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    Misunderstood Scriptures

    There are a number of scriptures that are often quoted but unfortunately for the ones quoting them, they fail to understand what it is they just quoted. Most will quote only that part they remember or what others say when they quote that partial verse. Here are a couple of examples:

    First Example

    Once you are born again of the Spirit of God, you can finally see into the realm of the Spirit but not clearly...YET! (click/tap on photo)
    1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
    This verse, taken on its own, would seem to indicate that the only time we will see "face to face" or "know even as also I am known" is reserved for our existence in heaven but to understand this verse, we must read it again in its entire context.

    Once you've matured, your vision comes with greater clarity, able to see with increased detail. (click/tap on photo)
    1 Corinthians 13:9-12 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
    This entire chapter is speaking about the importance of walking in God's love. First, it shows us what "love" looks like and then teaches we do not come into this "mature love" immediately and describes this truth by contrasting between the understanding and experiences of a child versus that of a mature man or woman.

    Since we were born again of God's Spirit, we are born of His Spirit and bear all His attributes just as a human child bears the attributes of its parents. Just as a child is not born fully mature but must grow into adulthood, so must we as newborn children of God. Maturity does not come because we "will" it to but comes through learning, time and testing by the Holy Spirit who was sent to us for that express purpose, to lead us and guide us into all truth.

    Many today quote just a part of that verse about seeing through a glass darkly but this is not true in the sense that we are to "grow" to the point where we no longer see through that same glass darkly or know "in part". This is true ONLY when we were new to the things of God and have not walked with Him. However, as we walk with Him and His Spirit teaches us, training us in His ways, this "veil" is slowly removed and the clarity of our vision is increased to the point, when we reach maturity, we will see "face to face" and "know as we are also known".

    This is not reserved for heaven only but is intended by God to bring us to that which is "perfect". Jesus even commands His followers to "be perfect" as God is "perfect". Many do not believe this statement as they cannot believe they can reach any level of perfection in this life but this too is a falsehood, propagated by our adversary.

    That word translated "perfect" actually means:
    5046. τέλειος teleiós, tel'-i-os;
    From 5056complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.); neuter (as noun, with 3588completeness.:--of full age, man, perfect.

    Being "perfect" as shown in these verses is speaking of reaching a place called "maturity" having exercised our obedience fully, completely and have reached that place where we can teach others.

    Next time you hear someone quoting this incorrectly, leaving out the most important parts, remind them that this applies to you only when you were a child but as you grow in Christ and take on the Mind of Christ and walk in obedience to His Holy Spirit, you leave behind that inexperienced child who cannot fully understand the truth and now walk in a new place where your understanding is no longer darkened as it once was.

    Second Example

    Mustard Seed
     Luke 17:6 (NKJV) 6 So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

    In a parable about the kingdom of God, Jesus uses that same example of the "mustard seed":
    Luke 13:18-19 (NKJV) 18 Then He said, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 “It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”

    mustard tree
    Notice the size of this mustard tree by the people standing near its base.

    Being the smallest of all seeds yet when it is fully grown, it becomes a large tree. So it is with our faith. We start off with just a little faith, like a mustard seed, but as we walk in our faith, it grows and no longer remains as that tiny seed it once was. Jesus illustrates that it only takes that little bit of faith to move trees and mountains when that faith is exercised but we also must consider what He is NOT telling us. Once your faith brings you into the kingdom of God, it is your OBEDIENCE that is required. Jesus never did or spoke according to His own will but submitted all to the will of the Father. Everything Jesus said and did was as the Father was showing Him. Jesus' faith is the "foundation" upon which He walked and it was His "obedience" to His Father's direction that the kingdom of God was being built. Your faith will not remain the size of a mustard seed forever. Once you die to self then He can grow within you so that it is no longer YOU that does the work but God. As we walk in obedience, our faith grows just as Jesus described that mustard tree.

    FAITH lays the foundation but OBEDIENCE builds the house!

    Remember this statement. Only when we DO according to God's word will be able to SEE the kingdom of God and understand that dynamic of what Revelations 2:17 calls "hidden manna". When we walk in obedience to the Spirit of God who leads us, teaches us, counsels us, gives us His wisdom, corrects and chastises us and gives to us the assurance of the Father's love, THEN we become "overcomers" and will understand those "hidden truths (manna)" that has long been hidden from the eyes of those who have not the Spirit of God dwelling within them. It is THEN that the mysteries of God will be opened up to only those who walk in faith and obedience to the Holy Spirit who was sent for that very purpose so that we can "become" sons of God.
    Romans 8:13-14 (NKJV) 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
    The "hidden manna" belongs only to those who hear and do all the commandments of the Spirit of the Lord. It IS those mysteries of God, hidden from the eyes of those whose hearts are unconverted or even those who do not walk in obedience to the Spirit of the Lord. Only those who DO as they are SHOWN by the Holy Spirit will be able to SEE and UNDERSTAND those wondrous mysteries kept hidden for millennia.

    Third Example

    11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
    (Revelation 12:11 LASB:NKJV Bible)

    11 And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony, for they did not love and cling to life even when faced with death [holding their lives cheap till they had to die for their witnessing].
    (Revelation 12:11 AMP)
    This is not a misunderstood verse but one that is often not "finished". All too often I've heard my brethren quote this verse but leave out the 3rd portion of the verse. It is my understanding that the only "actionable" part of this verse is when we "speak" our testimony. The other 2 parts are very critical to that testimony. Unless we are born again and the Blood of the Lamb washes away our sin and guilt, we do not have a testimony but in order to give "power" to our testimony, we must also not "love" our life but through the laying it down, we "gain" the power that is afforded us through the shed blood of Christ. This goes along with what Jesus said, "unless a seed falls to the ground and dies, it abides alone but if it dies, then it will produce much fruit."
    24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
    25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
    (John 12:24-25 LASB:NKJV Bible)
    So, the next time either you quote this verse or someone else does, perhaps a gentle reminder is in order that there is another very important part of this verse that also needs to be heard.

    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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