“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: You will miss out of the authors’ intent if your intent in bible reading is to back things up.

From our analysis of 2Timothy 3:15-16, it is important to emphasize that the scriptures were given for evidence. And thus, every doctrine, teaching, beliefs and opinion must have its basis from the truth revealed in the scriptures. Believers are therefore not expected in any way to live based on assumptions, feelings or hearsay. It is therefore a necessity on the part of the believer to find out and understand what has been written, as a text of scripture can never mean what it never meant. The word correction in verse 16 of 2Timothy 3 in its Greek derivative is the word “epanorthosis” which implies to set right. The word “instruction” being translated implies training in right living. This is necessary for the man of God, why? Next verse answers this, “That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2Timothy 3:17). So, this is necessary for the man of God so that he may be perfect, that is, complete and “thoroughly furnished” (translated from the Greek word “exartizo” which implies to be fully equipped) unto all good works. The works spoken of here is understood in context when one reads from the proceeding verses.

Paul used the word “perfect” which was translated from the Greek word “artios”. This word implies to be ready or prepared; it means to be adequate. It was historically used for special training. Thus, the understanding of the bible makes the minister of the gospel adequate. Like Timothy, he must be skillful; Paul explained this skillfulness as being able to explain Christ as the message of the scriptures. Hence, being able to quote from the books of the bible does not make one’s teaching accurate. Further on our bible interpretation analysis, we will point out that three streams of preaching. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Don’t go into the scriptures to back things up, go into the scriptures to explain the scriptures.

PRAYER: I declare that I have the capacity to comprehend revelation knowledge, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The mindset of going into the scriptures to back things up will make you read your mindset into the scriptures.


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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