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Revelation 22:20

This is a Home Bible study. It exists to promote the Word of God as it's written, which means nothing added or taken away, and minus opinions.

The Bible is the only source of Divine Truth in the world today. Although it is helpful and informative in many ways, the Bible might not tell us everything we want to know but the Bible does tell us everything we need to know.

My role is to guide you through the Scriptures; to explain what this book says and in some cases what it does not say because this is just as important.

Ultimately, you have a decision to make concerning your salvation - no one can make it for you. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator God, has given everyone the ability to make choices - this is is called "Free Will." I pray you consider your choice wisely.

II Timothy 2:15

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Romans by the Book (Lesson 5)

Home Bible Study- Lutz, Florida
Established November 2007

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
(2 Timothy 2:15)

This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1Timothy 2:3-4

 Romans by the Book

Lesson 5

We’ve put our study of Romans on hold for a short time to examine what the Bible has to say about what it means to “Rightly Divide the Word.” 

There’s just so much confusion and ignorance in the Body of Christ today as it pertains to this subject and that is the reason I chose to “park” on this topic for a time.

I’m not pointing the finger of blame at any one person or organization.
Ultimately it is the responsibility of every Believer to know what is in their Bible.

The command to “Rightly divide the Word” comes from God the Holy Spirit. 

And YES, this is a command. 
There are far more commands in Scripture than just the Ten Commandments.   
For example:

Ephesians 5

25: Husbands, love your wives…

That’s a command.  It is NOT a suggestion.

And the other thing I want to point out to you is God the Holy Spirit does not have a “junior” role in the Holy Trinity. 

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are Three in One.
They are EQUAL!

Scripture says,

2 Timothy 3

16: All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

17: so that the man (and woman – adding this doesn’t harm the text) of God may (be what) adequate, equipped for every good work.

And the writings of the Apostle Paul are most certainly SCRIPTURE even though many in the church today do NOT recognize him or his apostleship.

The Apostle Peter wrote,

2 Peter 3

15: …as also in all his letters (Whose letters?  The Apostle Paul’s letters), speaking in them of these things (what things…  The MYSTERIES that were revealed to the Apostle Paul ONLY) in which are some things hard to understand, which the (who) untaught and the unstable distort (the same thing is going on in our churches today), as they do also (read carefully) the rest of the Scriptures (Peter just gave his stamp of approval on the Apostle Paul’s letters to the churches and included them in the “rest of the Scriptures.  And to those who distort or abuse Paul’s writings Peter gives this warning), to their own destruction.

Peter’s anathema for those who “distort” or ignore the Apostle’s Paul’s letters is still in effect today!

As you study your Bible, always keep in mind the Bible Timeline.  Why?

a.      This will help you rightly divide it.
b.      The Bible is a Progressive Revelation.

The things that God revealed to humanity were not all given at once.
His revelation was given in stages.  This is known as progressive revelation.

The Apostle Paul wrote.

Romans 16

25: Now to the One who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel (the Gospel of Grace) and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the (what’s the next word) mystery that was kept secret for long ages past,

26: (read slowly) but now is (what) manifested (disclosed – placed under the spotlight), and by the (what) Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God is made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith.

Paul made a distinction between the revelation which God formerly gave and that which He was presently giving.

The Old Testament Is Incomplete

Progressive revelation means that God did not unfold His entire plan to humanity in the Book of Genesis or, for that matter, in the entire Old Testament.

The Old Testament revelation, though accurate, is incomplete.
The fullness of certain teachings cannot be found in the Old Testament.
There are predictions (prophecies) that remain unfulfilled.

Why must we learn to “Rightly divide the Word?”

While the "Word of Truth" is written FOR all classes of people, and FOR our learning, it is not addressed to all peoples in general.  

Parts of the Bible are addressed to the JEWS, part to the GENTILES, and part to the CHURCH or the Body of Christ (a Pauline revelation).

These three constitute the THREE CLASSES into which humanity is divided.

I Corinthians 10

32:  Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God;

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