I imagine that the Apostles’ letters were read in one setting like we read a letter.
I’m not a theologian. In Bible College, if one of us asked the meaning of a verse, the teacher always said. “Read the portion before and after, so we hear the verse in context. Never take scripture out of context while studying God’s Word.”
While reading the whole section, the meaning often became clear.
If that’s true, why do I only put one or two verses in posts? Shouldn’t I use the whole portion of scripture? My devotions started with a short African incident or story that reminded me of a scripture. So I wrote a meditation sharing a Biblical concept.
My posts are my thoughts or opinions, not Bible studies. Using a verse, which goes along with an idea is not taking the verse out of context. And memorizing a specific verse to quote in a time of need is not misusing scripture.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
“Cast all you cares on Him because He cares for you.”
But no matter what verses we quote, it’s wise to learn them accurately.
“God never gives us too much,” or “God helps those who help themselves,” are not Bible verses.
Let’s be diligent in studying God’s Word and use it wisely.
False doctrines and cults can get started by taking scripture out of context.
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15