“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: The Holy Spirit helping us in bible interpretation will not contradict what he had already revealed through the scriptures.

Clearly as seen in this study, you can’t take reading out of proper bible interpretation; you can’t take observation out of reading. Studying and interpretation starts with reading; reading starts with observation; observation starts with attention paid to details. While we are helped by the Holy Spirit; in interpretation, the spirit can never contradict what he had already revealed though the scriptures; thus, a text can never mean what it never meant. We said earlier as the study began that the idea some people have in their minds as touching bible interpretation is that:

  • Interpretation of scriptural text can vary based on how the Holy Spirit led the other.
  • Two or more people can have different interpretation text based on the spirits leading.
  • Interpretation of scriptural text is by the Holy Spirit, so always ask and wait for the Holy Spirit to come and lead you in the interpretation.

So far in this study, it is not out of place to deduce that the above submissions are wrong. If the scripture can never mean what it never meant, how then do you think that the Holy Spirit will lead two or more people to have opposing interpretation of a scriptural text? While we are helped by the Holy Spirit in interpretation, the spirit can never contradict what he had already revealed through the scriptures; and thus, a text can never mean what it never meant. Having two opposing interpretation of a text can never be the spirit’s leading; it’s either one interpretation is correct and the other wrong or both wrong. The right interpretation of the scriptural text becomes the spirits leading because the Holy Spirit will not give an interpretation that contradicts what he had revealed already in the scriptures. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Stay with proper bible interpretation.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord because I know that I am helped by your spirit in the place of proper bible interpretation even as I adhere to the rules of bible interpretation, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The spirit of interpretation will not contradict the written word.


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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