Rightly Divide The Word Of TruthWritten 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 of Bible. Please allow me to give you a word of caution on this subject. Earlier in this article I stated that 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 in 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 in scriptures as a viable means of concluding one's own life. First I would need to locate and quote scriptures that I wanted to use to prove that this theology was correct. Which ones would I use?
"Then he threw down pieces of silver in 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 in Bible. However, putting these scriptures together in this fashion, pulling them out of context, it can be made to appear that suicide is taught in Bible.
You are probably saying to yourself, "that's absurd." Friends, this is no less absurd than many of so called "scriptural truths" being taught today by men concerning salvation, baptism, deity of Christ, and where spirit of man goes when he/she dies. This is why it is so important that we "rightly divide word of truth."
The point I am trying to make in this discussion is this: Do not accept spoken word or writings of men (mine or anybody else's) as gospel. Go to scriptures, in prayer, using sound principles of interpretation and study to see if scriptures are saying what men say it is saying. What are sound principles of interpretation?
(a) Determine who is speaking. In Bible there are many different people speaking. It may be Jesus teaching His disciples. It could be one of apostles in their writings to churches. It could be a prophet, a king, Satan, or even Balaam's mule. The point is, in order to fully understand significance of statement, we must know who is making statement. (b) To whom is it being spoken to? Here again, relevance of statement depends on to whom statement was given. Is statement made to Christians, sinners, enemies of church, a person seeking to be saved, or to entire congregations. The meaning of statement could be entirely different if spoken to each of these examples. (c) What is statement speaking about? In other words, what is content and context of statement. Is it a command, a warning, about nature of God or His Son, about Israel, Christians, or church. Knowing what content is about is very important in understanding teaching contained therein. Also, what is context in which it is being used. What goes before statement and what goes after statement. What goes before and after statement can (and does) alter statement. My example about suicide shows this very well. (d) When does passage speak? Is it written for just that time, Patriarchal age, Mosaic age, or Christian age. This is just as important as is to who statement is made. God has dealt with His people differently at different times. The Christian must know and recognize difference in how God has chosen to deal with His people in various ages. We must make a distinction between two testaments. The Old Testament was for Jewish nation, whereas New Testament is for world and Christian gospel age. (e) Allow Scripture to explain Scripture. Let 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 when three thousand were converted we have repentance and baptism specifically mentioned. In Acts 8 when Samaritans were converted, we have faith and baptism mentioned. And in Acts 8 when eunuch was converted, we have confession, faith and baptism mentioned. We can then use passages from all three occasions (and other five as well) to see that we must have faith, we must repent of our sins, confess Lord Jesus, and be baptized into watery grave of baptism to receive 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 misinterpreting scriptures.
If we love God and give Him all our allegiance, then we must make every effort to "rightly divide word of truth." It is my prayer that this article has given you desire and ability to do this.
All Scriptures quoted are from 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 ProviderWritten by Walter Kambulow
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THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS…JEHOVAH-TSIDKENILL. Hence He restores my soul; He leads us in 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 on top of hill with 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 to top of 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, and other on other side; and his hands were steady until going down of sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with edge of sword. Then LORD said to Moses, "Write this for a memorial in book and recount it in hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out 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 through valley of 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 against Israelites after they crossed Red sea. But when Moses went up Mountain Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands Joshua defeated Amalekite with edge of sword. As we pray in Spirit and stand on word of God, Our Lord who suffered on cross and his hands were lifted up with two nails, we will defeat Satan through our Heavenly Joshua, even through our Lord HOLY SPIRIT for LORD Is Our Banner our Victory. His word is unchanging: But thanks be to God, who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 For whatever is born of God overcomes world. And this is victory that has overcome world-our faith. 1 John 5:4 And because of His anointing we shall know JEHOVAH- RAPHEGA - The Lord healer. He turns bitterness of life into sweetnessGod’s word is true: Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore name of it was called Marah. And people complained against Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?" So he cried out to LORD, and LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into waters, waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them. And there He tested them, and said, "If you diligently heed voice of 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 of diseases on you which I have brought on Egyptians. For I am LORD who heals you." Exodus 15:26 You prepare a table before me in presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Psalm 23:5 Yes Lord is our healer of all things that 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 out spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah prophet, saying: "He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses." Matthew 8:16-17 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All days of my life; And I will dwell in house of LORD Forever. Psalm 23: 5 "All way around shall be eighteen thousand cubits; and name of 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 though earth be removed, and though mountains be carried into midst of sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, though mountains shake with its swelling. For there is a river whose streams shall make glad city of God, The holy place of tabernacle of Most High. God is in midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at 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.