Who Speaks to Whom?

Mar. 9, 2020 | By Creflo Dollar


When we are studying the Scriptures, it is important not to just read words, but to understand the spirit of the meaning behind them. If we take them out of context, we can get an incorrect meaning from them and our entire spiritual walk is affected. Not only do we need to keep in mind whether the particular Scripture is before or after the cross, but we must also pay attention to who is being quoted and who they are talking to. Taking into consideration custom and cultural differences can also help keep us from misinterpreting the Bible.

  1. We must divide the Bible correctly to interpret its true meaning.
    1. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
    2. The requirements under the old covenant differ from those under the new covenant.
      1. When comparing the old and new covenants, we should read the Scriptures in light of the finished works of Jesus.
    3. None of the Scriptures have a personal, private interpretation. They are all the Word of God.
      1. [Yet] first [you must] understand this, that no prophecy of Scripture is [a matter] of any personal or private or special interpretation (loosening, solving). For no prophecy ever originated because some man willed it [to do so—it never came by human impulse], but men spoke from God who were borne along (moved and impelled) by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20, 21, AMPC).
      2. All Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit. To understand God’s meaning, we must know who a Scripture is quoting, and the persons being addressed.
  1. Reading a single verse out of context can be misleading.
    1. After Job loses everything, he reacts in grief.
      1. Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:20, 21).
    2. We later read that God is a giver, not a taker.
      1. Jesus came to give us abundant life, not take it away. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
    3. Job later repented of what he had said earlier. He admitted that he did not know God before, but now was seeing Him with his spiritual eyes.
      1. I had heard of You [only] by the hearing of the ear, but now my [spiritual] eye sees You. Therefore I loathe [my words] and abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes (Job 42:5, 6, AMPC).
      2. The story of Job and the devil asking God for permission to afflict him is before the cross. After the cross, the devil has no access to the throne of grace to make anyone’s life miserable.
  1. Knowing who says what to whom helps us to rightly divide the Word of God.
    1. Satan was cast out of heaven and no longer has the authority he had under the old covenant.
      1. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out (John 12:31).
      2. Yet, the enemy still tries to create trouble without permission. When we see bad or evil things happen, we should not assume they are God’s doing.
    2. In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them (2 Corinthians 4:4).
      1. The devil has blinded the minds of those who do not believe in the power of the Word.
      2. Believers have the authority to overcome the world and bind the enemy.
      3. We know that trouble is bound to show up, but we must not be afraid to press forward.
      4. The appearance of trouble does not mean that what we are doing is not working.
    3. The world is corrupt, but believers are not of this world.
      1. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness (1 John 5:19).
      2. God has delivered us and given us authority over the devil.
      3. Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son (Colossians 1:13).
      4. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:19).
  1. We must take into consideration who is speaking and who is being spoken to.
    1. Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? (Romans 7:1).
      1. This Scripture addresses those under the Law of Moses.
    2. James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting (James 1:1).
      1. This Scripture addresses the tribes of Israel around the world.
    3. Neither Scripture specifically addresses the church of Jesus Christ.
    4. At first glance, it would seem that 1 Corinthians 11:3-16 tells us that, when praying, men should not cover their heads and women should, and that women should have long hair. That is not what the Scripture is saying.
      1. This is an issue that has caused great contention in the past. It pertains specifically to the custom of Corinth at the time.
      2. This is actually advice to believers to follow the local customs and culture where they are.

To learn more on how to correctly study the Bible so as to understand the contrast between before and after the Bible, click on the link below for the DVD, The Contrast.


Scripture References

2 Timothy 2:15

2 Peter 1:20, 21, AMPC

Job 1:20, 21

John 10:10

Job 42:5, 6, AMPC

John 12:31

2 Corinthians 4:4

1 John 5:19

Colossians 1:13

Luke 10:19

Romans 7:1

James 1:1

1 Corinthians 11:3-16

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