Are You Sure That Is Right?
When people hear a lie told often enough, after a while they come to believe the lie as truth.
This is what the scriptures mean “and many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of” (II Peter 2:1-2).
After hearing the lie for so long, when they hear the truth, they say IT is the lie!
How can we be sure we aren’t believing a lie?
By “comparing spiritual things with spiritual” (I Corinthian 2:13).
If you or I want to know if our interpretation of scripture is right and true, we must compare our interpretation with other verses. “No prophecy of the scriptures is of private interpretation” (II Peter 1:20). No scripture and it’s interpretation can stand alone – it MUST be interpreted with other scripture.
Let me illustrate; most people interpret John 3:16 to mean that God loves every member of the human race and that Christ died to save every member of it. But let’s see what happens when comparing other scriptures to this interpretation.
“It is written, Jacob have I loved but Esau have I hated.”
Men come back and say “is there unrighteousness with God?” … “God forbid! God said to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy” (Romans 9:14-16).
“Thou hatest ALL the workers of iniquity.”
“God is angry with the wicked everyday.”
Since the Scriptures do not contradict each other, we see that John 3:16 cannot possibly mean that “God loves everybody” because He plainly declares in these other scriptures that He does NOT!
The bible says Judas was a devil from the beginning.
“Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?”
“While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.”
Did God love him the same way He loved Simon Peter and the other Apostles?
It is something to think about.
The true interpretation of John 3:16 is that, “God SO loved the loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son”. Before Christ came, God was only the God of the Jewish nation. They alone had the Prophets, the Priesthood, and the Scriptures and Christ Jesus was born of the Jewish nation. But now, By Christ being “lifted up” (John 3:14) on the cross, all CLASSES of men, souls from every tribe, tongue, nation, and people under heaven. Gentile as well as Jews, would be drawn to Christ. Salvation would now reach into the whole world and as Christ is preached Gentiles as well as Jews would now be saved.
Here is something else I would like you to think about in your interpretation of this scripture.
Look at the word, “world” and compare it with the following passages of scripture.
“The whole world lies in wickedness.”
(I John 5:15)
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”
“I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.”
I ask you, does “world” in these scriptures mean everyone, every soul in the world?
What about the verse, “The whole world has gone after him” (John 12:19)?
We know that actually very few did…so it has to mean all KINDS of people.
So when someone comes telling the truth about God electing sinners before the foundation of the world and of Christ dying for His elect only (Ephesians 1:4-7), people say he is telling a lie. Remember to compare spiritual things with spiritual.
If your interpretation will not stand the test of other scriptures, you have the wrong interpretation!
By Donald Bell