Take a good look at the shirt I just bought at a thrift store in St. George, Utah. Nice shirt. I love the Scripture quote on the front.
But do you see any errors in the quote?
There are many.
First, it should say, “Run in such a way…” But it actually says, “Run is such a way…” Error #1.
Second, Galatians is spelled with three “a”s and no “o”s. The shirt says “Galations.” Oops. Error #2.
Third, the quote is not from Galatians at all. It is from 1 Corinthians. Error #3.
Fourth, quote is not from chapter 5, but chapter 9, of 1 Corinthians. Error #4.
But, hooray, the verse is verse 24.
Fifth, 1 Cor 9:24 does not actually end with “as to get the prize,” but “that you may obtain it.” However, that is the sense and so this is a minor error.
So the shirt should say,
“Run in such a way that you may obtain the prize”
1 Corinthians 9:24.
So why did I buy the shirt?
Because I love the quote. Most people won’t recognize that the second word is “is” instead on “in.” They will get the sentiment and it may lead to conversation about what this verse means.
Because the errors are illustrative. We must not be sloppy in the way we handle God’s Word. I’m having Shawn make up a PowerPoint slide of this shirt that I can use while preaching. God gave us truth and we need to strive to communicate it clearly.
When you teach your children about the Lord, make sure you quote and explain Scripture correctly. So, too, when you teach Sunday school or a home Bible study. For those of you who regularly preach God’s Word, get it right. Take care to rightly divide the Word of truth.
The Bible gives the clear message of everlasting life by faith alone in Christ alone. Yet most people miss it. You and I can share that message with those who will listen. It is a powerful message. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to die on the cross for our sins so that whoever simply believes in Him will not experience judgment concerning his eternally destiny but has everlasting life that can never be lost (John 3:14-16; 5:24; 6:47; and 11:26). Keep It Simple Saint (the Kiss Method).