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texasbibleR.C. and I have spent the last two weekends in Texas. We had the opportunity to fellowship with Saints near Houston and Dallas, and we left both weekends so encouraged and blessed.

Once again being in the great state of Texas, (we lived there from 2001-2007 and my parents live there now) I was reminded of a biblical tool I ran across a while ago that has helped to clarify what the writers of the New Testament were really saying. You see, here in the western hemisphere we are unbelievably individualistic. However, the writers of scripture were unbelievably communalistic. (Yes, I just made up another word.) They didn’t see the world OR the Eternal Purpose of God through the filter of individualism. They saw the world and the Eternal Purpose through the lens of community. This actually makes perfect sense when we stop to consider that God Himself is community, three in one. He is a corporate God and therefore, must have a corporate expression.

Adding to our individualistic problem is the fact that in the English language we use the same word for ‘you’ singular as we do for ‘you’ plural. This, unfortunately, easily leads to us reading scripture incorrectly. We read our individualistic mindset (a ‘you’ singular) into scripture when the authors are speaking to a community (a ‘you’ plural).

Luckily, we don’t have to have access to the original Hebrew and Greek to know the difference now. The Texas Bible plugin can be downloaded to your computer for free and will change all the ‘you’ plurals on websites like biblegateway.com, youversion.com, and biblehub.com into y’alls. How convenient is that?

AND…if you are from an area other than the south, you can change the settings to suit your preference; like yous guys and yinz.

This is the article that introduced me to the Texas Bible plugin, and once again, this is the website to download the plugin.

You will need Google Chrome to run the plugin, as it isn’t made for any other browsers. This is my only complaint because I use Firefox. However, the importance of understanding what the authors of scripture are actually saying is priceless so I think this tool is very valuable.

Also, if you are interested in understanding more about the corporate nature of God, I recommend “The Community Life of God” by Milt Rodriguez.

Y’all go on, now, and read the Bible like a Texan. 😉

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  1. Reply
    mark
    December 17, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Thanks for posting this. I installed this a couple of years ago on my computer but then couldn’t find the link again! It’s a great reminder that those letters were written to groups, read together as groups, and processed together as groups.
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    Amanda Iosa
    December 17, 2014 at 6:20 am

    Too funny, and too good! I never knew there was such a thing! That makes a huge difference in how scripture is interpreted. That made me laugh and smile. Being from the Northeast, I’ve not quite adopted “y’all” into my vocabulary, even though I’ve been in “the South” for a long time. Maybe now I have a reason! Thanks, sister, and so glad to hear that y’all had refreshing visits in the past couple of weeks.
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    Armanda Martin
    December 17, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I also recommend The Community Life of God by Milt. It is my most favorite book of all time (yes, I have also read Tozer, Sparkes, Wachman Nee etc.). So simple yet so profound. Jesus prayed (& died) that we may be one with HIm and with the Father and with each other. There is no individualism in the Godhead and therefore there should be none His the body, even though each of us individually is a unique living stone or an essential functioning part of the living body. A great visual illustration of this is the Fractal – each part (transformed by ‘death’ = new life) and each function is necessary for the whole but the whole looks just like the part – y’all. The individual is sacrificed and transformed into the y’all which is His Body while at the same time not losing its individual beauty or identity/function. see http://fractalfoundation.org/resources/what-are-fractals/ or fractalfoundation.org/fractivities/WhatIsaFractal-1pager.pdf . Other interesting things about this illustration of the body and how it grows is 1. It has no ‘head’, 2. All growth starts with a ‘sacrifice’ or a transformation of the initial input (Christ), 3. There is no end (the kingdom of God has no end) 3. It is more than 2 dimensional – somewhere between 2 & 3 dimensions (the Spirit which is invisible) 4. There is NO reference to gender, race, etc. 5. They are beautiful – Christ is beautiful and the feet of all who bring the gospel 6. The part looks like the whole – Christ in you (y’all) the hope of glory. 7. The heavens (and ‘nature’ ) declare His glory. Every where are fractals, from the distant universe to the earth to inside the body to the deepest oceans. “A fractal is a picture that tells the story of the process that created it.” What do you think?? What an amazing God we are part of!

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      Bridget Babione
      December 18, 2014 at 5:48 am

      That’s beautiful, sister! We had some brothers share about fractals in a meeting once. We all have the fullness of God dwelling within, however we are each like the tiniest part of the fractal; unable to express our glorious Lord to His fullest. When we are built together with our brothers and sisters more and more of Christ is expressed. Amen!
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    kenneth dawson
    December 17, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    wow thank youins for a great post and happy Christ day!

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      Bridget Babione
      December 18, 2014 at 5:49 am

      Kenneth, you made me laugh out loud! Happy Christ Day to you!
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    Armanda Martin
    December 18, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks Bridget for letting me know that others have shared this wonderful example. Most importantly to be is that beautiful fractals continually remind me that death to our self life that results in transformation into the Body is the only way for God’s glory to be revealed in His body. (this is seen in the mathematical equations that produce fractals) Without becoming y’all in Christ through the death of self (me myself & I) there is no beautiful new Creation. Our life is sacrificed for the body and the body gives us His Life. Christ in y’all, the hope of glory! How beautiful and amazing are the fractal reminders of God’s purpose and creation and they are everywhere when we go look!

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    Armanda Martin
    December 18, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Correction: Post should read:” Most importantly to ME….”

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