The Importance Of Verification
The Importance of Verification
When discussing the Word of God with anyone, in order to evaluate the truthfulness of what you or I may have been taught or believe, it is vital that we first establish a method of verification between the two parties. There will always be inconsistencies in the understanding of the Word of God unless the two agree to rely on the same resources (the Bible, a Dictionary, a Lexicon, etc.) to verify our definitions, explanations, and translation of the scriptures (which are critical in validating the correctness of our claims). We can eliminate most misunderstandings because we now have an agreed-upon means whereby we can at least identify where the potential error exists if we identify the source from which we obtained our understanding that led to our conclusion.
Why Verification Is Important
Many have made claims that are just not found written as such in the Bible (i.e., “Jesus is God” or Jesus is “God the Son”, God was “totally man and totally God” at the same time, etc.) and yet claim these statements to be true. There is a reason why these statements are not written in the “Word of God”; they don’t belong there.
(Abraham Lincoln) said it like this;
How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four; calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.
God didn’t pretend to be a “Son” to himself; God will always be God and the Father of Jesus (2 Corinthians 11:31; Ephesians 1:3, 17; 3:14; 1 Peter 1:3; 2 John 1:3) for God changes NOT (Malachi 3:6) and this fact Jesus acknowledges (John 20:17; Revelation 3:5; Revelation 3:12; Revelation 3:21), so “turning a blind eye” to the truth doesn’t make the truth disappear only ignored.
An interpretation can “appear” to be possible and yet be totally wrong if it is not correctly applied. In fact, such near misses of interpretation can be the most treacherous, since they are so close to the truth, that’s what makes them so easy to believe. These interpretations may satisfy one condition and yet not another. This is a very important matter when it comes to understanding what the Bible actually says about salvation and the “Godhead” in relation to the “Body of Christ”.
The expressions, “Godhead” and “Body of Christ” are metaphors or figures of speech, (meaning they are not to be interpreted in the “literal” sense or normal meaning of the word). The referenced terminology “Godhead” is not the actual “head” of God in the same way the “Body of Christ” is not always the physical body of a man named Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is often referred to as the “lamb of God”, but history bears witness that Jesus Christ was not a four-legged animal covered in wool.
Metaphors are used in speech to help illustrate by comparison, as in the example “head” this term is often used to illustrate or identify the person in control, who has the power, authority or a leadership position over someone or something.
(Ephesians 5:23) – “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body”
(1 Corinthians 11:3) – “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God”
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