How to be sure of Context? The Mystery of As it is Written
“Let Scripture interpret Scripture” – Clement of Alexandria
1 Timothy 4:10 is to be understood in the context of “God being the Savior of All men” (Noun) because “God Will have All Men to be saved” (Verb) as described in 1 Timothy 2:4.
“For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10, KJV)
“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4, KJV)
—> nothing more to add/remove <—-
—-> As it is written <—-
—> from “same” inspired author in the “same” letter <— (verses quoted outside this letter is possible but it’s best to find verses within the “same” letter which ‘speak of the same thing or topic’ first, if they exist, to ‘prove context’ absolutely).
*We may only supplement “explanations” which “edify” in the direction of “agreeing” to what is “written” & “not” in the direction of “contradicting” what is “written” in the ‘Original Bible Greek Text’.
That’s the “meaning” of “not twisting Scripture” & “not following any doctrine nor any tradition of men”.
**A wrongly translated verse or an inaccurate translation of a verse according to the “actual” words found in the ‘Original Text’ cannot be used in the argument at all.
***When Christ fought the Devil during His Temptation, He Quoted “as it is written” and not ‘as the analysis of the scholars says’ and neither ‘as the Rabbi’s taught’. Please ponder deeply in this regard to ‘understand’ why we take this approach toward Scripture first.
Secondary meanings may exist but they remain secondary & must not contradict the first meaning of Scripture when using the “same verse” as “it is written”.
“For IT has been WRITTEN:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
and the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
For since in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased through the foolishness of the proclamation to save those believing.” (1 Corinthians 1:19 – 21)
“Therefore behold, I will once again deal marvelously with this people, wondrously marvelous; And the WISDOM of THEIR wise men will PERISH, And the discernment of THEIR discerning men will be concealed.” (Isaiah 29:14)
“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For IT has been WRITTEN: “He is the One catching the wise in their craftiness.”.” (1 Corinthians 3:19)