“A text out of context, is pretext.”
If you try and prove a point by using only a phrase or a few words out of Scripture, you are using the Word for a purpose that it had never been intended for.
To keep the Word of God in context, you must:
- understand and quote the whole verse;
- take careful note of who it is addressed to, it may not be relevant to your audience within it’s prophetic or cultural context;
- take into account the meaning of the verses before and behind it;
- consider the message of the entire chapter;
- know and consider the section of the book of the Bible that your verse is in, and how that affects it;
- know what the book it is in, is all about (for example, a prophetic book is very different from an Epistle;) and
- understanding the Testament the book is in, (Old or New Testament.) Without that understanding, you won’t be able to accurately attribute the requirements for salvation, worship etc., in that time.
Adapted from the work of Dr David Pawson, http://davidpawson.org
“A speaker and author with uncompromising faithfulness to the Holy Scriptures, David brings clarity and a message of urgency to Christians to uncover hidden treasures in God’s Word.”