Crossway, for a long time now has been manufacturing terrific quality premium, and value Bibles, as well as helpful Christian books. Oft overlooked are the study resources they publish. Today we are going to look at the, ” ESV Exhaustive Concordance.” If you’ve been a Christian for a while you probably already know what a valuable aid a good concordance can prove to be.
If you don’t know what one is, let me tell you. A concordance has every word in the Bible, no matter how small it is, listed in alphabetical order, along with every occurrence of that word, and where in the Bible it occurred. This one goes a bit further and includes Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek glossaries, with entries for those words in the original languages. There is also a list of the words followed by their scripture references only, so you can find every occurrence quickly.
If you aren’t quite sure what to do with a concordance here are a few suggestions; Do a word study. Check to see if the English word being used is translated from one or more different Greek words. Verify the veracity of someone’s claim. Trust me, once you start using a full concordance instead of the very abridged on at the back of some Bibles, you never want to be without one.
This concordance is well made for many years of use. It is a hardback edition. The spine is sewn, and rounded for easy use, and durability. There are black head and tail bands. The paper is 36 g.s.m. and opaque. I think it was about as thin as they could go without sacrificing legibility, considering the 6.5 Lexicon font. It strikes the perfect balance for a book of this size. The paper is white, and the type is clearly, and uniformly printed. Concordances, as you can imagine are not small books. This one is a hair thinner than my Strong’s. In the front of this concordance in the introduction you’ll find helpful diagrams of how to use this tome properly, as well as a Preface by Drayton Brenner who compiled it.
You should always have a hard copy of your most important books. Electronic copies, and apps, are nice, and convenient, but they can be changed in one update overnight. Some apps make it difficult to browse to the information you want. Sometimes, it is just easier to look it up in a book. To that end, I encourage you to go out and pick up this concordance for your ESV Bible. You can purchase it on Amazon, Christianbook, or Crossway’s page. To see more pictures of this concordance please see my flickr album.
I don’t want to
give anyone false hope. It is more damaging than the truth. I have
had to work through this problem as well. Many of my family, and
ancestors died as Roman Catholics, and are now condemned. They will
experience the wrath of the holy, and just God for all eternity.
This should be, and is a sobering notion. It should spur us on to
boldly share the true good news with all of the lost people God
brings into our lives.
The elect of God
will hear the gospel, repent, and believe, in this life. There is no
doubt of that. God does not try to save someone and fail. The lost
who die outside of the true Christ, will not be in Heaven. They will
not have an opportunity to repent once they are dead. Even if they
did, they would not truly repent. They would only be sorrowful over
their condition much as the rich man was when he begged Lazarus for
water, and instead of asking to be forgiven of his sinful life, he
wanted his brothers to be warned. There is no way out of hell.
Here are the
sections of scripture that people usually use to support, what I, and
approximately 2000 years of orthodoxy, consider the aberrant view of
those who are dead repenting in Hell. Please note these verses are
presented out of context by the proponents of the heterodox view.
1 Peter 3:18-20
NASB “18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for
the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to
death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; 19 in which also He
went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, 20 who once
were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days
of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is,
eight persons, were brought safely through the water.”
1 Peter 4:6 NASB
“6 For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those
who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they
may live in the spirit according to the will of God.”
Now I will
present what I believe is the Biblical position on the topic. God
extends every opportunity to those outside of Christ to repent of
their sins. Every moment of every day is another chance. All the
way until their death, when it is too late. First we have to
understand that people who are in their sins, and are not elect.
They don’t care about God one way or another, or they are outright
hateful of Him. People who are in works righteousness religions are
gods unto themselves. They trust in their own righteousness as
earned in their particular system. The notion of being a wretched
worm of a sinner so bad that he could never merit favor with God is
reprehensible to them, because they don’t think they are bad
people. They might see themselves in relation to other people as
flawed perhaps, or an occasional sinner, but they don’t see how
they look in God’s judgment. Someone who dies a lost sinner also
has the testimony of the natural revelation against them. If their
conscious telling them they are sinners, isn’t enough, and the
testimony of creation isn’t enough, and the prophets, and the Bible
aren’t enough to convince someone neither will the incarnation of
God. People who lived during the time of Christ, who met Him, and
listened to His teachings wanted Him dead. Those who are not among
the elect will hate God even more in Hell, they will only be sorry
for their state, but not for their crimes against God because they
have never been born again. Their sinful nature is no longer
restrained by the Holy Spirit from being as evil as it could be.
Common grace is over at that point.
The thieves being
crucified with Christ are a good example of this. One believed, and
was promised by Christ to be with Him that day in paradise. The
other had no promise, and did not repent, and mocked Christ as they
God has ordained
only one way for people to be justified to Him, and that is the good
news of Jesus. A person goes to hell, not solely because they had
never heard of Jesus, or His good news, but rather because they are
sinners. All people born after Adam, are said to be in Adam. They
are all born under the curse, and have a sin nature. We don’t
become sinners by sinning, we sin because it is our nature. We all
deserve death and hell. The good news is that God being rich in
mercy saves some. Most will be in hell. Matthew 7:13-14 (NASB
Strong’s) “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and
the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who
enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that
leads to life, and there are few who find it. Romans 5:12-14 (NASB
Strong’s) Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the
world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because
all sinned— for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is
not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from
Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness
of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
15:20-22 (NASB Strong’s) But now Christ has been raised from the
dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man
came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as
in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
down the scripture that people erroneously use to support the notion
that God will give the dead an opportunity to repent. To do that we
must read it in context, so I will be citing the entire chapters.
1 Peter Chapter 3, & 4:1-11
New American Standard Bible
the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so
that even if any of them are disobedient to the
word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their
they observe your chaste and respectful behavior.3Your
adornment must not be merely external—braiding
the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on
dresses; 4but let
it be the hidden person of the heart, with the
imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is
precious in the sight of God. 5For
in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in
God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own
as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become
her children if you do what is right without being frightened by
husbands in the same way, live with your wives in
an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a
woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life,
so that your prayers will not be hindered.
sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly,
kindhearted, and humble in spirit; 9not
returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a
blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that
you might inherit a blessing.
ONE WHO DESIRES LIFE, TO LOVE AND SEE GOOD
KEEP HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT.
MUST TURN AWAY FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD;
MUST SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT.
THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE TOWARD THE
EARS ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER,
THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL.”
is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? 14But
even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are
blessed. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT
BE TROUBLED, 15but
sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready
to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for
the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 16and
keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are
slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be
put to shame. 17For
it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing
what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. 18For
Christ also died for sins once for all, the just
for the unjust, so that He might bring us to
God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the
which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in
once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in
the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a
few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely
through the water.21Corresponding
to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the
flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the
resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who
is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after
angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.
since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with
the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has
ceased from sin, 2so
as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the
lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3For
the time already past is sufficient foryou to
have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a
course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking
parties and abominable idolatries. 4In all this,
they are surprised that you do not run with them into
the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you;5but
they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living
and the dead. 6For
the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who
are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they
may live in the spirit according to thewill
end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and
sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 8Above
all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love
covers a multitude of sins. 9Be
hospitable to one another without complaint. 10As
each one has received a special gift, employ it
in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of
speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the
utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as
one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in
all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom
belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
The first 12 verses are obviously about Christian praxia in holy
living. Then in next few verses Peter is exhorting the Christians to
persevere in holiness, in Christ, during slander and suffering for
righteousness sake, and to be prepared to practice apologetics. That
entails knowing God through His word, and what you believe, so that
you can relay it to others. In v. 18 when Peter says that Christ died
once and for all, he wasn’t saying that He died to expiate the sins
of all people, he was saying that He accomplished the penal
substitutionary atonement, and there is no more to do. This is in
stark contrast to the sacrificial system of the Jews in the Old
Testament. By His violent death on the cross, the flesh was put to
death. He was dead for three days. Christ’s spirit (deity) was
alive, not the Holy Spirit, but by His own inner life as God.
In v. 19 Christ
in His spirit proclaimed to the demonic forces that were imprisoned
in chains since the time of Noah His victory over them. These fallen
were the ones that were most rebellious and evil, and needed to be
restrained for the sake of mankind, and God’s plan of redemption.
Lesser demons still remained on the Earth. The word prison in Greek
is, “φυλακή” (phulake) which is more at prison, or under
guard, but in no way is it, “ᾍδης” (Hades) the realm of the
dead or the grave.
In v. 20 you see
the direct statement that these were the rebellious demons that
caused so much evil during the time of Noah. The demons were so evil
convincing mankind to engage in all manners of sin, that none of them
would listen to the preaching of Noah, and repent. God only saved
Noah, and his family by bringing them through the flood in the ark.
In v. 21 some
people may get confused and think that baptism justifies you to God,
but it does not. All you need to do to know that it is actually by
the work of Christ is to read the entire verse. The baptism is a
symbolic appeal to the God by the atoning work of Christ and His
In v. 22 Peter is
demonstrating Christ’s triumph over the demonic by pointing our His
ascension, and how everything has been placed under His authority.
This section of
scripture doesn’t end with Chapter 3. You can tell by the first
word of v. 1 of Chapter 4, “Therefor” and as always you must as
what is it, “there for?” As Christ suffered on the cross and was
victorious, we should be willing to suffer for our faith, and doing
what is right, with the knowledge that we will be with Christ for
eternity. There is an exhortation to not behave like they did before
they were saved.
Here is what
Pastor Dr. John MacArthur has to say about v. 6 in his notes, “ 1
Peter 4:6 (MacArthur Study Bible Notes (ESV)) 1 Pet. 4:6 to those who
are dead. The preaching of the gospel not only offers a rich life
(3:10), a ceasing from sin (4:1), and a good conscience (3:21), but
also an escape from final judgment. Peter had in mind believers who
had heard and accepted the gospel of Christ when they were still
alive, but who had died by the time Peter wrote this letter. Some of
them, perhaps, had been martyred for their faith. Though these were
dead physically, they were triumphantly alive in their spirits (cf.
Heb. 12:23). All their judgment had been fully accomplished while
they were alive in this world (“in the flesh”), so they will live
forever in God’s presence.”
Psalm 6:5 NASB
“For there is no mention of You in death; In Sheol who will give
in regards to Psalm 6:5,
“For in death
there is no one that is mindful of Thee. He knows too that now is the
time for turning unto God: for when this life shall have passed away,
there remaineth but a retribution of our deserts. “But in hell who
shall confess to Thee?” That rich man, of whom the Lord speaks, who
saw Lazarus in rest, but bewailed himself in torments, confessed in
hell, yea so as to wish even to have his brethren warned, that they
might keep themselves from sin, because of the punishment which is
not believed to be in hell. Although therefore to no purpose, yet he
confessed that those torments had deservedly lighted upon him; since
he even wished his brethren to be instructed, lest they should fall
into the same (Commentary on the Psalms 6:6).”
Here are some
links to good articles on the topic;
Psalms 103:1-2 (NASB Strong’s) Praise for the Lord’s Mercies. A Psalm of David. Bless the Lord, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul,And forget none of His benefits;
As David exhorts his soul to bless the Lord, we have to ask ourselves what it means to bless God. When we think of blessing a person often ideas of gifts or deeds to benefit them come to mind. What can one give to God, the Creator of all things, who knows all things perfectly? The error with that notion is that God is a man to be blessed as a man, but He is not as we all know. To bless the Lord means to speak well of Him. To extol His attributes. We can see in the following verses that is exactly what David does. He also exhorts the angels and all of creation to do so as well.
In verses 3-5 the psalmist asks five rhetorical questions to motivate the hearer (his soul) to recognize the Lord God. The answer to all five questions is obviously God.
Psalms 103:3-5 (NASB Strong’s) Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
God pardons his iniquities. God heals his diseases. God redeems his live from the pit. God crowns him with lovingkindness and compassion. God satisfies his years with good things so that his youth is renewed like the eagle.
In verses 6-19 we see the psalmist bless the Lord. He lists ways God is in His attributes, and how He is towards man, His creation in light of those attributes. You see when God blesses us, it is for our benefit. He doesn’t speak well of us to bless us. He involves us in relation to Him.
Psalms 103:6-19 (NASB Strong’s) The Lord performs righteous deeds And judgments for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel. The Lord is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, And its place acknowledges it no longer. But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, To those who keep His covenant And remember His precepts to do them. The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all.
The closing verses not only exhorts the angels to bless God, but also all of creation, and is a restatement for conclusion of the exhortation at the beginning.
Psalms 103:20-22 (NASB Strong’s) Bless the Lord, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word! Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You who serve Him, doing His will. Bless the Lord, all you works of His, In all places of His dominion; Bless the Lord, O my soul!
We should likewise bless the Lord from the depths of who we are in Him. Let us speak well of God in reverential awe of who He is, what He has done, and what He continues to do in space-time, and eternity.
I know this Bible has been out for quite some time, but Crossway was kind enough to send one out for review. This is one of their Bibles I have not reviewed yet, and perhaps you haven’t looked into it yet either. I have two other John MacArthur Study Bibles. One is from Thomas Nelson, and it is a N.A.S.B. The other is the 25th Anniversary Edition in N.K.J.V. The things that struck me between the three different editions are the qualities of the papers, the printing, the spine/binding, and the cover options. In all of the qualities, except one, the Crossway comes out on top, and not just by a little.
The genuine leather cover is more like a genuine calfskin leather, and not at all like the pigskin leather that came on the Thomas Nelson made N.A.S.B. The quality of the 25th Anniversary N.K.J.V. leather cover was slightly better than the Crossway edition’s. The 25th Anniversary edition’s cover was a bit thicker, perimeter stitched,and had an inner liner which moire silk. You would not expect a simple genuine leather edition to come anywhere near the quality of a premium Bible, but it does. The spine of the 25th anniversary edition has raised hubs, the other two do not. This is not a big deal. It is only decorative.
The paper on the Crossway far exceeds the quality of the other two. The other two are less white, and have almost a newsprint color to them. They are also made of toothier paper. The Crossway is smooth, and white, but not too bright. It is just bright enough to offer the proper contrast between the uniformly, and sharply printed font.
The spine of the N.A.S.B. from Thomas Nelson is not sewn, but glued. It is a case/perfect bound Bible. The Crossway, and the 25th Anniversary N.K.J.V. are both sewn. The Crossway is about the same thickness as the Thomas Nelson. Both are much thinner than the 25th Anniversary N.K.J.V. I’m not sure why it is so thick. I’m guessing it is due to the type of paper. They all have relatively the same amount of content. They could all use better ribbons. The Crossway has nicer maps, of course 🙂 If you are interested in it,hurry up and get it while it is on sale for Christmas!
The Crossway, English Standard Version, in genuine black leather comes in a two piece retail box. The box isn’t as sturdy as some other boxes, but I would still hold onto it to store your Bible in when not in use. The Bible itself is full of helpful features that will be of great value to you while you endeavor to learn more about the God who saves.
Here is a list of the Bible’s features from Christianbook.com’s product page;
Complete ESV Bible text
Nearly 25,000 explanatory notes from Dr. John MacArthur
Bible text in 8.7 point type, 7.6 point study notes
More than 140 two-color maps, charts, timelines, and illustrations
Complete introductions to each Bible book
Concise articles on How We Got the Bible, How to Study the Bible, and Introduction to the Bible
An extensive concordance
Bible reading plans
Index to Key Bible Doctrines
Outline of Systematic Theology
Presentation Page & Family Record Section
Timeline of Old Testament Kings and Prophets
Timeline of New Testament Chronology
Harmony of the Gospels
Durable smyth-sewn binding
Family record pages
Gold page edges
8-point text size
9.75″ x 7.00″ x 1.75″
Format: Genuine Leather Number of Pages: 2144 Vendor: Crossway Publication Date: 2010 Dimensions: 9.50 X 7.00 X 1.75 (inches) ISBN: 143352144X ISBN-13: 9781433521447 References: Center Column|Cross References
Text Layout: Double Column Text Color: Black Letter Text Size: 8 Point Note Size: 7 Point Thumb Index: No Ribbon Marker: Yes Spine: Sewn Page Gilding: Gold
You might have noticed there is a discrepancy between the two lists, one says the font is 8.7 pt. for the main text, and 7.6 pt. for the notes, the other list says it is 8, and 7 pt. When I contacted Crossway they confirmed that the font is 8.5 pt. for the main text, and 7.5 pt. for the notes. They also provided me with the font type, which is ITC Stone Serif.
For people who are curious, this Bible is printed, and bound in China. I know, I know, Chinese made stuff is junk… Well Crossway has ensured that the quality is top notch. I’m not sure how they do it, but I would like to find out. Hopefully one day, I’ll get the chance.
The cover has a nice grain to it, and a perimeter groove on the outside. The inside liner looks like your typical vinyl. There is a nice gold perimeter ornamentation hot-stamped on the inside of the cover as well. The page edges are gold guilt, and there are head and tail bands too.
My biggest gripe about cheap Bibles is that they use glued spines, and all the pages fall out. They are also notoriously difficult to keep open, or get to lay flat. You won’t have that problem with a good sewn spine. The Crossway MacArthur Study Bible has a nice sewn spine as you can tell from the following pictures. It also has one ribbon marker.
One of the things I like about this Bible is the use of the color blue for the chapter numbers and features.
This is a black letter edition, with double column, paragraph layout. The cross references are in the center column, and the notes are on the bottom. With the quality of paper, and printing this Bible is not hard on the eyes.
After looking over this Bible, and comparing it to other editions, I can give it a thumbs up. It is a great value, especially when it is on sale. You can get your copy from Christianbook, or Amazon. Make sure to check out all of the pictures of this Bible on the Flickr page.
This section is about how the materials of the tabernacle were typological representations of Christ.
Historically, we may admire the fruit of God’s grace working in the hearts of His redeemed so that they willingly offered the required materials. Their offering was so spontaneous and full (see 35:21-29) that we are told, “And they spake unto Moses, saying, the people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the Lord commanded to make. And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary, so the people were restrained from bringing. For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much” (36:5-7). But behind the historical we are to look for the spiritual, and behold here a lovely type of the voluntariness and joy of the Lord Jesus, who freely and gladly became flesh, thus providing God with a perfect Sanctuary as He tabernacled among men! “And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver and brass; and blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen; and goats, and rams’ skins dyed red, and badgers skins; and shittim wood; oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense; onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate” (v. 3-7). Each of these articles tells forth one of the manifold perfections of Christ. The gold, His Divine glory. The silver, the redemption which He wrought and bought for us. The brass, His capacity to endure the wrath of God against our sins. The blue, His heavenly origin. The purple, His royal majesty. The scarlet, His earthly glory in a coming day. The fine linen, His holiness made manifest by His righteous walk and ways. The goats’ hair, His atonement. The rams’ skins, His devotedness to God. The porpoise skins, His ability to protect His people. The shittim wood, His incorruptible humanity. The oil for the light, His Divine wisdom. The spices, His fragrance unto God. The precious stones, His priestly perfections. We do not now offer proofs for these definitions nor enlarge upon their blessedness, as, God willing, each one will come before us for fuller consideration in the articles to follow. With the above verses should be compared Exodus 38:24-31, where the Holy Spirit has given us the respective weights of the gold, silver and brass. Careful students have estimated there would be fully a ton and a quarter of gold, which at modern value would be worth upwards of one hundred and seventy-five thousand pounds, or eight hundred and sixty thousand dollars, but allowing for present day purchasing values, worth much more. Of silver there would be fully four tons and a quarter, and worth forty thousand pounds or two hundred thousand dollars. Of brass (more likely, copper) there was also over four tons. In addition, there were the textile fabrics, blue, purple, scarlet and fine twined linen, besides goats’ hair, rams’ and badgers’ skins, and large quantities of shittim wood, the amounts of which are not recorded. Last, but not least, were the precious stones for the breastplate of the high priest. All of this indicates the great costliness of the Tabernacle. At modern values its materials would be worth at least a million pounds or five million dollars. How this, in type, told of God’s estimate of Christ; how it shows us the Father saying, This is My Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased!
We’ve all seen preachers who take part of verse out of context, and combine it with other fragments to twist the Bible into saying something it doesn’t just to prove a point. We’ve seen them commit pastoral malpractice by abusing the word of God. Here is an example. The Bible says of Judas, “…went away and hanged himself…”
We also know it says, “…“Go and do likewise.”…” Judas hung himself, no go and do likewise… Do you see how easy it is to teach people damnable heresy, and make it look Biblical?
We call this proof texting. It is like eisegesis on steroids. Now granted, most preachers don’t attempt to teach things so blatantly harmful, but in their appeals to itching ears they have done more damage than any temporal erroneous teaching could do. They haven’t preached the word, and they haven’t taught you the way of life. They are leading their followers straight to Hell. Conscious eternal torment… Think about that for a moment. They aren’t preaching eternal living, they are teaching eternal dying!
All we need to know to properly interpret scripture as Christians are the 3 keys, context, Context, CONTEXT! Let’s look at the 2 verses I cited/twisted and see what they look like with just a bit more context.
(Matthew 27:1-10 NASB)
“ 1Now when morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus to put Him to death; 2and they bound Him, and led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate the governor.
3Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to that yourself!” 5And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself. 6The chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the temple treasury, since it is the price of blood.” 7And they conferred together and with the money bought the Potter’s Field as a burial place for strangers. 8For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 9Then that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “AND THEY TOOK THE THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER, THE PRICE OF THE ONE WHOSE PRICE HAD BEEN SET by the sons of Israel; 10AND THEY GAVE THEM FOR THE POTTER’S FIELD, AS THE LORD DIRECTED ME.””
(Luke 10:25-37 NASB)
“ 25And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?” 27And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” 28And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE.” 29But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. 31“And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32“Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33“But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, 34and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35“On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ 36“Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” 37And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.””
I think it is obvious to all, that proof texting occurs. As Christians, if we don’t know our Bibles, and Lord well enough, how can we defend ourselves against these false teachers? Read the word of God. Know God. Then you can tell if someone is preaching a false one.