Many passages in the word of God can be misinterpreted if not all scripture is taken into account. Matthew 7 and Matthew 25 are two chapters in particular that are prone to this abuse. I give a quick run through each of the parables in these chapters and how they should correctly be understood in light of the New Testament revelation.
Principle to help you understand the word of God
- Interpret stories of the bible with statements in light of the new testament.
- 1 Corinthians 2:12-13 – comparing spiritual things with spiritual
- Ephesians 3:1-5 – in other ages was not made known
- 2 Peter 3:14-18 – brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him
- Most objections I’m familiar with start from a story or parable.
- We have clear verses that distinguish between works and grace (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 4:5-6, 11:6) and last sermon we went over the reasons for eternal security (ie. “once saved always saved”)
- Otherwise many verses can be misinterpreted to support a works-based salvation
- The gospels are written whilst the OT was still in place, hence Jesus kept the temporary ordinances.
- Jesus spoke in parables which fulfilled the law and caused unbelieving Jews to not understand.
- Matthew 13:34-36
- Righteousness is no longer by the law
- Romans 4:5-9 – imputeth righteousness without works
- Romans 10:3-11 – righteousness which is of faith
Examples of misinterpreted parables:
- Matthew 7:13-29
- narrow vs broad way – John 14:6
- good tree vs bad tree – who is a good tree?
- the false professors – never knew, wonderful works
- house on rock vs house on sand – salvation by keeping commandments? works or grace?
- Matthew 25
- the ten virgins – what does it mean to be ready? works or grace?
- talents (compare pounds in Luke 19:11-27) – why was the last servant cast into hell?
- goats vs sheep – salvation by keeping commandments? works or grace?