Context Matters

Have you ever realized we quote scriptures differently than they are actually said? Have you ever realized that we have gotten so comfortable with certain verses we think we know what they mean? And then you’re reading your Bible in context and you’re like that’s not what it says at all. I was reading John 10 this morning and I came across a verse that most Christians know, “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy…”

Most people when they quote that verse think the thief is the devil, but if you read it in context the thief is not the devil it’s a false teacher. Jesus even says that ALL that came before him were thieves and robbers. Who is the ALL He was talking about? In the context of the Scriptures of John 10 where He is making a distinct contrast between himself and false teachers, the ALL would be the false teachers or in context the scribes and Pharisees that didn’t believe that Jesus Christ was the Messiah.

Why is this important to us? Because if we’re looking for the devil to be the one who steals kills and destroys we are not going to be discerning the false teachers that are actually stealing killing and destroying the body of Christ. Knowing the truth is critical to our freedom. It is important that we open wide our eyes to what we are being taught in our schools systems, in our churches, and on social media. Matthew 7 tells us not everyone who says to me Lord Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven. Be wise my friends read your Bible for yourself, and learn what it says in context for where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom!

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