Not understanding ‘To whom the Bible is written’ has caused a massive amount of wrongly dividing of the Word of God and miss interpretation of God’s Word. Things that are written to Israel are thought of as being written to us and things written to us we think of written to Israel. Sometimes things written to or about the future time is contributed to things going on now. We need to pay close attention to whom it is written. That is what this teaching series is all about.
As we read the Bible as Bible students we should always remember in the verse, in the context, and where else the same subject has been written or used before.
Today we use emails, text, message, and we follow different groups and people all on our devices. some we trust others not so much. As we do that we have to pay close attention to whom the messages are written to and for, to who can use the information. We get many forms of information. Some information is written to us personally. Some are for a group of people and some are for someone else.
We all have stories of communication and information being wrongfully address and received by the wrong party or just wrongly spelled or poorly communicated.
We might send a email to someone and in the email tell some story or incident about someone else. We would need to fellow along to get what is written to whom and about whom.
We can still learn from information not written directly to us. The same or more diligence must be taken as we are reading the Bible.
A key to understanding the Bible as we read it is to understand ‘To Whom It is Written’.
We need to take into account and look very closely ‘To Whom It is written’ to or address to, to whom it is directed to or about, To whom it is true and finally, how does it affect your life today.
I Corinthians 10: 32: Here are three different classifications or groups of people.
Jew: Judean, children of Israel.
Gentile: sometimes called the nations, Greeks: heathens and all others except the nation of Israel.
The Church of God: a completely new group of people. The born-again ones
Galatians 3:28: A person is either a Judean or a Gentile until he becomes born again of God’s spirit. At which time he joins the Church of God. This is easy to see as we pay close attention as we read, in the verse, in the contents and remember where else it is written or has been used before. The entire Bible is addressed to one or the other of these three groups.
Romans 15:4: Aforetime (means about times before the day of Pentecost) not written to us but are for our learning.
I Corinthians 10:11: Then Israel is for our example, then the ten commandments of the Old Testament along with other laws are for our learning.
I Corinthians 1: 2: Unto the church of God.
Ephesians 1:1: To saints, to set apart, to the born again ones.
James 1:1: To the twelve tribes.
God has worked with mankind differently in different situations, because of conditions that man has put himself in. God has had to work with man in a little different ways.
Ephesians 3:2 The word dispensation is the Geek word ‘oikonomia’.
In the New International the word is translated “administration”
NIB Ephesians 3:2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you,
In the Revised Standard Version it is the word stewardship.
RSV Ephesians 3:2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you.
In The Jerusalem Bible it said it as “the way in which” God entrusted me.
NJB Ephesians 3:2 You have surely heard the way in which God entrusted me with the grace he gave me for your sake;
I’m sure that you can appreciate that God had to work with Adam and Eve a little differently after being kicked out of the garden of Eden.
And again after Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments and other laws and regulations for the children of Israel.
How about when Jesus Christ was here operating his ministry personally here on earth.
What about after Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and ascended into heaven and sent the gift of holy spirit on the day of Pentecost. God has another far better way of dealing with man now.
God will have future ways that God will have to deal with mankind as recorded in God’s Word.
That is what this teaching series is all about. It’s all about learning how to pay close attention to whom it is written. In future sessions I will be pointing some these out and show them to you so that you can learn how to see them for yourself as you are reading the Bible.
Until the next time we get together, may God bless you abundantly.
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