There Is Often More To It
By Brian A. Yeager
A. Think about why we are told to “rightly dividing the word” (II Timothy 2:14-18).
2. Anyone can twist Scriptures to make a conclusion they want and err in doing so (Matthew 22:23-33).
B. Sometimes errant biblical knowledge can lead to misplaced conclusions that require us to “go and learn what that meaneth” (Matthew 9:9-13).
II. Body: It’s Not As Easy As Just Reading A Few Scriptures And Then Understanding It All (Acts 8:27-39).
A. Even in the simplest of questions and the simplest of answers, there is often much unstated complexity (i.e. Matthew 22:36-40).
1. Think about how many days you could spend studying about what it means to love God (John 14:15, II Corinthians 5:14-15, Hebrews 6:10-11, etc., etc., etc.).
2. How long does it take to really understand loving God with ALL of your heart (Matthew 5:8, Matthew 6:19-21, etc.) soul [life] (Matthew 10:28, Matthew 16:24-27, Acts 4:32, etc.) and mind [mind; understanding] (Ephesians 1:18, I Peter 1:13, etc.)?
a. The “heart” in biblical terms is a vast subject matter (Genesis 6:5, Matthew 15:18-19, Luke 8:15, etc.)?
b. So is the “mind” (i.e. it is also translated “imagination” (Luke 1:51)?
c. What is meant by “soul” (Genesis 2:7, etc.)?
3. Think about how much could be said about loving thy neighbor as thyself (Romans 13:8-10; cf. Matthew 5:43-48).
a. Who is my neighbor (Luke 10:25-37)?
b. What about “friendship with the world” (James 4:4) and fellowship with darkness (II Corinthians 6:14-18).
c. How does I Corinthians 5:1-13 apply?
B. What if you concluded a study on divorce [not even discussing remarriage] with only using Romans 7:1-3 [the contextual point isn’t even really about divorce (Romans 7:4ff.)]?
1. What exception does Matthew 5:31-32 and Matthew 19:3-12 add in?
2. What exceptions does I Corinthians 7:9-15 add in?
3. Regarding the exception of fornication (Matthew 19:9), how could Luke 17:3-4, I Corinthians 6:1-8, Ephesians 4:32, etc. complicate the answer if the divorce will be against a brother or sister in Christ who is REALLY repenting?
C. What if you just read Matthew 7:7 and Matthew 21:22 regarding prayer?
1. Doesn’t II Corinthians 12:1-10 and James 4:3 show that God doesn’t literally grant anything and everything prayed for?
2. Doesn’t I Corinthians 13:8-13 require one to recognize miraculous things can’t be prayed for?
3. Doesn’t I John 5:14-15 impact a discussion on prayer greatly?
4. Doesn’t II Peter 1:3 make for a huge pause button here and then doesn’t one have to consider that there are and could be many more qualifiers that change the meaning of Matthew 7:7 and Matthew 21:22?
D. Forgive, it sounds simple right (Ephesians 4:32)?
1. Doesn’t “as God for Christ’s sake...” qualify a lot about forgiveness in Ephesians 4:32 (Luke 13:1-5, Acts 3:19, I John 1:9, etc.)?
2. Doesn’t Luke 17:3-4 make a difference in what “seemed” simple?
3. Doesn’t the truth on fellowship show us we cannot “unconditionally forgive” sins (Romans 16:17-18, Ephesians 5:6-11, II Thessalonians 3:6, I John 1:3-7, etc.)?
4. What about fruit meet for repentance (Acts 26:18-20; cf. Matthew 7:15-20)?
E. Doesn’t the four examples above show us how quickly and easily we can get it wrong if we just settle on one verse or a few twisted Scriptures as the whole truth on a subject (i.e. Acts 15:1; 24; cf. Leviticus 12:1-3)?
1. Context matters (i.e. you could easily err if you just read Acts 16:31 and missed Acts 16:32-34).
2. Circumstances matter (Acts 10:1-11:18).
3. Qualifiers matter (Romans 12:13 qualified by II Thessalonians 3:10).
4. Real teaching and study is not just reading, but includes the need to explain/give explanation of things (Nehemiah 8:8).
III. Conclusion: Make sure you don’t ignorantly twist Scriptures (II Peter 3:15-18).
© 2017 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