What is Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV).

Literally tens of thousands of groups claim and quote the Bible, but they all have starkly opposing views. How can they use the same text to promote these antithetical views? Whom are we to believe?! How do we solve these contradictions?

The Bible’s first verse notifies us of a division—heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1)—which is present even in the Bible’s closing book (Revelation 21:1). As expected, God has a program that concentrates on heaven (mystery; Romans 16:25), and another program that focuses on earth (prophecy; Acts 3:21). Also, He has one agency He will use in heaven (the Church the Body of Christ; Ephesians 2:6,7), and another He will use on earth (the nation Israel; Exodus 19:5,6). All of God’s dealings with mankind can be divided into three time periods—“time past” (past), “but now” (present), and “the ages to come” (future) (Ephesians 2:7,11-13).

As today’s Scripture indicates, we seek God’s approval, not a church or preacher’s approval. During Bible study, it is ALWAYS crucial to our spiritual wellbeing that we note the author and audience of that passage/book, lest we claim verses God never promised us. We should not steal Israel’s verses, and she should not take ours. This is “rightly dividing the word of truth!”

Every Bible verse fits into one of those two programs—prophecy or mystery—and we must never mix those programs and their unique doctrines. Part of the Bible is written to us Gentiles in the Dispensation of Grace (the mystery program)—Paul’s epistles, Romans through Philemon—and the rest of the Bible deals with Israel and her earthly prophetic (kingdom) program. If we mix these programs, contradictions (and denominations) will arise. Oh, the confusion!! Church tradition and careless theologians have done us such a great disservice, wrongly dividing God’s Word, trying to apply verses to us that God never gave us (instead He gave them to Israel).

Dispensational Bible study is the only way to understand God’s Word, for this is the way God Himself designed His Word to be studied.

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Christian ambassador (Shawn Brasseaux)

Grace and peace! What a privilege to be an ambassador for the risen Christ here on WordPress! I am a Pauline dispensationalist Christian saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus plus nothing! My goal is to "have all men saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:3,4). I seek to preach Jesus Christ crucified for our sins, buried, and raised again for our justification as the only way to salvation. Also, I seek to edify and perfect the saints using dispensational Bible study and the Authorized Version King James Bible!

2 thoughts on “What is Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth?”

  1. Thank you for being obedient to God”s Word and for being faithful in your work for HIM! I read your devotionals every chance I get and have been encouraged as I learn from your work! My son , Ryan Anglin, pastors a small “grace church” in Bishop, GA (Lamb’s Way Bible Church). He, too, is obedient in applying 2Timothy 2:15 to his ministry and daily walk with the Lord. He has illuminated more bible truth for me (rightly divided) over the past two years than in all my 52 years of living! He is young in age, but he is a dynamic preacher, and he preaches and teaches with passion! He is more knowledgeable about the bible than any preacher I’ve ever known personally! He has learned much from men like you, as well as in his own studies. Having a better understanding of the bible dispensationally has given me peace of mind. I am thankful for my salvation and for the grace God gives me to live life in this dying world. Thank you again for your dedication!

    Have a blessed day! Lora Anglin Sent from my iPhone

    1. Thank you Lora for your kind words. You’re welcome. It’s nice to hear from you personally (Ryan has told me that you enjoyed our studies). I praise the Lord that he has saved me by His grace, and has given me opportunity to teach His Word rightly divided and to preach His grace to us in Christ. I’m honored to be of service to you, fellow saint. By the way, the past five years that I’ve understood right division have been so enlightening for me, and I know the feeling that you’ve learned more from the rightly divided Scriptures in such a few years than what you’ve learned all your life. Dispensational Bible study makes the Bible so enjoyable, when religion often makes it a confusing burden. Oh, what clarity there is when we simply study and believe the Bible as God meant it to be studied!!!!

      Just like Ryan, I’m a young man in the ministry too: you’ll be surprised to learn that I’m actually a college student, only 24, far younger than you probably thought I was. Anyway, I hope that the ministry can continue to be a blessing to you! Grace and peace.

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