Rightly Divide The Word Of Truth

Written by Stephen Kingery

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For many of us, it is helpful if we have various Bible study aids to go along with our study ofrepparttar Bible. Please allow me to give you a word of caution on this subject. Earlier in this article I stated thatrepparttar 140933 Holy Spirit knew there would be a tendency for men to teach their own opinions rather than scriptural truth. This problem is just as prolific in written material as it is inrepparttar 140934 spoke word on TV or radio. My prayer is that you will be able to determine when this is happening and "see through it." Many people today who claim to preach God's word develop a theology (an organized body of opinions concerning God and man's relationship to God - The American Heritage Dictionary) and then use isolated scriptures to "prove" that they are right. Let me give you an example. Suppose that I decided that suicide was taught inrepparttar 140935 scriptures as a viable means of concluding one's own life. First I would need to locate and quoterepparttar 140936 scriptures that I wanted to use to prove that this theology was correct. Which ones would I use?

"Then he threw downrepparttar 140937 pieces of silver inrepparttar 140938 temple and departed, and went and hanged himself." (Matthew 27:5) "And Jesus said to them, 'Go and do likewise.'" (Luke 10:37b) "Then Jesus said to him, 'What you do, do quickly.'" (John 13:27b) Now obviously suicide is not being taught inrepparttar 140939 Bible. However, putting these scriptures together in this fashion, pulling them out of context, it can be made to appear that suicide is taught inrepparttar 140940 Bible.

You are probably saying to yourself, "that's absurd." Friends, this is no less absurd than many ofrepparttar 140941 so called "scriptural truths" being taught today by men concerning salvation, baptism,repparttar 140942 deity of Christ, and whererepparttar 140943 spirit of man goes when he/she dies. This is why it is so important that we "rightly dividerepparttar 140944 word of truth."

The point I am trying to make in this discussion is this: Do not acceptrepparttar 140945 spoken word orrepparttar 140946 writings of men (mine or anybody else's) as gospel. Go torepparttar 140947 scriptures, in prayer, using sound principles of interpretation and study to see ifrepparttar 140948 scriptures are saying what men say it is saying. What arerepparttar 140949 sound principles of interpretation?

(a) Determine who is speaking. Inrepparttar 140950 Bible there are many different people speaking. It may be Jesus teaching His disciples. It could be one ofrepparttar 140951 apostles in their writings torepparttar 140952 churches. It could be a prophet, a king, Satan, or even Balaam's mule. The point is, in order to fully understandrepparttar 140953 significance ofrepparttar 140954 statement, we must know who is makingrepparttar 140955 statement. (b) To whom is it being spoken to? Here again,repparttar 140956 relevance ofrepparttar 140957 statement depends on to whomrepparttar 140958 statement was given. Isrepparttar 140959 statement made to Christians, sinners, enemies ofrepparttar 140960 church, a person seeking to be saved, or to entire congregations. The meaning ofrepparttar 140961 statement could be entirely different if spoken to each of these examples. (c) What isrepparttar 140962 statement speaking about? In other words, what isrepparttar 140963 content and context ofrepparttar 140964 statement. Is it a command, a warning, aboutrepparttar 140965 nature of God or His Son, about Israel, Christians, orrepparttar 140966 church. Knowing whatrepparttar 140967 content is about is very important in understandingrepparttar 140968 teaching contained therein. Also, what isrepparttar 140969 context in which it is being used. What goes beforerepparttar 140970 statement and what goes afterrepparttar 140971 statement. What goes before and afterrepparttar 140972 statement can (and does) alterrepparttar 140973 statement. My example about suicide shows this very well. (d) When doesrepparttar 140974 passage speak? Is it written for just that time,repparttar 140975 Patriarchal age, Mosaic age, or Christian age. This is just as important as is to whorepparttar 140976 statement is made. God has dealt with His people differently at different times. The Christian must know and recognizerepparttar 140977 difference in how God has chosen to deal with His people inrepparttar 140978 various ages. We must make a distinction betweenrepparttar 140979 two testaments. The Old Testament was forrepparttar 140980 Jewish nation, whereasrepparttar 140981 New Testament is forrepparttar 140982 world andrepparttar 140983 Christian gospel age. (e) Allow Scripture to explain Scripture. Letrepparttar 140984 scriptures speak for themselves. Some passages which may seem a little unclear can be further understood in light of other passages. For example, God's plan of salvation is an excellent example of this. There are eight occasions in Acts where one or more people were converted to Christianity. In Acts 2 whenrepparttar 140985 three thousand were converted we have repentance and baptism specifically mentioned. In Acts 8 whenrepparttar 140986 Samaritans were converted, we have faith and baptism mentioned. And in Acts 8 whenrepparttar 140987 eunuch was converted, we have confession, faith and baptism mentioned. We can then userepparttar 140988 passages from all three occasions (andrepparttar 140989 other five as well) to see that we must have faith, we must repent of our sins, confessrepparttar 140990 Lord Jesus, and be baptized intorepparttar 140991 watery grave of baptism to receiverepparttar 140992 gift of salvation. Taking any one of these passages by itself and using it exclusively to show God's plan of salvation, we would be misinterpretingrepparttar 140993 scriptures.

If we love God and give Him all our allegiance, then we must make every effort to "rightly dividerepparttar 140994 word of truth." It is my prayer that this article has given yourepparttar 140995 desire and ability to do this.

All Scriptures quoted are fromrepparttar 140996 New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Stephen Kingery is an author, preacher, teacher and founder of The Home Bible Study Institute.

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The Lord Is My Provider

Written by Walter Kambulow

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THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS…JEHOVAH-TSIDKENILL. Hence He restores my soul; He leads us inrepparttar paths of righteousness for His name's sake. He delivers us and honor us and satisfies us with long life and shows us His salvation. And then we have JEHOVAH- NISSI – The-LORD-Is-My-Banner or God My Standard of Victory. Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, "Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand onrepparttar 140866 top ofrepparttar 140867 hill withrepparttar 140868 rod of God in my hand." So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up torepparttar 140869 top ofrepparttar 140870 hill. And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, andrepparttar 140871 other onrepparttar 140872 other side; and his hands were steady untilrepparttar 140873 going down ofrepparttar 140874 sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people withrepparttar 140875 edge ofrepparttar 140876 sword. Thenrepparttar 140877 LORD said to Moses, "Write this for a memorial inrepparttar 140878 book and recount it inrepparttar 140879 hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot outrepparttar 140880 remembrance of Amalek from under heaven." And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-LORD-Is-My-Banner; Exodus 17:8-15 Yea, though I walk throughrepparttar 140881 valley ofrepparttar 140882 shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 The Amalekites came againstrepparttar 140883 Israelites after they crossedrepparttar 140884 Red sea. But when Moses went uprepparttar 140885 Mountain Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands Joshua defeatedrepparttar 140886 Amalekite withrepparttar 140887 edge ofrepparttar 140888 sword. As we pray inrepparttar 140889 Spirit and stand onrepparttar 140890 word of God, Our Lord who suffered onrepparttar 140891 cross and his hands were lifted up with two nails, we will defeat Satan through our Heavenly Joshua, even through our Lordrepparttar 140892 HOLY SPIRIT forrepparttar 140893 LORD Is Our Banner our Victory. His word is unchanging: But thanks be to God, who gives usrepparttar 140894 victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 For whatever is born of God overcomesrepparttar 140895 world. And this isrepparttar 140896 victory that has overcomerepparttar 140897 world-our faith. 1 John 5:4 And because of His anointing we shall know JEHOVAH- RAPHEGA - The Lordrepparttar 140898 healer. He turnsrepparttar 140899 bitterness of life into sweetnessGod’s word is true: Now when they came to Marah, they could not drinkrepparttar 140900 waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Thereforerepparttar 140901 name of it was called Marah. Andrepparttar 140902 people complained against Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?" So he cried out torepparttar 140903 LORD, andrepparttar 140904 LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it intorepparttar 140905 waters,repparttar 140906 waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them. And there He tested them, and said, "If you diligently heedrepparttar 140907 voice ofrepparttar 140908 LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none ofrepparttar 140909 diseases on you which I have brought onrepparttar 140910 Egyptians. For I amrepparttar 140911 LORD who heals you." Exodus 15:26 You prepare a table before me inrepparttar 140912 presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Psalm 23:5 Yesrepparttar 140913 Lord is our healer of all things thatrepparttar 140914 enemies of life bring upon us be it physical sickness, broken hearts, inner hurts or disappointments. God’s word is true: When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast outrepparttar 140915 spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiahrepparttar 140916 prophet, saying: "He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses." Matthew 8:16-17 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me Allrepparttar 140917 days of my life; And I will dwell inrepparttar 140918 house ofrepparttar 140919 LORD Forever. Psalm 23: 5 "Allrepparttar 140920 way around shall be eighteen thousand cubits; andrepparttar 140921 name ofrepparttar 140922 city from that day shall be: THE LORD Is THERE." Ezekiel 48:35 The Lord will be with us forever. He is a very present help in time of trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even thoughrepparttar 140923 earth be removed, and thoughrepparttar 140924 mountains be carried intorepparttar 140925 midst ofrepparttar 140926 sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, thoughrepparttar 140927 mountains shake with its swelling. For there is a river whose streams shall make gladrepparttar 140928 city of God, The holy place ofrepparttar 140929 tabernacle ofrepparttar 140930 Most High. God is inrepparttar 140931 midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just atrepparttar 140932 break of dawn (Psalm 46:1-5).

Walter Kambulow is an engineer, an entrepreneur and executive who lives in Canada. He is married to Sandy who is a school teacher and they have two children Lorraine who is a graduate engineer and David who is studying engineering.

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