Words are used to communicate thoughts and ideas. The Scriptures use words to communicate the thoughts of God to mankind. God’s words are pure words (Psalm 12:6, Proverbs 30:5). God has promised to preserve them for each generation.
Psalms 12:6-7 “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”
Since God has communicates with us through words it is impossible to fully understand the truths of Scripture without careful consideration of the words God used to communicate his precepts to us. We are to consider the literal meaning, the grammar and the context in which they are used.
Most who claim to be Bible believing Christians would agree with what I have said so far, but few really practice it in the reality of our search for the truths of Scripture. Most of us, if not all of us, at least at times apply our preconceived concepts to the works of Scripture rather than drawing our concepts from the words.
The most important tool a Christian has in the study of the Scriptures is his knowledge of the meaning of the words used. This includes knowing the definition of the words and what they mean in the context in which they are used. It is also important to understand how the grammar affects the meaning of the words.
For example, most Christians today make the church and the body of Christ synonymous with Christianity and the Kingdom of God. They call this the universal church. The word translated church in our Bibles is thought simply to mean called out ones when in fact it means those called out of their homes to assemble together to conduct business. An assembly that doesn’t assemble is not an assembly. A church that doesn’t assemble is not a church.
A body is an assembly of parts that functions together. Both a church and a body are always local and visible. A serious study of the Scriptures will reveal that the only church found therein is a local church. The idea of a universal church is no where to be found.
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