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No Private Interpretation

Believers need to know this;

“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” 2 Peter 1:20

What that means is exploiting the bible is wrong, it doesn’t matter it’s you who does it, prophet, pastor, or politician. The bible was written not necessarily with you in mind but God, and we all must learn conformity. Prophecy is not a matter of personal opinion but is God’s inspired fact. We must either accept it and believe it or not. We cannot bend it to our own will or for our own advantage. Rather we should allow the Bible to interpret itself, and in everything we do God must get all the glory, not us.

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1

Believe not every spirit, especially those that promise you more than what is in God’s word. Be very wary even of politicians who claim to speak as they’re the oracles of God. Proverbs 30:29 says, “There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going.” But there be also some not comely in going: a politician that quotes you a scripture, it’s worrisome, and a false prophet who “turneth not away for any.” Believe not every spirit, “lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” 2 Corinthians 2:11

All I’m saying is, beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 7:20-21

The fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth; is also love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. Never is it lasciviousness, uncleanness with greediness, “ye have not so learned Christ.” Ephesians 4:20

The bible mustn’t be used as a cloke of covetousness, or be used for personal gratification. It’s wrong to use it to justify any wrong doings. During colonialism remember how it was misused to justify slavery, and history repeats itself, today it’s now post-colonial but the Bible is still being used as a tool for oppression.

“Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.” Ephesians 5:6

Good leaders, true stewards of God are not self-willed. “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” 1 John 2:5

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness…”

Paul says to Timothy,

“If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.” 1 Timothy 4:6-9

Now here is the reminder;

Remember this scripture above, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”

In the Old Testament it would mean a lot that you belong to this or that a tribe. But it’s not still the case in the New Testament. Whether you’re Jew or Gentile, Shumba or Guzhungo, we are members one of another. Paul said above, refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

You thrive only through good doctrine; exercise yourself rather the more to godliness. Stay clear of fables that get dressed up as religion. He said, refuse profane and old wives’ fables, don’t waste time arguing over foolish ideas, myths and legends or who might be the greatest. In Matthew 18 the disciples asked Jesus, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

What they heard is not what they expected, Jesus called a little child and set him in the midst of them and said,

“Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.”

Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts.” Luke 20:46

But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.” Mark 10:40

I don’t think that decision has been approved yet that we also should be displeased with such crazy ideas.

What does that mean? The gospel still is of no private interpretation. Paul says, “Let all things be done unto edifying.

Romans 12:9 says, “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.”

Trying to cling to power in a democratic state is wrong – “…cleave to that which is good…” that we agreed upon when we said we’re are democracy. What’s causing you to change now, is it fear? “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18

Anyway, God’s thoughts are far higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9); He does not think as humans do. Though we are surely growing in forming His mind in us (I Corinthians 2:16; Ephesians 4:13, 15; Philippians 2:5; II Peter 3:18), we still have a very long way to go! Paul says, “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then [in the resurrection] face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known” (I Corinthians 13:12).

He quotes Isaiah in I Corinthians 2:9, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

We, in this fleshly form, with our limited minds and perspectives, just do not know it all yet! Paul makes an insightful observation about his fellow Israelites:

For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. (Romans 10:2-3)

Psalm 119:18,27,37,160,162 says,

[18] Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. [27] Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works. [37] Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. [160] Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. [162] I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.

Wow, isn’t that good? When we have this attitude and see how His word validates all He is doing, our faith in Him increases. If studied correctly, his word helps us to grow in hope and to strive even more diligently to be worthy of his kingdom.


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