4 March 2024


By John Ollis

Most of us will have heard the statement, “IF YOU TAKE A VERSE OUT OF CONTEXT YOU MAKE IT A PRETEXT”. My readers will know that I highly recommend that you prepare your heart with prayer before you open the Scriptures. Sadly, too many Christians often take a verse without looking at the context, and make it say something that it was never meant to mean. This of course is very relevant to the O.T. but is equally important in the N.T.


In isolation does this verse agree with the overall teaching of the Word of God?

What does the context relate to?

Who are the words spoken to?

With O.T. verses, particularly you MUST pass the words through the Cross and apply New Covenant truth to them.

Words in all languages change their meaning, for example the misinterpretation of the word PROSPERITY, has produced the erroneous “prosperity gospel” teaching.

Sadly, it would seem that most denominations have (or had) an emphasis that has in the past, led to unbalanced teaching and potentially even to error.

We will not of course find a “perfect church” if we did it would sure cease to be perfect if we joined it, LET US BE COMMITTED TO THE ESSENTIAL TRUTHS OF THE WORD OF GOD, and seek the Lord’s guidance as we read the Word of God, it is wise to share with your Mentor and other brothers and sisters in Christ as to their understanding of a passage you are reading.

As you open your Bible pray “LORD TURN THE LIGHT ON” Lord open my eyes and ears) and let the Holy Spirit QUICKEN the Word of God to you, Paul tells us in Rom. 10:17 NKJV So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Paul uses the Greek word Rhema here, so when the Lord turns the light on, FAITH is produced in our heart.

Let us get the most we can out of the Word, God wants it to be our BANQUETING TABLE, amen.

2 Tim.3:16-17 NKJV All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17