“Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1Timothy 2:6).
LIGHT FOR NOW:If you don’t read the bible in context, you will arrive at misinterpreting the bible.
Having examined the first two words which are “gave and for”, let’s now proceed to bringing to the fore the other two words making up the above text in a bid to bring Paul’s word in the above text to the spotlight. The next word to be examined at this point is the word “all”. The word “all” was translated from the Greek word “pas” which refers to things specific and not all things in its absolute sense. Hence, in its usage, it must always be considered in context. You will see that word “pas” for instance used by Paul in Philippians 4:13 which reads “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”. As seen earlier, the word “all” here would be seen in the context of what was said in the previous verse, thus, in the pretext Paul said “I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things, I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need” (Philippians 4:12). “I can do all things” therefore will refer to being abased, to abound, to be full and to be hungry in the context of this text. Also, in the book of Luke, we have a usage of that word all (pas); it reads “then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken” (Luke 24:25). Luke 24:25 can be better understood as all these things that the prophets have spoken concerning the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow.
So, whenever the word “all” is used in the books of the bible, it must be read contextually if it must be rightly interpreted. The word all (pas) must not always be generalized when read in scriptures. And attempt to generalize the word all or give an omnibus application to it will be a hot bed for error or improper bible interpretation. You know for instance; many folks have read the word all (all the truth) in John 16:13 and generalized that word all; that all the truth Jesus talked about in this text has now encapsulated so many folks’ examination career wise. All the truth in John 16:13 is not a scripture you use to pass your Jamb or Waec examination. Physics does not answer to revelation knowledge. You don’t need revelation knowledge from the word to pass physics, you only need the knowledge of physics by presenting yourself to be taught and your own personal studies to excel there. All the truth in context of John 16 was what Jesus taught them, that is why in verse 13 of John 16, he said “he shall glorify me…” And earlier on in chapter 14, Jesus had called himself the truth. So, when he spoke of all the truth, he was referring to himself; hence, the next statement focused on him “he shall not speak of himself… he shall glorify me…” The bible must be read contextually. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Read your bible contextually.
PRAYER:Thank you Lord for the revelation knowledge of your word, I declare that my eyes of understanding are always enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Contextually reading the bible is a sure way to rightly interpreting the bible.
DAILY READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 14; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 16