“Two Corinthians”

 

God is all knowing, man is not. Recently, one of the individuals “stumping” for support in his via for the Presidency revealed his lack of Biblical knowledge and understanding. While speaking at Liberty University, originally named Lynchburg Baptist College (1971) then Liberty Baptist College (1976), the candidate read II Corinthians 3:17 and called it “Two” Corinthians. This would be and is a common mistake for those who are beginners of reading and studying the Bible.  Perhaps, we as parents have heard our little children, as they are learning to read, make similar mistakes. My intention is not to discredit the misspoken candidate, but to have us as members of the Lord’s church mindful of what our words manifest.

In those days also saw I Jews [that] had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, [and] of Moab: And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews’ language, but according to the language of each people (Nehemiah 13:23-24). Some of the Jews had married women of Ashdod, Ammon and Moab and the children born to these unions were not able to speak the Hebrew language: their language betrayed them.

Referencing Second Corinthians as Two Corinthians will not cause one to be lost, but it does give some insight. When the language of Ashdod is heard in the church, it gives insight. The plea of “calling Bible things by Bible names” should not be limited to a particular time, as the Restoration Period, because it is a plea of God throughout the ages (Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19).

Education is a part of evangelism; education is a tool of evangelism. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee (Psalm 119:11). How does one “hide” the word of God in his or her heart?  Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14). The children of God are to meditate upon the word of God. When tempted by Satan, Jesus’ response was the word of God. For us to respond to Satan, as did Jesus, we must know the word of God.

The Bible class program at Logan Martin is a wonderful tool through which we carry out God’s commands and through which we learn God’s word. Thank you to all our wonderful teachers and students in their diligent studies. Let each of us take full advantage of these Bible classes.

Tim