“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: It is better to be patient and interpret the bible rightly than to be in a rush and interpret it wrongly.
In our investigation so far, we stirred our thoughts towards an example in John 3:3-5 where Jesus says this, “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 neter 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”. We asked this question previously: Jesus was implying two kinds of birth, that is: Born of water (water baptism) and Born of the spirit (Holy Ghost baptism); when one gets into the water to be baptized, is he born of the water? The obvious answer is no. Jesus therefore wouldn’t have been referring to water baptism as a requirement to entering into the kingdom of God.
These statements above in John 3:3-5 led to what he said in verse 6. The word “water” used in the above text was a figure of speech for the spirit. In John 3:5, when Jesus made reference to the words “of water and the spirit”, he was not introducing two elements; he was simply saying that except a man is born of water, that is, the spirit. The word “and” used in between “water and spirit” obeys a rule of bible interpretation called “The kai rule of bible interpretation”, which will be explained in next study. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Read scriptures carefully not in a rush.
PRAYER: I receive enlightenment as the light of God’s word shine on me, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: For proper interpretation of scriptural texts, careful reading is important.
DAILY READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 2