Are We Understanding The Scriptures Correctly?

An Introduction

The reason I am writing this post is that I have come across dangerous teachings of the Bible that undermine sound doctrine and are landmines, waiting to kill its victim. Before you go out into the field, I would like to warn you of these false teachings. Two in particular.

There are two types of wayward beliefs. One is so far removed from the Jewish Scripture that he has developed a disdain [replacement theology] for the nation of Israel today. The other professing Christian is so much into the Jewish people that he has become a type of Judaizer.

I would like to bring to light that which is in the dark. I want to warn Christians of Satan’s tactics and the people he uses to deceive those who are not in the Word of God regularly.

Questions That Will Be Answered & The Importance Of Understanding The Scriptures

  • How does a person become a Christian?
  • Once we are a Christian, what do we need to believe in to have a sound doctrine?

It is vital to understand the Bible to get the proper nourishment. If we are to live according to it, we must make sure to understand it correctly, or else we will deceive ourselves and others.

Proper Understanding Of Grace & The Law

A person to become a Christian, get saved, must believe in Jesus Christ [John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.”], accept what He did for us on the cross, paid our debt of sin, and on the third day, believe that Jesus rose from the grave and is alive forevermore.

A Christian must understand at least the basic principles of the faith found in the Scriptures that salvation was not due to their good works [Ephesians 2:8-9 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”], but by faith alone in the work of Christ Jesus.

The believer must understand that Jesus kept the law for us so that we may receive His righteousness apart from the law [Romans 3:21], through faith in Jesus Christ, as He kept it without failing. [Romans 10:3-4 3 For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”] Jesus is the end of the law, which means that after He came and ascended to heaven, we no longer are to keep the law as it is fulfilled in Jesus Christ, but we are under the law of the Spirit. For the Lord fulfilled the ceremonial law, which was to celebrate special days, years and the sacrifice of animals. The civil law was constructed for the Jewish nation in the wilderness and when Jewish kings ruled the land of Israel.

The law of Moses cannot make you righteous, in right standing with God. Those who want to keep the law to establish one’s merit makes Jesus’ death pointless [Galatians 2:21 “I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”]

If you try to keep the law as a Christian, you will forfeit your faith [Galatians 5:3-4 3 And I testify again to every man who has himself circumcised, that he is obligated to keep the whole Law. 4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by the Law; you have fallen from grace.”] For the two, the law of Moses and grace cannot work together and produce the righteousness of God. It’s impossible.

For example, can you say that you received a gift if you end up paying for it? The answer is no. Can you say that you paid for something if you got it for free? The answer is no. Jesus’ salvation is available to everyone as a gift. No works is required to receive the gift of Jesus. Good deeds are the evidence seen in a person who has the Spirit of God living inside of him.

Belief That Jesus Is God Is A Salvific Requirement

[The word “God” is added for clarity]

A Christian must believe in the biblical Jesus that he received at first, without deviating through false teachings [John 14:8-9 “8 Philip *said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father [God], and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus *said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? The one who has seen Me has seen the Father [God]; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father [God]’?.

Leaving sound doctrine will cause a person to apostatize. Apostasy brings to light that the professing person’s faith is false. Jesus in John 8:24 declared that you have to believe that He is God to be saved [“24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am, you will die in your sins.”]

The phrase “I am” points back to Exodus 3:13-14 13 Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” 14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “This is what you shall say to the sons of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”] Jesus said that He is the I am of Exodus 3.

A Christian Will Receive A New Heart

Once the Holy Spirit enters the heart of a believer, transformation occurs, making him into a new creature. He will have a love for people and the things of God [John 13:34-35 34 I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are My disciples: if you have love for one another.”]

All genuine believers in Jesus Christ will love the Jewish people because our Lord and Savior came from them, and through the Jewish apostles, we received the Word of God [John 4:22 “You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, because salvation is from the Jews.”]

Satan’s Hatred For The Jews

Commentary was added in Revelation 12:13 for clarity

Only Satan hates the Jews and has a great disdain for them [Revelation 12:13 “And when the dragon [Satan] saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman [is in reference to Israel in the End Times] who gave birth to the male Child.”]

Jesus Will Reign In Jerusalem

At Jesus’ second coming, He will rule as King in Jerusalem [Zechariah 14:9-11 9 And the LORD will be King over all the earth; on that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one. 10 All the land will change into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; but Jerusalem will rise and remain on its site from Benjamin’s Gate as far as the place of the First Gate to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s wine presses. 11 People will live in it, and there will no longer be a curse, for Jerusalem will live in security.”

[Zechariah 14:16-17 16 Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of armies, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths. 17 And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of armies, there will be no rain on them.”]

If you come across any teachings that try to make you go back to the law of Moses or to make you have a disdain for the nation of Israel, keep on walking and don’t stop. You have ventured into a spiritual minefield. Any wrong step and you can potentially damage your faith severely.

All Scripture were quoted from the NASB 2020