How To Interpret The Bible – Dr Abel Damina

Bible Interpretation:

Bible InterpretationBible interpretation- One of the major challenges I have seen with Christians including unbelievers is they pick up one passage in the Bible and run with it without caring what Jesus Christ has to say about that verse.

This has given birth to false Teachings and once a Bible verse is given a wrong interpretation, it loses its relevance.

Bible is a Coded Book and until it is revealed to you by the Holy Spirit, you will make the Bible say what it’s not saying.

In understanding the Bible, you must know what God said in the Bible (Old Testament) and what He didn’t say.

(2 Peter 1:20 KJV)

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

Take note of the Word “Prophecy”.

(2 Peter 1:21 KJV)

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

The Prophecies in the Old Testament were about Christ.

Biblical Prophecy deals with the Suffering of Jesus Christ and the Glory that Followed.

(Revelation 19:10 KJV)

And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Bible Interpretation What Prophecy Means:

Prophecy means the “Suffering of Christ and the Glory that Followed”.

The Testimony of Jesus Christ means “What Christ has done”, still one same thing.

Every Old Testament Prophecy in the Old Testament spoke about the death, burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

You must also understand that the Old Testament Saints said things that were not about Christ.

These are the things you have to throw away.

Example:

(1 Samuel 2:6 KJV)

The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.

This statement in 1 Samuel 2:6 is neither a Prophecy about Christ but a lie on the character of God, some Christians use this verse to “say God kills people”, but if you look at the Character of Jesus Christ, you will know that God doesn’t Kill.

God only makes alive.

But the Old Testament Saints were not Born Again. And they didn’t know who was behind death so they wrongfully attributed death to God.

(Luke 24:25 KJV)

Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

What did the Prophets Speak??

(Luke 24:26 KJV)

Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? They spoke about the Suffering of Christ and the Glory that Followed.

(Psalms 22:1 KJV)

The Words Of Jesus Christ:

A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

This was a Prophecy about Christ.

(Matthew 27:46 KJV)

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Jesus Christ echoed the same thing when He was on the Cross.

(Psalms 16:10 KJV)

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

This too was a Prophecy about Christ.

(Acts 2:25 KJV)

For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:

(Acts 2:27 KJV)

Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

David is the most quoted Old Testament Saint in the New Testament because David had a lot of revelations about the Suffering of Christ and the Glory that Followed.

So in the utterances of the Old Testament Saints were Prophecies about the Suffering of Christ and the Glory that Followed.

(Luke 24:27 KJV)

And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Jesus Christ after His Resurrection met with 2 of His Disciples going into a village called Emmaus as they were sad and also deliberating on how Jesus had been killed.

Jesus Christ called them fools for not trusting in the Prophecies about His Suffering and Glory that Followed.

(Luke 24:27 KJV)

 

Bible Interpretation What The Prophets Said:

And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Beginning at the book of Genesis to Malachi, Jesus didn’t show them everything written in the Scriptures (Genesis to Malachi).

Jesus Christ showed them only the things concerning Himself.

This is how to Study the Old Testament.

It’s worthy to note that in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; Jesus Christ told them many times about His Death and Resurrection.

What we are taught by Christ to Study in the Old Testament is the Suffering of Jesus Christ and the Glory that Followed.

No room for Elijah in the valley of the dry bones or Moses in the burning bush or how David killed Goliath with a stone or how God promoted Ruth or how the Children of Israel crossed the red sea.

The main reason Jesus Christ had contentions with the Pharisees was because of the interpretation they gave to the Old Testament books.

If you go to the Old Testament books to pick any story to teach on which doesn’t reveal The Suffering of Christ and the Glory that Followed, you are not different from the Pharisee or Scribes in the eyes of God.

(Acts 2:42 KJV)

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

The Doctrine Of Christ In View:

The Doctrine of Christ means going into the Old Testament and pick up only Scriptures that talk about the Suffering of Christ and the Glory that Followed and Teach.

If you teach any other thing, you are in error.

The Bible is not a Book you just pick any Scripture you like and build your doctrine on it.

There are some people who go into the Bible and pick

(Hebrews 12:14 KJV)

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

You ask them “what is Holiness” and they tell you “women shouldn’t tie their hair, don’t wear trousers, no makeup or high heels for women etc”.

Though it’s in the Bible to be Holy, but they don’t seem to understand that God first made us Holy before asking us to be Holy.

Some also look for Scriptures like this (2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV)

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

This verse seems so right but when you judge it with the character of God as Revealed in Christ, You will see that God is not waiting for prayers to forgive sins or heal the land etc.

Human beings react to what God has done not God reacting to what human beings do.

Precise Knowledge Come Through Right Bible Interpretation:

So if you go to the Old Testament and define the Blessings of Abraham as money or servants or cattle or gold etc, you are in error because the Blessings of Abraham is Justification by Faith not material wealth.

If you go into the Old Testament and start looking for the Wisdom and wealth of King Solomon, you shouldn’t forget that Solomon was an idol worshiper but was justified because He had Faith in Christ.

Too much error is by the twisting of the Old Testament books and Jesus Christ solved that for us.

So I still wonder why some will go into the Old Testament and pick Malachi 3 and say if you don’t Tithe, the Devourer will not be rebuked which is a lie.

The mother of all Devourers which is sin and death was rebuked when Jesus Christ Died and Resurrected and Glorified.

I wish you a happy Study Life as Christ is revealed More and MORE and the Eyes of your understanding are Enlightened that you may know the Hope of Your calling.

I call you blessed

About The Author:

Dr. Abel Damina is the senior Pastor of Power City International Church,

Uyo Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

https://www.abeldamina.com

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