Rightly Dividing The Truth
2 Tim 2:15
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. KJV
Now what does this mean?
To rightly divide the Word of God is “who the Word was written” and not “who has a better interpretation,” the Word of God says what it says. If we then understand who was written and directed too, it then takes much of the confusion away. This is what at causes scholars and teachers to believe that it needs to be interpreted so that Word of God does not contradict itself. God is not the Author of Confusion.
Let us go to 1 Corinthians
1 Cor 7:18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. KJV
Jews were to be circumcised from the eighth day of birth and Gentiles were not circumcised.
This verse 7:18 of Corinthians will be the basis I will use for this message, this is a message that I know I have not heard preached and most of you probably have not either. And if some did preach on this, it was only the physical aspect of it. What Paul was saying here is if you are a Jew, be a Jew, if you are a Gentile, be a Gentile. Some translations of the Bible use Jew and Gentile, not circumcised and un-circumcised. Two thousand years ago this was part of your identity.
So what was Paul talking about here?
Let me say this, Paul is referring to two types of Christians, a Jewish believer , and a non-Jewish believer which is a Gentile. Paul is drawing a line that they should not cross. We will also prove that there were two apostolic offices which will confirm this.
He was saying that a Jew should not become a Gentile, and a Gentile should not become a Jew.
Pretty simple right? Well this leads us to some of the biggest problems in the Christian world today. Whether our teachers have realized or not, they have lead many Gentiles to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. They did not rightly divide the Word of Truth. We will show you why.
There is a physical aspect to this and of course the spiritual aspect.
Paul would establish a church and when he would leave, the Jews of the time would go in and and tell the Gentiles that it was not enough to just to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, that they would also have to become circumcised and keep the Law. Now if you were a Gentile man, this would make you think awfully hard about being or becoming a Christian. Remember Jews were called as God’s chosen people, but Gentiles did not understand the beauty in the Law, and Jewish men were circumcised on the 8th day after being born and couldn’t run, but being circumcised at older age, that was a different story.
Now Paul was a Jew and worked at keeping the Law, Paul saw the importance not to impose the Law on the Gentiles. This made the Jews mad at Paul and they wanted to kill him. Now there was a big council meeting and Paul was going back to Jerusalem to finally get this mess straightened out.
Let us start in Galatians
2:1 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.
2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.
Note something here: What does Paul say about Titus here?
3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: KJV
I’ll bet he wasn’t compelled, let’s move on.
The whole 15th chapter of the book of Acts is about what happens at this Council meeting and we will get there.
Back to rightly dividing the Word of Truth and why this is so important.
First, the Law was written for the Jews and it never wasn’t intended for the Gentiles to keep. It was more than the Gentile could handle.
5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? KJV
How many Christians do you think would be here today if Paul had not went on and established this? This would have had a great impact on the speed and growth of the Gentile Christian movement and many more problems evolve with imposing the Law on the Gentiles in which we will get to later.
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