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Know the Scriptures to Avoid Errors and Sins

Rev. Tse Amable | July 9, 2024 | John 13:18-30


“I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. BUT THIS IS TO FULFILL THE SCRIPTURE: ‘He who shares my bread has lifted up his heel against me.' John 13:18 (NIV)



One truth abundantly clear in the Bible is that knowledge and the application of the knowledge of scriptures can deliver us from sin. Jesus Christ knew the scriptures and he was victorious because of the knowledge of the scriptures – the Mosaic laws, prophecies, etc.


When Jesus Christ said in our key verse for today that the disciple who would betray him would be fulfilling scriptures, he had in mind Psalms 41:9 where the Psalmist, as a prophet wrote “EVEN MY CLOSE FRIEND, WHOM I TRUSTED, HE WHO SHARED MY BREAD, HAS LIFTED UP HIS HEEL AGAINST ME”. Perhaps, if Judas Iscariot had known this prophecy, he would not have yielded his life to Satan to fulfil it.


In one of his encounters with the Pharisees, Sadducees and scribes, Jesus Christ told them “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God” (Matthew 22:29). Knowledge of the scriptures gives you power over sin and Satan.


Study and know the scriptures because that knowledge will steer your path away from fulfilling prophecies which will lead you to your own downfall as happened to Judas Iscariot.



What is your appetite for the word of God? Remember, the truth that you know is the truth that makes and sets you free. Therefore, be a student of the Bible, not only for the knowledge but more so for the application.


Lord, give me a hunger and a thirst for your word. Make me to love your word more than I love anything this world can give me. Let your word be my meditation all day – morning, noon and night. In Jesus’ Name, Amen




DAILY word study: SCRIPTURES The term "Scripture" in the context of John 13:18 comes from the Greek word "γραφή" (graphē), which generally means a writing, but in the New Testament, it specifically refers to the holy writings or sacred texts of the Old Testament. This word is used to denote authoritative texts that are considered divinely inspired and hold significant weight in teaching and understanding God's will. In the verse, Jesus shows His intimate knowledge of Scripture and uses it to provide context and meaning to His disciples, explaining that even the painful betrayal He is about to endure is part of a divine plan that aligns with what has been prophesied. This reveals the consistency and reliability of Scripture, reinforcing the belief that everything written in the sacred texts has purpose and fulfilment in God's timing. Reflections: Knowing Scripture is crucial for understanding God's plans and avoiding spiritual errors. Judas's betrayal, though tragic, fulfils prophecy and underscores the necessity of being grounded in the Word to stay aligned with God's will. How can a deeper understanding of Scripture help you to avoid errors and sins, and ensure that your actions align with God's will?

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