The MisInterpretation of Truth

I recently read a work of fiction entitled Angelology.  It was a New York Times Bestseller.  There was one paragraph in the book that read, "Seraphina said. 'John said that in the Beginnning there was the Word and the Word was with God.  What he did not say is that in order to be meaningful the Word requires interpretation.  That is our role.'" (p. 176) 

Too often error finds its way past our 'truth sensors' and into our heart because we, as Believers, do not think theologically.  As opposed to what the above mentioned work of fiction communicates, the Word does NOT need interpretation....not the WORD spoken of in the first chapter of John's Gospel.  The Word in John 1 is none other than the person of Christ.  Any interpretation that occurs in relationship to Jesus as the Word is His interpreting for US who His Father is.  John relates in verse 14 of that chapter:  "And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth."  Jesus revealed God's glory to us.

It is Jesus who exegetes God for us.  Further along in the text it reads, "No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained (exegeted) Him."  (John 1:18)  The Word explains the Father to us and our responsibility is to hear and to obey...not interpret...that job has already been done for us by Someone who has firsthand knowledge! 

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Men in Friendship

Last week, a friend from church gave me a book to read called The Masculine Mandate by Richard Phillips. Monday I set down to read and after doing so, I would recommend this book to anyone, male or female. I would like to share the opening illustration of chapter 11, “Men in Friendship” with you today. There are two statues in Washington D.C. that together tell a remarkable story. One is the massive memorial to General Ulysses S. Grant that stands at the east end of the reflecting pool. The other stands in a small nondescript park some 2½ miles away. This statue is of a lesser-known Civil War figure, Major General John Rawlins. This statue has actually been moved eight times and is hardly ever noticed by visitors. Rawlins was lawyer in Grant's home town and had been a good friend before the war. During the war, he became Grant’s chief of staff. Rawlings knew Grant’s character flaws, especially his weakness for alcohol. At the beginning of the war Rawlings was given a pledge from Grant to abstain from drunkenness and when the general threatened to fall away from that promise, his friend would encourage him and support him until he was back on track. Rawlings memorial is modest compared to the mounted glory of Grant’s, yet without his love and support Grant would hardly have been able to climb into the saddle.

Ours is a world that celebrates the individual—the power of one, solitary achievements, and individual laurels. But God sees things from a very different perspective. Solomon in Ecclesiastes wrote: “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up (Eccl. 4:9-10)

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