“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: Interpreting bible texts without an understanding of bible interpretation rules will end in misinterpretation.
In explaining and unbundling the spirit idea and misconception people have in their minds as touching bible interpretation, we have come to see that there is no such room for subjective spirit interpretation. The spirit’s interpretation of the scriptures will still remain the revealed written document called the bible. The spirit will not give an interpretation that contradicts the written word. Therefore, the spirit interpretation of the scripture is what is called proper bible interpretation which equals revelation knowledge. Previously, we said that in bible interpretation, the kind of interpretation given to a text by the reader is dependent primarily on the principles or methods used in arriving at that interpretation. And we said that the implication of this is that every rule of literature, grammatical construction of words as well as language structure will become applicable; and the question we now ask here is, why? Why will the rule of literature and grammatical construction of words apply in bible interpretation?
Paul in chapter 3 of his second epistle to Timothy gives us a lead which we will need to investigate carefully in order to arrive at the answer to the above question. He says, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2Timothy 3:15-16). The word “holy scriptures” (verse 15) was translated from the Greek word “hagios gramma”. The word “gramma” depicts meaning or understanding of what is written. The word “able” (in verse 15) was translated from the Greek word “dunamis”; it refers to ability. The word “known” in verse 15 is equally very critical in this explanation. When Paul said “known” in this text, could he have been referring to Timothy being only able to quote the scriptures? We will see in our next study. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Follow the study.
PRAYER: I receive enlightened and revelation knowledge, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: A right interpretation of the scriptures is the spirit interpretation of the scriptures.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3