God Was Not Talking To You Or I In These Verses…
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. Some Scriptures are very obviously not of concern to you or I (i.e. II Timothy 4:13).
1. Even when they are not written directly to us there are sometimes applications to be made for us (Colossians 4:15-16).
2. Even Scriptures that do no direct apply should still be taught (Romans 15:4), but handled correctly (II Timothy 2:15).
B. Making sure not to draw unnecessary inferences (John 21:14-23).
1. For example, can you really read Romans 8:28 and think that everything will always be good if you are godly (Matthew 20:17-19 and John 15:18-21)? NO!!!!
2. What you have to do with Romans 8:28 is see how the context refers to spiritual things (Romans 8:29-39).
II. Body: We Must Handle The Scriptures Properly (II Corinthians 4:2).
A. The “everything will be okay” verses such as Isaiah 43:2 and Jeremiah 29:11…
1. Who is addressed in Isaiah 43:1-3?
2. Who is addressed in Jeremiah 29:10-13?
3. Under the Law of Moses, obedience to God provided ISRAEL (Leviticus 25:1-2) with safety (Leviticus 25:18-19).
4. Is the life of a Christian, carnally speaking, promised to be “good” (Acts 14:22 and II Timothy 3:10-12)?
B. The idea that our country can repent and the land healed from verses such as II Chronicles 7:14…
1. “My people” was then in reference to Israel (I Kings 8:16 and Ezekiel 34:30).
2. God was talking to Solomon (II Chronicles 7:12-14).
3. While there may be lessons to learn from these Scriptures (Romans 15:4), there is not a direct application to our country (Romans 7:1-6).
4. God’s city and nation is not a physical place anymore (Hebrews 12:22-23 and I Peter 2:5-9).
C. The idea that God will give you anything you ask for from reading Matthew 21:22.
1. Isn’t the context about miracles (Matthew 21:17-22)?
2. Doesn’t God explicitly tell us we can ask for things and not receive them (James 4:3)?
3. Isn’t prayer based on God’s will rather than our own (I John 5:14-15)?
4. Understand the N.T. was written during a time when miracles occurred and thus many prayers will not be valid today because they surrounded miraculous times. These things have ceased (I Corinthians 12:3-13:13).
D. People who think they Spirit of God abides in them because they misapply Scriptures like Ephesians 1:13.
1. How did the Ephesians receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:1-7)?
2. Since Apostles gave the Spirit (Acts 8:12-24) you know this doesn’t apply now because…
a. To be an Apostle one had to be an eyewitness of the resurrected Christ (Acts 1:22).
b. Paul was the last to see Him (I Corinthians 15:8).
c. Therefore the Spirit is not given anymore, as there are no Apostles to do so.
d. Lest confusion arise, there is no H.S. baptism as we read of in Acts 2:1-4 anymore either (Ephesians 4:5; cf. I Peter 3:20-21).
III. Conclusion: Not properly knowing the Scriptures will cause us to err (Matthew 22:29).
© 2015 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager