Wednesday, December 4, 2019

When God Doesn't Heal

When God is Silent Part 2


A look at how Jesus and the disciples heal and a discussion on whether supernatural healing still exists today.


Outline:
  • Introduction
  • Death Was Promised
  • Jesus Healed by Forgiving Sins
  • Sickness For God’s Glory
  • Authority Given to the Disciples
  • Conclusion
Scripture:
  • Romans 6:23
  • Luke 7:46-50
  • Luke 5:19-25
  • Mark 6:4-6 (NASB)
  • John 9: 1- 3
  • John 20:22-23
  • Mark 6:7;13
  • Acts 3:3-6

Introduction

Could Jesus forgive sins before He was resurrected?
  • Could the disciples forgive sins?

Did the Disciples / Apostles pray for people to heal them?

Review

God’s Responses to Prayer
  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Wait
  4. Direction / Guidance / Clarity
  5. Silence

When God is Silent
  1. When Biblical Promises Don’t Come True
  2. When God Doesn’t Heal

Does God Still Heal?

I wish sometimes that we had the power that the apostles had
  • Peter’s shadow healed people (Acts 5:15)
  • Paul’s handkerchief healed people (Acts 19:12)
Does supernatural healing still exist today?

Stories: supernatural healing (on video)
  • mom died 9 times and came back to life
  • mom lived because son kicked her in the stomach
  • breast cancer healed

Death Was Promised

The Penalty of Sin

What is the penalty for sin?

Romans 6:23
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Death is a promise
  • This was promised after Adam’s sin
  • Death is not the penalty of a specific “big sin” but the consequence of being a sinner 
  • If we have ever sinned we are destined to die at some point. 
  • We do not get to determine when that time is
Aging, sickness and disease are the process which God has put into place to accomplish this promise.

Death is God keeping His promise

Jesus Healed by Forgiving Sins

Could Jesus forgive sins before His death and resurrection?

Luke 7:46-50
46 "You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume.
47 "For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little."
48 Then He said to her, "Your sins have been forgiven."
49 Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves, "Who is this man who even forgives sins?"
50 And He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved [sozo] you; go in peace."
Yes, Jesus forgave sins prior to His death and resurrection

Healing Was a Sign that Sins Were Forgiven

Is there a link between forgiving of sin and healing?

Luke 5:19-25
19But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus. 20Seeing their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.” 21The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” 22But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? 23“Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins have been forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24“But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,”—He said to the paralytic—“I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home.” 25 Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God.
  • His sins were forgiven because Jesus saw their faith
  • Notice that the faith of the man’s friends is mentioned  as well
What did they have faith in?
  • That Jesus was the Messiah
Why did Jesus heal the man?

24 “ so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins...get up”
  • So they would know that Jesus could forgive sins
  • So they would know that Jesus was the Son of Man – the Messiah

What happened
  • The healing was a sign
  • The healing proved that Jesus had the authority on earth to forgive sins
  • The healing wasn’t just because the man had been good
  • The healing wasn’t just about the man’s faith
The main reason that Jesus healed was to prove that He had authority to forgive sins

This meant that He had authority over Satan

The main reason that Jesus healed was to prove He was the Messiah

God Got the Glory

The man “went home glorifying God”
Notice that the result of the miracle was that the man gave glory to God
God receiving glory is a big reason for the signs
It wasn’t about the healed person
The miracles were to bring God glory not to fulfill the desires of the faithful
  • Not to ease suffering
  • Not to prevent mourning 

The faith of the man was not the reason why Jesus healed him
  • It was actually the reason why Jesus could heal him

Without Faith Jesus Couldn’t Heal

If a person had faith that Jesus was the Messiah He could forgive their sins which would heal their disease

Jesus Couldn’t Heal in His Hometown

He couldn’t heal when He went to Nazareth

Mark 6:4-6 (NASB)
4Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.” 5And He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6And He wondered at their unbelief.
      And He was going around the villages teaching.
The people from Jesus’ hometown knew Him before He was walking in His gifting so they were not able to accept the “new” Jesus

Summary

  • Jesus healed people by forgiving their sins
  • The ability to forgive sins proved that He was the Messiah
  • Jesus only forgave the sins of those who had faith that He was the Messiah
Note: there are weather conditions under which Jesus can heal…

Sickness For God’s Glory

John 9: 1- 3
As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
  • The disciples assumed that the man’s blindness was caused by sin
  • The blind man didn’t ask to be healed
  • We don’t know if He had even heard about Jesus
Two types of sickness / disease / ailment
  1. That which is caused by sin
  2. That which will give God glory

Disease Caused by Sin

  • Healing involves forgiveness of sins
  • Healing is achieved by someone’s faith

Disease Caused For God’s Glory

  • Not necessarily caused because of sin
  • Healing doesn’t require faith of the believer
  • Healing does not require the forgiveness of sin
Example: Job

You May be sick not because you’re out of God’s will, but because you’re in it 

Authority Given to the Disciples

The Disciples healed...does that mean that they could forgive sins?

The Disciples Could Forgive Sins

This occurs after the resurrection

John 20:22-23
22And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23“If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.”
  • Does this mean the disciples could forgive sins?
  • Is this a promise to us too?
This is when they first received the Holy Spirit
  • Not at Pentecost
  • This is where they were indwelt by the Holy Spirit
The forgiving of sin was linked to believing that Jesus was the Messiah

Authority Over Demons

I always thought the disciples healing and casting out demons was a result of the impartation of the holy spirit
  • That doesn’t seem to be the case
  • They could do that before the impartation
Mark 6:7;13
7And He summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits;
...
13And they were casting out many demons and were anointing with oil many sick people and healing them.
  • They cast out demons with the authority given by Jesus
  • They cast out demons “in the name of Jesus”

Not a Spiritual Gift

  • This is before the Holy Spirit had come
  • The oil represents the Holy Spirit

In The Name of Jesus

They cast out demons and healed “in the name of Jesus”

Acts 3:3-6
3When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. 4But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, “Look at us!” 5And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!”
Did they pray for healing?
  • No they commanded it in the name of Jesus
  • The apostles never prayed for healing
  • They either cast out the demons in the name of Jesus

Performing Signs and Wonders

The healing and casting out demons done by the disciples was
  • Done in the authority of Jesus
  • Was not done through prayer
  • Was done as signs
The apostles healed as a sign that Jesus was the Messiah
  • Not because they would miss the person if they died
  • Not just to heal the sick person
  • It was to glorify God

Summary

When the disciples healed
  • They commanded healing and deliverance in the name of Jesus
  • The signs and miracles were intended to prove that Jesus was the Messiah
  • They didn’t heal because of the relationship they had with the sick person

Note:  This is not to say that we shouldn’t pray for healing for ourselves and our loved ones
  • It is just pointing out that our motives and circumstances may be different than the apostle’s


Conclusion

We are susceptible to sickness and disease because of Adam’s fall
When Jesus or the apostles healed
  • The result was that God got the glory
  • Their signs and miracles were intended to prove that Jesus was the Messiah
  • It wasn’t about them or the healed person
If your goal is for God to get the glory the question is how can God get the most glory

My Daddy’s Funeral

  • Brother worked at Paramount
  • Many of his Hollywood coworkers came to the church to support him
  • Some were atheist and hadn’t been to church
  • Others said it was the best Church service that they have ever seen  
  • It was a celebration of life.

My Mother’s Funeral

  • church split
  • Family split
Helping Someone Else

God may get the most glory because now that you have gone through a loss you can relate to and help someone else through it

It’s hard, but we want to pray that whatever will give God the most glory be done

Ask God to be with you as you go through it 

Instructor: Michael Leadon



References

Your Sins Are Forgiven

When God Doesn’t Heal

Extra

Death Was Promised

The Bible says that God warned Adam about eating the forbidden fruit: 

Genesis 2:17
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.

Genesis 3:3
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.
Did they actually die when they ate the forbidden fruit? The Bible says that they did not physically die the moment they ate the fruit but lived on many years afterward. Is this a contradiction? The answer is, No. There are several ways in which to understand the sense in which Adam and Eve died.

As Surely As You Eat of It

Idiomatic Expression
The phrase “the day you eat of it” is simply a Hebrew idiom meaning as surely as you eat of it. Other biblical examples are provided to show what the phrase means in other contexts. 

1 Kings 2:37
For it shall be, on the day you go out and cross the Brook Kidron, know for certain you shall surely die; your blood shall be on your head.

As Certain As

In both of these passages, the expression in the day means simply as certain as. If we apply this to Genesis 2:17 we do not need to explain that Adam and Eve experienced death that very same day they ate the forbidden fruit, but rather their death sentence was something for certain.

Jesus Healed By Forgiving Sins

Angel of the Lord

Exodus 23: 20-21
20“Behold, I am going to send an angel before you to guard you along the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. 21“Be on your guard before him and obey his voice; do not be rebellious toward him, for he will not pardon your transgression, since My name is in him.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

When Bible Promises Don't Come True

When God is Silent Part 1


What do you do when you are believing God to fulfil a scriptural promise and He doesn't fulfill it?  Was it because of my sin or my lack of faith?   Let's talk about it...


Scripture
  • 2 Chronicles 7:14
  • Joshua 23:15                            
  • Isaiah 24:5-6
  • John 14:11-15
  • John 16:23-24
  • 2 Corinthians 11:24-28
  • John 16:2-3
  • Proverbs 22:6-7
  • Exodus 33:21-23
  • 2 Chronicles 7:13-14
  • Hebrews 12:6
  • Luke 11:9-13
  • Gen 39:4
  • Gen 39: 20
Outline
  • Introduction
  • Promises to Israel
  • Promises to the Disciples
  • Common Mistakes in Interpreting Scripture
  • It Doesn't Hurt to Ask
  • The Danger of Blaming God
  • God Will Be With You

Introduction

Which prayers are always answered?
  1. Idolatry has been removed from your life
  2. Pray for What God Has Already Decreed
  3. Don’t pray selfishly
  4. Pray in accordance to God’ will
  5. The motive is God’s glory
  6. The motive is to turn people to God
  7. God commanded you to do it
In the last lesson we talked about praying God’s word back to Him
What happens when you pray His word back to Him and it doesn’t work?
  • Was it because of something you did that prevented it from happening?
  • Was it something God didn't do?  
  • Did the verse mean something different?
  • Was the promise not for you?

When bible promises don’t come true

Let’s talk about when bible promises don’t come true

Promises to Israel

The Church Wide Fast Scripture

2 Chronicles 7:14
and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
We often hear this scripture in reference to the church fasting and/or praying together.
  • Or the country praying together

Does it apply to us?
  • It was originally for Israel

Do the Promises Apply to Us?

God made promises to:
  • Noah
  • Abraham
  • Israel
  • The Disciples
  • The ancient church
Can we apply all of them to ourselves?
  • Individually
Which ones can we apply to ourselves?

What About Threats

  • We don’t just assume the negative scriptures apply to us today
We don’t assume that God will stop the rain because of idolatry.

Joshua 23:15                                                
"It shall come about that just as all the good words which the LORD your God spoke to you have come upon you, so the LORD will bring upon you all the threats, until He has destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God has given you.
Is anyone standing on that promise?

Threats

Isaiah 24:5-6
5 The people have ruined the land. They did what God said was wrong. They did not obey God’s laws. They made an agreement with God a long time ago, but they broke their agreement with God. 6 The people living in this land are guilty of doing wrong, so God promised to destroy the land. The people will be punished, and only a few of them will survive
  • Does this scripture apply to us?
  • Is this a threat from God to us?
  • What’s the difference between this and the promise?

Promise to the Disciples

Greater Works Than These

John 14:11-15
11 "Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.
12 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.
13 "Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 "If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
15 "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

Greater Works

  • Did the disciples do greater works?
  • They raised people from the dead
  • They had the signs and miracles of Jesus

Ask Anything in My Name

John 16:23-24
23“In that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. 24“Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.
  • Which day is Jesus talking about?
  • After His resurrection
Until now they had asked for nothing in His name
What does “in His name” mean?
  • By the authority of Jesus
  • E.g “stop in the name of the law”

How Did That Work Out For the Disciples?

We think: “God always delivered them in the Bible days”
  • We think God always showed up for them in a supernatural way
Did the disciples get delivered from all of their worries?
  • Were  all of their prayers answered?
  • Were they always deliver from their problems?
In the New Testament they were actually almost never delivered
Well right before this Jesus made all of those great promises He also said…

Paul Had Problems

Compare your issues to Paul’s ...

2 Corinthians 11:24-28
24Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. 25Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. 26I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; 27I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches.
  • Do we think Paul forgot to ask that this not happen?


How The Disciples Died

  • Bartholomew was skinned alive and beheaded 
  • James the Less was stoned and clubbed to death. 
  • Andrew was crucified, tied upside down in an x-shaped cross from where he preached for two days before he finally died. 
  • Peter was crucified, at his request, upside down.
  • Thomas was impaled by a spear. 
  • James the Great was beheaded. 
  • Phillip was thrown into prison, scourged and finally crucified.
  • Matthew (conflicting accounts)
  1. he died a natural death or
  2. he angered a local king who ordered him nailed to a bed, covered his whole body with paper, brimstones, oil, asphalt and brushwood and set him on fire.
  • Jude Thaddeus (conflicting accounts)
  1. he was crucified in Edessa, Turkey,
  2. clubbed to death
  • Simon the Zealot was crucified
  • John, the beloved apostle, was thrown in boiling oil but survived, to live to a ripe old age
If the disciples didn’t get everything they wanted can we expect to get whatever we want?

People Will Try to Kill You

Wouldn’t it be great if all Jesus’ promises to the disciples all applied to us?
Jesus said this in between those two promises...

John 16:2-3
2“They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. 3“These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me.
  • Jesus told them “they’re going to kill you”
This was just for the disciples not us
Same context that promises answers to your prayers
  • “If they persecuted me you will be persecuted also”
Does the promise apply to us but not the threat?

Common Mistakes in Interpreting Scripture

Confusing a promise with a principle

Promises are always fulfilled. 
  • Principles state general truths
Example: the early bird catches the worm

The book of Proverbs is often mistaken for a book of promises, when in fact it is a book of principles.

Proverbs 22:6-7
6Train up a child in the way he should go,
            Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
      7The rich rules over the poor,
            And the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.
This is wise advice to follow not a promise from God

The principle of “train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6) is generally true and wise to heed. But it is not a guarantee that every child raised with godly instruction will remain a believer in Jesus.

Ignoring the context

We often apply a promise to ourselves before considering its original audience or its:
  • historical
  • cultural
  • textual
context. 

In some cases, a promise was made to a specific person for a specific reason and has no further application beyond its immediate context. In other cases, the application can only be properly made after the promise is understood in its original context.
Does this apply to us? ...

Exodus 33:21-23
21Then the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock; 22and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. 23“Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen.”
  • Does this apply to us?
  • Is God promising if we stand in a rock He’ll show Himself to us?
  • But the bible said it …
This is a recording of God’s conversation with Moses.  It doesn’t apply to us.
You have to look at the context...

Overlooking the Conditions - “if”

Promises that contain an “If” require some form of obedience before we can expect them to come to pass in our lives. They are conditional. If we want to claim them, we had better be ready to act in obedience to what they require.
Often “if” promises of blessing are accompanied by corresponding “if” warnings about disobedience.
2 Chronicles 7:13-14
13 "If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people,
14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
  • This is specifically applying the the “if’s” in the previous verse
  • God lists 3 scenarios where this is applicable
  • We can likely safely expand it to any situation where God is punishing for sins
  • But not just for anything we want to stop happening
God is saying that if he is in the process of punishing the Israelites for sins that they have committed and they repent and humble themselves and cry out to him he will stop the punishment and revert the consequences.
We saw this promise fulfilled by Elijah
  • After Elijah killed the prophets of Baal, the Israelites turned back to worshipping God
  • After that, Elijah prayed to God and the rain came back
This is not to say that God won’t answer prayers from the church.  
  • But that’s not what that verse is saying.  
  • It is specifically referring to God ending the punishment for sin.

Choosing a promise selectively

We tend to celebrate God’s promises of blessing and sideline his promises of chastisement, though both point to a faithful God.
We tend to favor those promises that appeal to our own best-case scenario.
We feel like we can just randomly take any verse out of the bible and apply it to our situation.

Hebrews 12:6
6FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES,
            AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.”

Limiting a promise to your own understanding

Even when we rightly recognize a promise as intended for us, we often impose our own understanding of exactly how it will be fulfilled. Or we are tempted to impose our own timeline on its fulfillment.

Intellectual Arrogance

To assume that you have a total understanding of the bible and that you understand all the ways that God works
The danger of intellect is that it tends towards pride and arrogance.
  • It also falls in love with its own productions  
  • And then assumes that there is nothing outside of what it thinks

Using a promise selfishly

God’s promises to us should help us submit to his will, not bend Him to ours.

Creative Application

If we come up with an application that would have been foreign to the original audience, there is a very strong possibility that we did not interpret the passage correctly.

It Doesn’t Hurt To Ask

Luke 11:9-13
 9“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10“For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. 11“Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12“Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”
Whether you are 100% sure that the scripture applies to you or not… It doesn’t hurt to ask

The Danger of Blaming God

The damage only happens when you respond incorrectly to not getting the results you want
People become bitter and angry when they feel God let them down.
The worst thing I can do is lie to myself
  • “God always lets me down”
  • Negative self talk
What are you telling yourself?
If I say God promised to always heal and he doesn’t do it
  • He’s a lier to you
  • Because you believe it’s true to you
God let my loved one die
  • God let me down so I’ll no longer go to church
You tell yourself God ...
  • Doesn’t care about me
  • Isn’t trustworthy
Be ever so careful what we say to ourselves or we may be blaming God and getting emotional about things He never taught

God Will Be With You

Are you seeking God’s hand or His face?

“I don’t pray that you take them out of the world, I pray that you protect them in the world”

God doesn’t always deliver us from problems
  • Sometimes He holds our hands through them
God doesn’t say He’ll take us away from all of our troubles
  • He says he’ll never leave you or forsake you
  • God means He’ll be with you as you go through it
Gen 39:4
4 So Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge
  • Joseph found God’s favor, but Joseph was a slave
  • The favor did not free him the favor gave him a good slave position
  • Who would you consider  favored?
  • Joseph or his master?
Maybe you’re measuring success wrongly

Gen 39: 20
20So Joseph’s master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined; and he was there in the jail. 21But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.
  • Joseph was in jail
  • But Joseph was favored
  • God was with Joseph but he was in jail
Being favored does not always involve being freed from your troubles
  • Or solving your problems

Jail

Joseph was favored while in jail
Is your current situation worse than being in jail?
Prison toilets are used to:
  • Wash clothes
  • Communicate (like a walkie talkie to another cell)
  • Cook - in a bag
  • Hide contraband
  • Workout
  • Make prison wine
  • Flush contraband
  • Cooler
Would you rather be in jail with God or free and wealthy without God?
Are you seeking His hand or His face?

Presenter: Michael Leadon




References

Is God Ignoring Me? Making Sense of God's Silence - Dr. Gary Habermas
Which Promises Are For Me?
The Many Uses Of Toilets In Prison…

Extra

Promise to the Disciples

John 15:7-10
7“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8“My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. 9“Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
Can I make the earth stop spinning?
Which commands are Jesus’?
John 15:17
17“This I command you, that you love one another.

Common Mistakes in Interpreting Scripture

Jeremiah 29:10-12
10“For thus says the LORD, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place. 11‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 12‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you
Yes, God does have a plan to prosper you and not to harm you (Jer. 29:11), but as in the case of the people to whom those words were originally written, that “you” is more likely a collective reference to the body of believers, and that plan may play out across centuries in ways we can’t possibly predict. 

Proper biblical interpretation is built on the following principles:
1. Context. To understand fully, start small and extend outward: verse, passage, chapter, book, author and testament/covenant.
2. Try to come to grips with how the original audience would have understood the text.
3. Consider the width of the chasm between us and the original audience.
4. It’s a safe bet that any moral command from the Old Testament that is repeated in the New Testament is an example of a "timeless truth."
5. Remember that each passage has one and only one correct interpretation, but can have many applications (some better than others).
6. Always be humble and don’t forget the role of the Holy Spirit in interpretation. He has promised to lead us into all truth (John 16:13).