In times past, either due to false or inaccurate information that we’ve heard, or due to our own mistakes, we’ve believed some things that are incomplete or we take them out of context. Let’s look at a few Scriptural examples:
1. Romans 3:22-23 “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” We usually stop here and just keep going on about ourselves as sinners. But the next verse 24 says “and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” So, even though we were sinners, we have been justified by Jesus as long as we remain in Him.
2. Romans 7:20 “Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” We sometimes use this as an explanation (and excuse) for sinning. A few verses further however, in Romans 8:1-2, the Bible says “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” So, I’m no more a slave to sin because of Jesus Christ.
3. Phil 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” We usually pray this verse when seeking calm in the storm. But let’s not forget the premise on which it is based in verse 6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
These are just a few examples. As we study the Word of God more, I pray that the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth.
Food for thought:
Some of these things are ingrained into our minds that even when we see the truth in the Bible, we refuse to believe it.
“The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”- Alvin Toffler