, so God uses the word should as an absolute certainty, not the
way you generally use the word. You say so and so should do this, you mean
that’s what they ought to do and they’re not necessarily going to. 

           That’s not the way God uses the word, you have
to see how God is using the word and you will find the definition in the way
He’s using it in your dictionary.

Proper Interpretation

          Now, that’s the key to getting proper
interpretation is finding out what words mean. 
If words don’t mean what they mean, then you don’t have any foundation
of truth at all.  And you’ll get hung up
on a look good, make me feel good book.  God
wants you to know the truth. If it’s a book that looks and reads sweet, and
even has a well-known speaker, that does not mean a hill of beans, why, because
God had better be the speaker, and God had better be the author of Godly
inspired words.

          God
said He would preserve His Word, He has and He will.  I like what Proverbs
22:12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he
overthroweth the words of the transgressor. 
If we are to be more Christ like, it is our Christian duty to preserve His
Word and not fall for anything the world sends our way.  Don’t let the world or the Devil try to shame
you in calling you one of those King James nuts!  Why, because I might be a nut, but I know
what bolt I’m screwed onto, I know my anchor. 
Do you know yours? 

Improve your witnessing

          Do
you have any foundation of the truth? 
Folks, we have to live by every word. 
You have to get that definition. 
That is why sometimes we have a little trouble witnessing to
cultists.  It is a matter of defining
terminology.  I do not do this in a
witnessing booth, but I have seen people that do.  They will ask a Catholic, are you saved?  They’ll say yes I’m saved, but he doesn’t
mean what you mean.  You ask a Mormon, do
you believe in Jesus?  Yes, I believe in
Jesus; he does not mean what you mean. 

          Folks, do you see the importance of
being in the right word, the right Bible. 
As a disciple of Christ, as an ambassador of Christ, as a witness for
Christ, you’d best be on the same boat as he is, the Gospel Ship of Truth.  Do not corrupt Christ; do not shame His
precious Word. 

Paul clarifies

          Paul is not saying that he speaks with
tongues of men and of angels, he’s saying if he did that, that’s a hypothetical
situation, if he spoke with tongues of men and angels and without charity he’s
nothing but sounding brass and tinkling symbols, that’s all he’s saying. 

          He said if I tried to do that and
didn’t have love motivating what I’m doing then it’ll all be worthless.  That’s true. 
If we don’t have the love of God motivating whatever we do, it is a
waste of time.

          Now
we’ve seen the importance of correctly interpreting the scriptures.  And it is much easier if you’re in the
correct literature to start with.  Here
is something I never ever practice.  I
will never use a comparison Bible. 
Why?  Because I don’t need
it.  I do not start with a lie, and try
to make sense out of it with the truth.

          I start with the truth and end with
the truth.

The Correct Bible

          Let me give you an example of why I
will never use any literature that is based out of the NIV.  It takes the deity away from Jesus
Christ.  The King James says that God was
manifest in the flesh.  The NIV reads he
appeared in a body.  The NIV perverts the
virgin birth, it removes the blood of Jesus Christ. It removes major portions
of 147 verses. It takes away 64, 576 words from scripture.  If you wish to know what God says about that
read Deut. 4:2, where he says do not add to or take away from his word.  Not counting the Book of Revelation. 

          All I can share with you is why I will
not use any other literature.  God’s Word
is Holy, and I will not pervert His Word.   

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