It Was Lost in Translation
This post is part of a “chain blog” on the topic of “one another.” You’ll find more information about “chain blogs” at the bottom of this post along with links to other link posts in this chain blog.
A guy told me he was reading his wife’s Bible and found this verse, “And God opened Adam’s head and removed his brain and created woman.” But he said it was probably a spurious translation.
If you have reason to doubt the translation you are reading; trust God to take care of it. Easy to understand parts will explain disputed or unclear parts. For example, scripture says “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing each other, in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, in grace singing in your hearts to the Lord.” This passage is often used to explain the role of Pastors and Teachers in churches. This is a secondary application of this scripture. The primary application of this scripture is about Jesus. ( Jesus, speaking to Bible experts, said, “You search the scriptures looking for eternal life, but you don’t realize that they are telling about Me. I am Life.” See Primary and Secondary for details. )
This is an example of words which have different meanings in common use than they have in the scripture. Teaching or admonishing is usually thought of as being a one way exercise. As in teacher to student, or clergy to laity. Thank God, we are able to see the scriptural meaning by looking at other scripture which explains it. (For another example of how we use words differently than how they are used in scripture, see Alan Knox’s article “The ekklesia and the kuriakon”)
To sort this out, we turn to the scripture which says, “We, as many as we are, are one body in Christ.” So now we know that ‘one another’ means we have a reciprocal or mutual interaction with each other. (For a scholarly (I wanted to write ‘erudite’, but I think only doctoral candidates and above can use words like that) explanation of this, see Alan Knox’s articles on the subject.)
This scripture tells us that teaching and admonishing are two way exercises. I don’t know for sure, but it seems to me that ‘teaching and admonishing’ is one thing with two parts. It also seems to me that it takes place as a natural part of being in the same body.
Body members don’t self-initiate any action. They only communicate with the head. The head directs and coordinates all the activity of each of the members. When one member needs something, it tells the head. The head arranges for other members to take care of it. For instance, if the nose itches, it tells the head. The head tells the arm, hand and finger how to respond and scratch the itch.
We would never intentionally treat one of our own (human) body members unkindly, but with generous care and concern. In the same way, the members of Christ’s body will ‘teach and admonish’ one another in grace and wisdom. To put it another way, we are the body of Christ, so the life of Christ will manifest Christ’s love, grace, healing, etc., to every other member through us.
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“Links” in the “One Another” chain blog:
1.“Chain Blog: One Another” by Alan
2. “Linking One Another” by Swanny
3. “What Does It Mean to Love One Another? by Chuck
4. “The treasure of “One Another” by Jim
5. “This is how the world shall recognise you…” by Kathleen
6. “Accepting one another in love” by Chris
7. “One Another-ing: A meta-narrative for the church” – Part One and Part Two by Greg
8. “Individualism and ‘one another’” by Pieter
9. “All Alone with One Another” by Jeremy
10. “When it’s OK for Christians to compete” by Joshua
11. “Jesus Christ, the Corner Stone for One Another” by Peter
12. “Be Superficial with One Another” by Jon
13. “The Unmentionable One Anothers” by Alan
14. “Loving More Fully and Widely” by Chris
15. “The One Another Weapon” by Dan
16. “Corporate One-Anothering” (Part 1 and Part 2) by David
17. “The Last Revival” by Tobie
18. “Love: A one another comic” by Dan
19. “I Can Only Love You If…” by Rob
20. “It Was Lost in Translation” by Nelson
21. “Consider Others Better Than Yourself” by Chuck