Good morning people who commit to accurately interpreting God’s Word
Philippians 4:8 NIV Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
The last four words of this verse bring the clarity and language that is needed today in the Church:
“Think about such things”.
This is meditation on the truth.
Yet we have exchanged these four words for a similar seven words that have had and continue to have devastating consequences:
“What do you think about these things?”
And we often put this down to interpretation.
Going back to the dictionary and thesaurus definitions of the word ‘interpretation’,
- It is truly about ‘what God said’, it is not about ‘what we think’.
- It is truly about ‘our explanation’, it is not about ‘our opinion’.
Let’s finish this BIY focus by going back to the three statements Father spoke to me about ‘interpretation’:
- When it comes to interpretation of God’s Word, close enough is not good enough.
- God’s Word means what God wants it to mean, not what we want it to mean.
- An interpretation of God’s Word is only valid if God sees it the same way.