Not So Random Thoughts 6

Matthew 22:23 On that day some Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to Jesus and questioned Him, 24 asking, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘IF A MAN DIES HAVING NO CHILDREN, HIS BROTHER AS NEXT OF KIN SHALL MARRY HIS WIFE, AND RAISE UP CHILDREN FOR HIS BROTHER.’ 25 “Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first married and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother; 26 so also the second, and the third, down to the seventh. 27 “Last of all, the woman died. 28 “In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had married her.” 29 But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 31 “But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God: 32 ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB ‘? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,

The issue of where errors come from in the interpretation of Scripture is an important one. If we have a wrong idea or doctrine of God, then we will not have a solid foundational block for interpreting Scripture. It is true that the Spirit must enlighten us to these things, but when we see from Romans 1 that God judges sinners by turning them over to more sin and a darkened understanding of Him, we should be quite careful. Wrong ideas of God can be a judgment of God and judged more and more by God. This is not an easy thing to set out, but our hearts are truly idol factories and they want a god that they can control and a god that will allow them to be themselves without the need of real repentance.

In the first passage of Scripture above we can see that errors in interpretation of Scripture and the doctrine of God go together and influence one another. In the second passage of Scripture just above we can see that our ideas of God are greatly influenced by the judgments that God sends upon us. God reveals His wrath against all ungodliness and unrighteousness. God reveals His wrath against those who suppress the truth in unrighteousness. There is much about God that He has made evident to them, so in reality they are suppressing the truth of God. His attributes are made clear from nature, yet there are those who are busily suppressing those truths about God and do not honor Him as God. Instead, they give themselves to futile speculations and their hearts are darkened. First, their hearts are darkened by how they speculate about God. Second, their hearts are hardened by God as judgment.

A person who is hardened and his heart darkened will be a poor interpreter of Scripture. The Scriptures declare God to us in them and depend upon Him at all points, so when a person is darkened by foolish speculations and hardness of heart that person cannot understand Scripture. This person, despite his or her academic credentials and reputation is simply another person who has become a fool in the eyes of God. Instead of pouring out biblical wisdom, this person is pouring out the wisdom of a foolish heart that opposes the truth of God. This person may still be in possession of academic qualifications and may preach on Sundays, but the person is still a fool in the eyes of God. We need men with the wisdom of God and not those who possess the wisdom of men. That is precisely what happened in the New Testament. The Pharisees had a lot of the wisdom of men, but when they ran into Jesus who was the wisdom of God they hated Him. They hated Him for many reasons, but one of them was for showing them to be the fools that they were because of their interpretations that were opposed to God when they claimed to be men of God.

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