Interpret, Interpretation (being the act of interpreting)
Also from the New World Dictionary of the American Language (Second College Edition): (between two parties) – (1) to explain the meaning of; make understandable (2) does not apply so we skip. (3) to have or show one’s own understanding of the meaning of; (4) to bring out the meaning of; esp. to give one’s own conception of (in this case, a work of art.)
It becomes clear that the phrase “that’s your interpretation,” when retorted to a person presenting the Word of God, is most often used in the sense of #4 above and seldom if ever #1, which would be the correct choice. And even if used as #3, it would be more correct than #4.
With that in mind, and remembering how often it has been used in our presence, let us think more deeply about this issue of interpreting the scriptures. It has been well said that the Holy Bible (God’s words to mankind, his thoughts and plans revealed, therefore often referred to as “revelation.”) does not need interpretation, and rightly so, but this is true only to the person willing to obey God’s command to study it. That person believes God knows how to say what He means, clearly. To all others, we suppose there IS a need for interpretation and sadly, they pick and choose the interpretation that suits their taste. Therein is the danger. Instead of studying and finding out God’s meaning (#1 above) people are willing to pick whose interpretation they will listen to. We have learned that the Bible (that is, the Authorized Version of the King James Bible) was written on something like a sixth grade level. So why be so afraid of it that you would trust a cleric – or a “theologian” to interpret for you? Theologians today are indoctrinated with absolute false concepts about the Holy Scriptures and with an apostate version. They pick and choose scripture to fit their own theology, their own concept of God and His Word.
I find it interesting when a person says to me, “That’s your interpretation,” that they mean, that ends the conversation, and they never put forth their own interpretation. Why? – Because they cannot. They have chosen to let someone else do the work for them and never check to see whether that truly lines up with God’s words. My friend, that is a dangerous route to take. Let’s say we give you “our interpretation,” of a doctrine from the Word of God. Our intent is that you check it out yourself. Because we know you will find it to be so, if you are willing to believe God and not what we say God said. Don’t check it against what another man says. Don’t be a fool. By the way, that scripture where God tells us to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth” is a very simple sentence. (2 Tim. 2:15) It does not tell us to depend on clergy, our parents, or our friends for our truth. It says (and this is not our “interpretation!”) “thyself” – by “rightly dividing the Word of truth.” That means YOU study it and find out if what clergy, parents or friends tell you lines up with the Word of Truth. Now please note: that is /not/ one of the Ten Commandments given by Moses. It IS, however, a commandment to the Body of Christ in this Age of Grace, and disobeying it will be dealt with at the Judgment Seat of Christ where you and I, as members of the Body of Christ, will be judged for how we handled the Word of God to US! ARE you a member of the Body of Christ?
Bible Ambassadors Church
We have looked over the book you mailed, entitled (…) and are responding as you requested with our comments. First, you mentioned you questioned the author’s credentials since you believe one had no more than a high school education. We do not judge authors by their institutional education degrees, but rather by what they say compared to what God says. So based on that, let us present just a few observations about this book’s contents.
Water and oil do not mix. The mixing of the two programs of God is like trying to mix oil and water. (Another example is – water baptism and Holy Spirit Baptism). And failing to learn how to rightly divide and doing so causes nothing but confusion.
Trying to “keep” the Sabbath is contrary to the doctrine given to the Body of Christ by the Apostle to the Gentiles (For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: (Romans 11:13)
Another example of mixing oil and water is trying to take doctrine that was given to Israel as a nation and applying it to the Body of Christ. It does not work. You can’t say we are saved by Grace but we walk by the Law. It is our sinful, human nature that wants to earn God’s pleasure. But God said it’s his way, not ours. That is so simple it demands a lying down of our own will to accept and walk in God’s will. Only then can we please God.
Yet another example is claiming “covenants” God never made with us, his Body. God never made a covenant with “the Church which is his body”, but only with his chosen people Israel. That is why covenant “promises” do not work today. Read those verses and believe the words on the page. Jeremiah 31:31, etc.
We DO understand that the Sabbath is not the first day of the week. We do understand that God instituted the Sabbath day. However, it does not apply to Jew and Gentile alike today, but it applied to Israel in TIME PAST.
That program is not only “out of operation” today, according to our own scripture, it is accursed.
Since God is our creator, he thus knows us better than we seem to know ourselves. Israel was not able to “keep the Sabbaths” [note there was not just one Sabbath] and neither does he now expect us to. The law was a school teacher to Israel and to us, but only as we appreciate God’s love and grace to us are we able to yield to the work of the Holy Spirit in us (through diligent study of his Word to us) do we then mature from day to day.
God has a wonderful, masterful plan that he kept secret from Satan, and today, that is what God is doing. He is building his Body to fulfill the plan having to do with the heavenlies.
Ephesians says we are already (in God’s eyes), seated in heavenly places.
We encourage you to study this letter with your Bible – a good trustworthy version, and get ready to be a part of what God is doing today!
You obviously have discovered where we are, so know that the saints of Bible Ambassadors welcome anyone seeking truth. We have all been in “religion” and are not interested in learning about any more. We have found God’s Key and are delighted to share that key with anyone sincerely interested.
WHAT DID JESUS MEAN?
What did Jesus mean when he said, “Go therefore and make disciples of ALL the nations…” ? Starting in Chapter 10 of Matthew, when “he called the twelve disciples and gave them (not me) power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal ALL manner of sickness and disease…”
Vs. 5 - “Go not into the way of the Gentiles,” (the nations)
(Are you one of the twelve going to yourself? Or are you a Gentile? )
Vs. 6 “Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (7) …preach to [the house of Israel] saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
(When is the last time you preached to a Jewish person and what did you preach?)
Vs. 8 - “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils…”
(NOT ignoring Vs. 1 above… when have you healed ALL manner of sickness and disease? Completely. When Jesus healed it was complete and he healed all who came to him. Can you produce the person/s you have raised from the dead? )
Vs. 9-11 - “Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,” etc.
(Do you get the idea? No money. No bartering. Just ‘do.’ Jesus gave the power.)
Luke 18: 22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
Isn’t this a computer you are reading and writing on? Why haven’t you sold it and given the money to the poor? Do you own a car? A phone? Why?… if you are obeying the commands of Jesus? Do you tithe the minimum of 30% to your church? Do you keep the 613 commandments? Do you even keep the ten?
The commission of Matthew 28 and Mark 16, called - “The Great Commission” by men who write subtitles in Bibles, went “out of commission” in Acts 15 and Galatians 2:7-9 when the twelve and Paul agreed that they had different ‘commissions’ for different times and different people. That commission was for the Jews and for national Israel. Bible changers have changed the meaning of Galatians 2:7-9 by changing a two-letter preposition (against the commandment of God, by the way.)
Paul’s ‘commission’ was to preach “the gospel OF the UNcircumcision” … it belongs to all today… the message he carried is to Jew AND Gentile alike… no difference. Peter and the eleven were to continue preaching the gospel OF (belonging to) the circumcision to the Little Flock (Luke 12:32) [until they died off]. The book of Acts records the transition from the old program to the new program of Grace.
JESUS’s “clear” teaching is clear when you understand who it is spoken and written to and for. That was the ‘gospel of the kingdom’, which national Israel rejected and did not accept because they did not recognize their Messiah. So that message and that promise was put aside while God revealed his secret (Mystery) plan to re-claim the second heaven with the Body of Christ, which he is building and has been building for over 2,000 years. Yet denominationalism will have us believe we are under the Law of the Old Testament.
So, yes today believers DO follow the commands of Christ, but now it is the commands of the RISEN, ASCENDED, LORD JESUS CHRIST, as revealed to the Apostle to the Gentiles (Romans 11:13).
Today is it useless and a trick of the devil to follow the commands of Christ in his earthly ministry to the Jews only (Matt. 10, Matt. 15) The enemy of our souls delights in deceiving people into religiosity.
Our Apostle said, Follow me as I follow Christ (the Risen, Ascended, Christ)!
There went a man [Paul] who followed the LAW and the Gospel of the “Kingdom” perfectly… as perfectly as a human being could, and even killed followers of Jesus Christ in his earthly ministry. BUT NOW says we should follow Christ as he did; and he gave us those instructions in Romans through Philemon.
Oh what a magnificent gift of being born into this age where we have the gift of the completed Word of God and those who are willing enough to stand for truth and to fight against the wiles of the devil to deceive millions. Glory to God!
Yes, it is by faith… a free will choice and at the BEMA Seat of Christ, believers will be judged (for their reward) by how they chose to live the Gospel of Grace, the instructions for the body of Christ today. Sorrowfully, many are doing what Israel did and using their own thinking or that of religious leaders to reject what God is doing today. And in the future, when God has finished building his church, which is his body, (Eph. 1:22,23) man, being his usual stubborn self, will finally start trying to live according to the gospel of the Grace of God. Yes, the Gospel of Grace will cease after the catching away of the Body of Christ and the proper gospel then will again be the Gospel of the Kingdom.
1 Corinthians 14:37