When I read a Bible passage I am much more concerned on how it fits with the context of the entire Bible rather than the passage it is found in. Why? Because the Bible NEVER contradicts itself. Here are some examples.
In the Old Testament we are told it is wrong to kill. In the very same book we are told of exceptions. As a matter of fact God told the Jewish people to go to war and kill all those standing in the way of Gods gift to Israel, the land of Canaan.
When we read the epistle of 1st John we are jolted by verses that seemingly contradict. Examples:
¶ Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 1st John 3:4-9
One must read the first chapter of 1st John to understand.
¶ If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1st John 1:8
But it goes far beyond 1st John 1:8
Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Romans 4:7-8
As I have shown, context is everything. The context of the entire Bible is what tells the story and gives us the correct teach. The Bible is a wonderful book.
When trying to make a point it is good to quote verses from the Bible but is worthless if the verses used are not in context and agreement with the entire Bible. More later as I recall…….