The Word For Everyone
by Olugbenga Ojuroye
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THE WORD FOR EVERY ONE
Many are used to believing that the word is for just a select few, a select age group, sex, race or belief. But in all sincerity, the word is for everyone and is applicable to all situations anyone could possibly find himself in. Take a look at 2 Timothy 3:16-17:
All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (NIV).
The word of God is applicable for correction and also to warn people off from getting in trouble. Okay, let’s look at a particular bible verse, don’t mind my selection, there is a reason for everything:
“Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”—but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body (1 Corinthians 6:13 NIV).
Now, take a look at this verse above. This is not just one message. Yes, it is one verse but it carries different messages to different set of people and it serves different purposes to those said people. Before I explain, take a look at this next passage quite similar to the one above:
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable… For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life (1 Thessalonians 4: 3-4, 7 NIV).
Okay with these two passages, let God help us to discern what he has for us this moment. Now let’s look at different recipients in regard to sexual orientation:
1. A Saint: I use this term to describe one who has not been involved in sexual immoralities at all. When such a person reads this, it sounds as a warning to be careful lest he fall into such a sin.
2. A Fornicator: For one who is already involved in sex before marriage which is a sin, the passages above will serve to warn the person that the path he/she is treading is wrong and he/she should bail immediately.
3. A Repented son: When one seeks to stop such endeavors and in fact already has, the passages will serve as a continuous reminder that he/she should not go back into such a sin and remain pure.
4. The Married: Obviously, this category of persons is beyond the sin of fornication but if not careful will be in danger of the sin of adultery and is therefore warned to keep his/her guard up.
5. The Adulterer: Okay, he/she is already neck deep in the mud and this passage will serve to guide such a person back to the right path, out of the mud, purified by his blood and would then be a constant reminder not to do so again.
6. The Masturbator: This would also serve to convict such a person and would by the grace of God lead to repentance.
7. The Pornographer: Some people still give the general idea that nothing is physically done but these verses, coupled with Matthew 5: 27-28 in which Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart,” will help to get through that devil created misunderstanding and help, among other things, to bring the soul to deliverance.
8. The Gay: In some parts of the world today, this is a very sensitive issue and I stand by my words without fear, not because I am behind a computer screen but because in God’s sight it is the right thing to say, that this is very wrong indeed. This verses coupled with those in Leviticus 20 especially 13 which say, “’If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.’” This also applies to unnatural female relations too.
For more on sexual immorality, take a look at Leviticus 18 and 20 (for one not familiar with the bible, Leviticus is the third book of the bible).
From the above discuss, we see how a passage in the bible could have different meanings to different people and could by the grace of God change the lives of many. So in this note I have discussed 2 things:
1. The vast applicability of the scripture to teach, to correct, warn and bring to repentance.
2. Also I have talked about sexual immorality and it’s various forms, based on the bible and so all that is written hear is not based on my understanding but is clearly outlined in the scripture. All I am is just a conduit, a courier.
One important thing I want to clarify here is this: all that I have written is not to judge anyone. I say this not out of fear but love because many people are quick to point out that one is judgmental when the sole aim of his words is just to bring hope.
All men are capable of certain things. Everyone is guilty of certain things even I am not an entirely good apple as some who know me might say but we have seen his grace and he has helped us stop many dangerous habits, some of which are above here. Many Christians you see who speak along the lines of those outlined above are those who have learned these things the hard way, from experience and their wish is that you do not learn that way and if you have, that you come out of it with God’s help. As the bible puts it, “A fool learns from his mistakes but a wise man learns from the mistakes of others.”
The truth is this: apart from the grace of God, many Christians are no different from the rest of the world.
God bless You beyond what you could even imagine. Shalom.
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Good teaching - I like how you show the verse's many "audiences." Nicely done.