Summer is a time for fresh veggies. We really like corn on the cob. When we are having corn on the cob at our house, you are sure to hear, “Please, pass the butter.”
I can remember one of the first Women’s Bible studies I ever attended. I wasn’t use to the antiquated King James language. We were studying in Philippians and as I read “the peace of GOD which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ JESUS” (Philippians 4:7). I thought it meant that GOD’s peace would give me understanding and thus keep me from error.
I thought, GOD’s peace passes all understanding- something like when you say “ pass the butter.” Was I ever shocked when I learned the Greek word translated pass here meant throw beyond having to understand.
When I understood that HIS peace guarded my heart and mind and kept me from doubts and fear when I didn’t understand, it helped me to cope. For many times I just didn’t understand, even when I searched for answers.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge HIM (talk to HIM about them) and HE will direct your path (not your mind). Be not wise (having to know) in your own eyes, fear the LORD and depart from evil (Proverbs 3:5-7NKJ).
It is very important to know what the speaker’s definition of a word is for us to understand what is being said. Let’s take a look at a passage some find difficult because they don’t know the Biblical definition of a word in this context.
The LORD’s bondservant must not be quarrelsome; but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps GOD may grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of the truth, that they may come to their senses and escape the trap of the devil who has taken them captive to do his will. (2 Timothy 2:24-26)
Does GOD make them feel sorry for their sin? That is not what it says. GOD grants them repentance
Repent: metanoeo= is made up of two words- 1-change and 2-mind. The resultant meaning is to change your mind, perspective of things, or purpose. Repentance is changing the way you see things.
In this verse if we are gentle with those who oppose the truth, maybe GOD will give them ability to see things from HIS perspective.
which leads them to know the truth for at least an instant they see things as they really are.
so they may come to their senses.. the Greek word here is in the subjunctive mood which means it expresses uncertainty. The potential to come to their senses is there, but it is conditional on a choice. For a flash, one sees the truth- then he must choose either to believe it or to suppress it (Romans 1:18) and turn back to the lies of the enemy.
If he chooses the truth, he has chosen to change his perspective on life. He repents.
The Bible is amazing and often explains itself. One passage will help us understand another. A verse in the Old Testament helps us understand the word repent from the Biblical view.
Then they repented and said, “The LORD ALMIGHTY has done to us what our ways and practices deserve just as HE determined to do (Zechariah 1:6).
In other words, they saw that GOD was right. They chose to accept the truth and changed their perspective on their own actions from the world’s view- to GOD’s view.
When we read the Bible and something jumps out at us showing us something wrong with us. What do we do? Do we accept it or dismiss it?
Well, one day many years ago I was reading and came across the words, don’t be like the horse or the mule (Psalm 32:9). Now I knew it was referring to stubbornness, but immediately I defensively said, “I am NOT stubborn! But Mac is, therefore GOD must be leading me to pray against Mac’s stubbornness.” Well, because I refused the truth GOD had graciously granted me, it took many years and many unnecessary struggles before I came to accept the truth that I was stubborn and allowed GOD to help me in that area.
Finally, I acknowledged that GOD was right. I chose to accept that truth and changed my perspective of my actions from the world’s view- to GOD’s view. In other words, I repented.
Looking unto JESUS, the Author and Perfecter of my faith