“For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the saviour of all men, specifically of those that believe” 1Timothy 4:10

LIGHT FOR NOW: Improper bible interpretation will be avoided if details can be always examined.

The word “specially” holds the key to understanding if the above text seems to suggest whether salvation is automatic upon all or not. So, we began investigating into the word specially and we saw to instances it was used in the book of Acts which are: Acts 20:37-38 and Acts 25:26. And we deduced that in understanding the above texts, where we have the word specially, it shall be replaced with the word “specifically” or “emphatically”. Let’s see how this word specially (“malista”) was used by Paul in his epistles. In Galatians 6:10, Paul has this to say “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith”. The word “especially” as used by Paul in Galatians 6:10 meant he was specifically referring to them who are of the household of faith. Paul says in Philippians 4:22 “All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household”. In reality, there were saints that Paul did not and could not have known, it implies he was referring specifically to those of Caesar’s household and not all the saints (all those who believe the gospel of Christ).

In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he says in chapter 5 verse 17 of his first epistle that “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine” (1Timothy 5:17). Here, he was referring to those who labour in the word and doctrine, since they cannot be elders who do not teach. If you backtrack to the previosu verses of 1Timothy 5, you will observe that in verse 8, Paul says “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel”. Here, Paul in context of the same verse further clarified what he meant by “for his own”, he was referring to his own, that is, the man’s house. In Titus 4:13, we have another instance of the use of that word malista, it reads “The cloke that I left at Troas with carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments”. The words especially the parchments can be rephrased with “specifically the parchments”that is, he was actually referring to specific parchments. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION:Avoid improper bible interpretation.

Prayer: My eyes of understanding are sharpened, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: Improper bible interpretation is the hot bed for teaching errors.


Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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