Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
Penned by: Kevin K O’Connor
Date Penned: June 14, 2017
Thought: to explore the thought of ‘Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth’
2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
There are those who over-emphasize using the phrase “Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth” as many as there are those who over-emphasize using The Lord’s Name. Those that ‘over-emphasize’ “Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth” are ‘usually’ those who also over-emphasize The Truth of God’s nature and under-emphasize His Spirit.
God is The Perfect Balance between BOTH Truth & Spirit. Hence while His Word says in Act 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Thank our Lord, He (Jesus) also knows when to show mercy to those who don’t have that opportunity to do both (repent and be baptized) as the thief on the cross next to our Lord who believed.
In other words, one can be right on with ‘Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth’ and totally miss the heart of God just as there are those who diligently use the Lord’s Name in performing miracles and yet are actually NOT in a personal, loving and passionate relationship with Jesus; Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Thus when one tends to ‘over-emphasize’ the phrase ‘Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth’ chances are it’s because they are weak in listening to His (our Lord’s) heart. In fact, when one tends to ‘over-emphasize’ any Truth in God’s Word, it’s due to being un-balanced in their relationship with Jesus and have slipped into the spirit of ‘religion’ rather than relationship with Jesus.
Those that are His, hear His heart (Spirit), and not just His Truth; Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: Those that ‘over-emphasize’ either Truth OR Spirit have missed the heart of our Father in Heaven. ; Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Notice it says “led by the Spirit of God” not their reasoning. The Spirit of God is to our hearts as wind is to the sails of a ship. BUT, for that ship to go in the right direction, a rudder is also needed, hence, our minds are to walking in the right paths as a rudder is to getting a ship to its destination. They’re both important and critical, but to ‘over-emphasize’ one over the other is just not listening to our Father’s heart.
So when I listen to any teacher of God’s Word and they begin and continue to use the phrase that ‘they’ are ‘Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth’ something in my spirit turns them off and I move on. Could it be that I’m hearing His voice? Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: I for one think that this is so.
If God can (and He can and does) make the sweetest substance known to man (honey) from an insect’s (bees) spit and delicious steaks from animals that live in their own feces (pork), He can do anything His heart desires within the realm of Holiness and Love! What’s sad are those who ‘claim’ to know Him and emphasize the ‘Truth’ of His Word and who have totally missed His heart! You can know ever dot and tittle in His Word and their correct placement and yet totally miss His heart. Then again, you can NOT know His Word well and it’s correct placement and yet be ‘right on’ with relationship with Him! God is Like an Infinitely Beautiful Diamond that has MANY facets of Glory radiating from Him. For anyone trying to place His Glory in a small box of their limited understanding by stating their correct interpretation of His Word with the phrase ‘Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth’, I’m sorry, that just doesn’t cut it with me and I’m afraid with our Lord as well.
Heavenly Father, ever teach us to be sensitive to Your Precious Holy Spirit and not to fall back to our old foul nature of relying on ourselves for wisdom and understanding. For it’s in the Everlasting, Glorious, Matchless Name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
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