In Context

          It is important to understand the context in which any comment is made.  Many a misunderstanding has happened thanks to taking comments out of context. The same is true regarding the Word of God. Many a misunderstanding about spiritual things has happened because of taking Scripture out of context.

          A very common mistake is made with the part of Romans4:17that says, “…calleth those things which be not as though they were” (KJV). Folks take this personally and say in prayer that they will make things happen by calling what they want into existence. That would be great if it were true, but it’s not. The context of this verse is a discussion about justification by faith.  Abraham was declared righteous by God, not because of the Law, but because of his faith. The promise passes down to us because “God, who gives life to the dead …calls those things which do not exist as though they did” (NKJ).

           Notice two things: first, God is the one calling things into existence, not us. Second, this verse isn’t about getting stuff we want. It’s about God turning us into what we weren’t before.

          So keep this in mind: Read Scripture for what it actually says. “The main thing to keep in mind here is that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of private opinion. And why? Because it’s not something concocted in the human heart. Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God’s Word” 2 Peter1:20(The Message).

         God wrote us a book, so He obviously meant for His words to be understood. Let’s not only understand that Romans 4:17 tells us that God is the only One—the Creator—able to call something out of nothing; but let us also understand all of Scripture in context. That way, we’ll be able to apply the whole counsel of God accurately and effectively to each of life’s circumstances.

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

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~ by sanewriter on August 9, 2011.

3 Responses to “In Context”

  1. I love this line….”Notice two things: first, God is the one calling things into existence, not us. Second, this verse isn’t about getting stuff we want. It’s about God turning us into what we weren’t before.” So many times our focus is on God giving us what we want, like a jeanie in a bottle. God is not wish granter though. He is who we should be trying to be like and we should be answering His requests instead of vice versa.

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  3. Interesting post. Thank you!

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