All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”



I once met someone who was of age but had not yet gained admission into a higher institution. As we spoke about it, he mentioned that even though he did not have the means, he believed that God wanted him to go to a private university, so he did not bother to seek any other alternatives.


When asked how he knew that was God’s will for him, he showed me this scripture in 1Ti 3:13:  “For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.” To him, this meant that he was meant to go to a private institution because that was what he considered to be a ‘good degree.’ It might seem funny now, but it shows us a very dangerous, yet common error when it comes to bible interpretation.


That idea that every text in the Bible is subjective can be quite dangerous.  A text can never mean what it never meant, or say what it never said. It would be mischievous to misconstrue God’s counsel and come up with our own subjective ideas. Say for example, I write you a letter asking you to drive my car to the mechanics. You would not say that I meant you should ‘build your personal drive for excellence’ would you?


God’s original intent is ‘deep’ in itself. You don’t have to be innovative with the message. God’s word is not subjective. A verse of scripture should not mean something different to you than what it means in and of itself. Be more interested in getting the whole counsel of God by studying ‘all scripture’ on a particular matter. When you such respect for the written word, then you can truly grow and not be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14).





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