What was Paul really saying when he wrote this?
The present reading of the Bible has been translated so many times that you can not be sure it means what the words really are to mean. Also because words have many different meanings.
When the Bible writings were translated, it is likely the translator chose his personal meaning for certain words, meanings that could have been different than Paul’s.
For example, awake is to, ‘be aware.’ Did Paul want his followers to be ‘aware’ of something? If so, what?
When Paul speaks of someone sleeping, was he referring to someone asleep in a bed or did he really mean he wanted the followers to be ‘aware’? Possibly, because sleep means, ‘not being aware.’
When Paul said, ‘arise‘, what did he mean since ‘arise’ can mean to, ‘notice.’ Not just getting up from sleep, but to actually ‘notice’ something. If Paul meant for the people to ‘notice’ something, what was it?
And when Paul wrote to ‘wake the dead‘, was he speaking of those buried in the ground? Maybe not because the word ‘dead’ also has different meanings, one of which is ‘not being aware.’ Could that have the word he originally used? Most likely because it follows in line with the other words meanings.
When Paul spoke of ‘light‘, what did he mean? If a meaning for ‘light’ is, ‘understanding,’ did Paul originally use the word ‘understanding?
Was that the meaning Paul had in his mind before his words were changed during one of the many translations over the centuries?
If the word ‘understanding’ is, ‘personal interpretation,’ then Paul may have been saying find your own ‘understanding’ of the truth of God and not someone else’s. And where would you find your own personal interpretations?It should always be your own ‘personal interpretation’ of what words mean…to you. The world forgets as it reads the Bible, they are reading the ‘personal interpretations‘ of someone else.
Let the true meanings come from within YOU.
Try reading a sentence from your Bible and then use a dictionary and find the words you want to better understand and you, choose a meaning that makes the passage have clear meaning, because most Bible passages are not as clear as they could be. You will surely be surprised.