I AM AN 80 YEAR OLD MALE, BORN AGAIN, CHRISTIAN WITH A LOVE FOR JESUS. I DO NOT GET OUT MUCH ANYMORE BUT FIND THAT TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT THE LOVE JESUS HAS FOR THEM IS NOT ONLY WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO BUT SOMETHING THAT THE WORLD NEEDS.
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"REALLY STUDYING THE WORD" BY DAVID MCMILLEN
REALLY STUDYING THE WORD
HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED WORDS IN THE BIBLE THAT ARE IN ITALICS? THIS MEANS THAT THESE WORDS ARE NOT IN THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS BUT WERE ADDED BY THE TRANSLATORS IN ORDER TO MAKE THE SENTENCE SOUND RIGHT.
THIS IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW FOR TWO REASONS. SOMETIMES IT CHANGES THE MEANING OF THE VERSE COMPLETELY. FOR INSTANCE, IN JOHN 12:32, (And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all (men) unto me.) THE WORD "MEN" IS IN ITALICS MEANING IT WAS NOT IN THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS. I BELIEVE, AND THIS IS JUST WHAT I THINK, THAT WHAT JESUS WAS DRAWING UNTO HIMSELF WAS ALL "SIN", WHICH HE DID BY TAKING ALL THE SINS OF THE WHOLE WORLD ON HIMSELF. 1ST PETER 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
IF YOU LOOK IN THE VERSE BEFORE, JOHN 12:31, IT SAYS "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out." HE IS TALKING ABOUT THE JUDGEMENT AND SIN IS WHAT WAS BEING JUDGED. ALL MEN ARE NOT DRAWN UNTO HIM AND I WISH THEY WERE. IT WOULD MAKE GETTING EVERYONE BORN AGAIN SO MUCH EASIER.
NOW GO TO EXODUS 3:14 WHICH SAYS "And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you." AND JOHN 18:6 SAYS "As soon then as he had said unto them, I am (he), they went backward, and fell to the ground." THE WORD "HE" WAS INSERTED AND REALLY DIDN'T NEED TO BE. HE IS "I AM", THE SAME "I AM" THAT TOLD MOSES WHAT TO TELL HIS PEOPLE. NO WONDER EVERYONE FELL TO THE GROUND. THEY COULD NOT STAND UP UNDER THE POWER OF GOD.
SO, WHEN YOU SEE A WORD OR PHRASE IN ITALICS IN THE BIBLE, READ IT WITHOUT THE WORD OR PHRASE AND SEE IF THAT IS REALLY WHAT IT MEANS. I JUST THOUGHT THIS WAS INTERESTING AND THOUGHT YOU ALL MIGHT ALSO THINK SO. DON'T JUST READ THE BIBLE, STUDY IT. IT HAS SO MUCH TO TELL US.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL.