“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 bible is an intelligent book intelligently written by intelligent writers to be intelligently interpreted with the highest quality of intelligence.
We looked at the scenario of John 16:12 where Jesus said “I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now”. It’s clear that the “you” in this text cannot be referring to just any reader. He was speaking to those who were around him in his environment. In context (John 16:17), Jesus was referring to his disciples who did not have the Holy Ghost at that time. John 16:12 therefore cannot be referring to the believers today. Other questions to further ask in bible study are: What does the text of the bible say or what is the content? Is it poetry or a figure of speech? For instance, Jesus in John 3 echoes this to Nicodemus, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again; he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, how can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:3-5).
The statement led to what he said in verse 6. The word “water” used in the above text was a figure of speech for the spirit. Though, many out of ignorance in bible interpretation have used the above text to teach, implying that Jesus was referring to two different things:
- Baptism with water (born of water).
- Baptism with the Holy Ghost (born of the spirit).
The above submission is wrong. The question, when a man gets into water to be baptized, is he born of the water will debunk this submission without carrying out any analysis. To be continued. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Follow the study carefully.
PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: Observation is important in bible reading.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 2 EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3