While there is one thing to study the Bible, there is another thing to be able to interpret it well. One of the major problems faced by Christians in Bible study is the interpretation of what they have read. Failure to interpret it properly, you are liable to be misled and consequently mislead others.
There are 4 common words in the Bible some Christians are fond of misinterpreting. The aim of this article is to bring those words to your knowledge, analyze them and clarify you on their proper meanings and usage. Below are the four words and their respective clarification.
1. "Blasphemy" of the Holy Spirit.
For a better analysis, let us first of all read from the book of Matthew 12:31 where Jesus was warning the people against sins.
And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. NIV
The next problem here is how you are able to interpret the word "Blasphemy". Does it seem to you like it means betraying the Holy Spirit? I don't know how you have been interpreting it but this is what it means; when you attribute the work of God to the devil, that's blasphemy. E.g. Accusing a true man of God of using charms to perform Miracles.
2. Conviction and Condemnation.
Do you know the difference between these two words? Many people understand them to be the judgments given to sinners who are qualified to go to hell. Well, both words don't mean the same thing as they function differently. Let us see the difference between the two of them;
Conviction: This is a godly sorrow one gets over sin that is aimed at leading such a person to repentance.
Condemnation: This on the other hand means the final judgment given to you either by yourself or otherwise that you need to run away from God. When you condemn yourself, it means you renounce God and decided to follow the devil.
This might be one of the most common words to you as far as the Bible is concerned but some of you have been misinterpreting it. Many believe it is a name given to Jesus. To this kind of people, Jesus Christ is the name and surname of Jesus. That is not true. That name is the description of the Messiah "Jesus".
He is Jesus the Christ meaning the Messiah, the saviour, the chosen one, the anointed one, etc. Let us read the book of luke 4:41 so that you can see the proper usage of the word.
And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of God!” And He, rebuking them, did not allow them to speak, for they knew that He was the Christ. NKJV
To many, anywhere they come across where the Bible is promising them to prosper, it is all about wealth. This is not true. While wealth is inclusive, it also covers health and other areas. This means it is not all prosperity promises you see in the Bible are referring to wealth and money. Let us read from the book of 3 John 1:2.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. NKJV
Let us check another translation for a better understanding.
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. NIV
If you compare and contrast, you will notice that while NKJV used the word " Prosper", NIV translated it. What this simply means is that to be prosperous is not only about Financial breakthrough.
Did you learn anything? Please kindly share.
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