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WHAT EXACTLY IS PRIVATE INTERPRETATION OF SCRIPTURE?

 (2Pet 1:20 [KJV])

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation

 

What does this “no private interpretation” mean concerning scripture? It means that God interprets His own word. When we see a word or a statement in scripture that we are not clear about, we just need to search the scripture to find the answer.

 

Each word or statement of meaning in scripture can be found replicated in other books to give clarity to the interpretation.

 

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For our first example, what does Paul mean by thorn in the flesh?

(2Cor 12:7 [KJV])

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.

 

(Num 33:55 [KJV])

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 commandments.

 

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). 

 

(Exod 20:6 [KJV])

And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

 

And Here

(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.

 

(Num 19:2 [KJV])

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.

 

(Prov 25:2 [KJV])

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 (free)

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)

 

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The Greatest Love of all (John 3:16) 

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life"

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