Each word or statement of meaning
in scripture can be found replicated in other books to give clarity to the
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For our first example, what does
Paul mean by thorn in the flesh?
And lest I should be exalted above
measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn
in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be
exalted above measure.
Some say, he had a medical
affliction. What does God’s word say? Lets
turn to scripture and look up the word thorn. Based on what we find in the
following scripture, it refers to someone or group of persons.
Interpretation, Paul had someone (called messenger in the text) sent by
satan to give him stress.
But if ye will not drive out the
inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those
which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns
in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.
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Another example what does Christ
mean by “keep His commandments”?
(John 14:15 [KJV])
If ye love me, keep my
Some say Christ was only referring
to the commandments He gave in the New Testament. We cannot agree because
when Christ spoke/taught the New Testament was not yet known/written.
Why? The people walking with Christ were living the New Testament. Let us
now search scripture and we will see that Christ was actually quoting from
the Torah (as He usually did). The commandments were from the Torah (as
well as the new ones He gave when He walked with His disciples).
And shewing mercy unto thousands
of them that love me, and keep my
(Deut 7:9 [KJV])
Know therefore that the LORD thy
God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth
covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments
to a thousand generations;
From the above we can see that
salvation has two components to it, as shown from here. As Christ said,
love Him (1) and keep His commandments (2)
(Revelation 14:12 [KJV]
Here is the patience of the saints:
here are they that keep the commandments of God (1), and the
faith (love/follow/believe) of Jesus (2).
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Our last example: Here is the part
of the law that was blotted out, not the entire law as some teach, but the
law called ordinances.
(Col 2:14 [KJV])
Blotting out the handwriting of
ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and
took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
After reading the above scripture
most teach that the entire law was blotted out and done away with. How can
that be, does it mean we can now commit adultery, steal from each other,
eat pork, lie etc.. NO. When we search the
scripture for the interpretation as to what ordinance is connected to, we
find it to be a law relating to the sacrificing of animals.
This is the ordinance of
the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children
of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer (for sacrifice) without
spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke:
What is the connection? Christ was
the perfect sacrifice, so He did what all the animals could not do (under
the ordinance law), thus taking away the need for us to sacrifice animals
anymore (blotting out).
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So remember, when you want to
understand or interpret scripture, USE THE SCRIPTURE as we just did. God
wants us to search for the answer in His word. Be Blessed.
It is the glory of God to conceal
a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
Basic tools for Study – see
approach to study:
1. A King James Bible – Software
we highly recommend theWord
2. A Strong’s Concordance –
Software with a concordance we recommend is again theWord.
King James Bible for Android - KJV (free)
Also try for Android “And Bible” (free)