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. We cannot say, I repent, and keep repeating the same sin. That is not true repentance.
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 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.
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. 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.
Belief 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.
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 Begotten Son
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.
We never know the heart
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.
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? Is there still hope for that individual? Only if he gets under the right Word and the right teaching.
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.
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.
Never limit English
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
I can 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.
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.
Use Your Dictionary
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. God wants you to know the truth.
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!
Foundation of Truth
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.
You ask a Mormon, do you believe in Jesus? Yes, I believe in Jesus; he does not mean what you mean.
ortance 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 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.
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.
The NIV 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.
Fishing for men is similar to fishing for fish. You have to lure them with the Word of God.
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