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  • Allen Domelle

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth




2 Timothy 2:15

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

The battle since the Garden of Eden has always been about God’s Word, and that battle continues today by Satanic voices that say the King James Bible is not the inspired and preserved Word of God. It was Satan who questioned God’s Word to Eve when he said, Yea, hath God said…? Satan questioned the veracity of God’s Word when he tempted Jesus three times. He questioned God’s Word through the Pharisees who did not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Satan’s primary weapon against the Word of truth is question. Satan wins the battle every time he can get us to question if God’s Word is truth.

One of the main battles today that Satan uses in his attack against God’s Word is that it is too difficult to understand; therefore, they say they need a Bible they can understand so they can know what God is saying. My friend, this is the Devil’s lie! Let me point out several thoughts or statements that this verse does not say.

First, this verse does not say to rightly divide the thoughts of God. This verse teaches we are to rightly divide the word of truth. Yes, you will find the thoughts of God in His Word, but having every word that God speaks is critical to rightly dividing His Word. If one word is missed, I cannot rightly divide His Word. I need every word to rightly divide the word of truth. To rightly divide the thoughts of God is exactly what Satan tried to do with Eve in the Garden of Eden by saying, Yea hath God said. More than having the thoughts of God, we need every word of God so that we can rightly divide the word of truth.

Second, this verse does not say to rightly divide my feelings towards God’s Word. Many say, “I feel this is right.” It does not matter what you feel is right; it is what God’s Word says is right that makes something truth. I may not at times feel God’s Word is truth because of the trials I face, but that does not make my feelings right; God’s Word is truth whether or not I feel it is truth. We are never to divide God’s Word according to what we feel is truth, but according to His Word.

Third, this verse does not say to rightly divide what seems is right. Just because something seems right does not make it right. It seemed right for Moses to smite the rock when God told him to speak to it, but that did not make it right. There will be times when what seems to be right and what God’s Word says is right are two different things, and in these cases, I must rightly divide the word of truth and not what seems is right.

Fourth, this verse does not say to rightly divide what is culturally right. Culture changes, but God’s Word stands forever. We are never to let culture decide if God’s Word is right, but we are to rightly divide the word of truth to determine what is right.

The key in this verse is the word Study. My friend, we are to study God‘s Word to find truth. We are to study God’s Word and base truth on what God’s Word says is truth. Never make the mistake of depending on anything else other than God’s Word to determine truth. Truth only comes from God’s Word; therefore, if you truly want to know truth, you must study God’s Word and compare His Word to His Word to determine what is truth.

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