“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: Observation in bible reading is a necessity for proper interpretation and application of bible concept.

Having asked six critical questions under the concept of observation in bible study, we looked at the scenario of John 3:3-5 where Jesus in his words to Nicodemus used the phrase or statement “of water and the spirit” in verse 5. We’ve said that these statements in John 3:3-5 led to what he said in verse 6. Hence, we’ve deduced that the word “water” used in verse 5 will be a figure of speech for the spirit. Jesus in John 3:5 was making reference to two kinds of birth (water baptism and Holy Ghost baptism). In John 3:5, when Jesus made reference to the words “of water and the spirit”, he was not introducing two element; he was simply saying that except a man is born of water; that is, the spirit, how do we know? This will lead us to the rule of bible interpretation called the “KAI rule of bible interpretation”. What do we mean? The word “and” used in-between “water and spirit” was translated from the Greek word “kai”; this word “and” here, whenever it is used in the bible, it is not always used in a conjunctive fashion; that is, it is not always used as a conjunction but oftentimes it is used as a further explanation.

The context of its usage will let you know when it is used as a conjunction or an explanation of what precedes it. Hence, in Greek etymology, this word “and” means “that is or which is”. In the context of John 3:5, “and” there which is “kai” in Greek means that is or which is. Now if you substitute “that is” where we have the word “and”, it will now be clear that the use of water was figurative and not literal; since: No man can be born of water; when a man gets into water in the name of baptism, he is not born of that water. So we can read it thus, “…except a man be born of water, that is, the spirit”. Water here therefore was to symbolize the spirit. Water does not refer to the word, but rather, to typify the work of the spirit which is sanctification, purification and newness. Hallelujah!!!

INSTRUCTION: Study carefully.

PRAYER: I receive understanding as I study through, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: You can’t afford to miss it at observation in bible interpretation.


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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