Reflection. John 8.31-32: The difference between playing songs and play guitar. Part I. By Fabian Massa.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translate.


Treasures of Wisdom share with us, "John 8.31-32: The difference between playing songs and playing guitar Part I".

Dedicated to my wife.


Last year I wrote down the Canzion Institute of Belgrano, to learn guitar. My teacher was Ian, and at the first interview asked:

-You want to learn to play the guitar or play songs?
-You Well, is not the same thing than another?
-No, I can teach you some songs, and you can get a very nice touch, but that does not mean guitar. Or I can teach guitar, and in that way then you can play all the songs you want.
Excuse me teacher, explain a little more ...

- The first option from the top is rewarding, fast and easy, as you will see fruits immediately. But you always need a teacher to play new songs, you will be teacher-dependent. In contrast, the second way is harder, slower, laborious and difficult. You will have to strive and work hard. At first you will not touch anything interesting, but for the 2nd year you can begin to play the songs that you like and can make your own arrangements, small improvisations and see your reward.

I chose the second option, and only now I'm understanding the instrument, I slowly but surely and I'm happy. This first interview with my teacher was very enriching. This same example of "playing guitar and songs" can apply to many things, including the study of God's Word.


If we apply this principle to the study of the Bible, we have:

Learning Songs: I'd like to learn (the Pastor, Teacher or a biblical commentary) the meaning of a particular text. It is a quick process, but I merely point of view he has taught me.
Learn guitar: This consists of analyzing the text, looking to understand the motivation and interest of the author to convey that message, to make a sketch of it point by point, also make a summary. When working a text in this way, we can make a good paraphrase, meditate on the message, memorize reasoned, relate it to other passages. This text will be made flesh in us. Working Scripture thus allow us to address issues and will flow passages alone as a spring of living water. In this way, we can have the freedom to read several Bible commentaries, even different intellectual orientations without losing what's Word in our hearts told us at the time we study thoroughly.

It is true that the revelation of the Word brings the Holy Spirit, but Jesus advised the Jews who had believed Him to know (study in depth) Truth and thus would become truly free [1].

If you abide in my word are kept, you are really my disciples; Then you will know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Jn. 8.31 - 32


This brief passage contains many great truths:

To be a disciple of Jesus addition to believing in him follow his teachings.
Knowing the Truth is more than knowing the letter of the Word. In the Greek verb translated "know" is ginwsko (ginosko) it means to know absolutely, total depth, intimately. It is very interesting that the same verb is used in Matthew 1.25 to say that not intimately met José María until after Jesus was born. You can establish a parallel here with marriage: In the same way that when a man "knows" intimately his wife, ie it joins with her in "one flesh" (and therefore one spirit) giving birth to children (new life) and the disciple who has intimate communion with the Word (thus discovering the Truth) one spirit with Christ is made, then have a renewed life.


Jesus was a teacher who did not seek his disciples to be dependent on Him, but God's Word. When you can draw your daily bread straight from the Word, God himself will speak to your heart and you will have many devotional own to enrich your life and those of others.

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[1] http://www.tesorosdesabiduria.com/2013/01/el-conocimiento-de-la-verdadtrae.html; http://www.tesorosdesabiduria.com/2013/02/knowing-truth-brings-freedom.html


Knowing the Word, Bible, Jesus, Freedom.

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