Doesn’t Always Mean What We Think It Means

Sometimes Christians use biblical language inaccurately. I’ve done it myself from time to time. The word of God does not give up all its secrets on the first reading, even if we could manage to give it the attention Divine revelation so richly deserves.

That said, I have been greatly helped throughout my Christian life by men who rightly divided the word of truth, and who insisted on being precise in their choice of terminology. In holding themselves and others to a high standard of accuracy, they were not being pedantic or fussy. Rather, they recognized that we cannot possibly comprehend sentences or paragraphs constructed of words whose meaning is obscure, confused, diluted or downright wrong.

This series is an effort to pass on some of the useful clarifications I’ve received over the years, and a few that I’ve stumbled across along the way.

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