Rightly dividing the scriptures…

There are differentdispensations in the Bible and in each dispensation God dealt with people of  that dispensation differently. God required different things from people in  each dispensation. When God speaks to a definite dispensation, it does not  apply to other times and places. For example, when God speaks to Israel, He is  not speaking to the church. When God is speaking to the Jews, He is not talking  to the gentiles. When He speaks to the Jews and the gentiles, He is speaking to  everyone! This is very important to understand.

When God spoke to Paul, He is speaking to the born again believers.

Unfortunately, many Christians find themselves in a place where their whole belief system is made  up of a collection of scriptures of God talking to someone else, and missing  the scriptures where God is talking directly to them. Let me give you an  example: There is a movement of “Jewish Christians”, that say that Christians are  not allowed to eat pork and are not allowed to buy meat at a normal butchery.  They believe that their own priests must slaughter their cows and bless them in  order for the meat to be clean. These people use the Jewish laws, and apply  them to their belief system. This is an extreme case, and yet many “normal  Christians”, are guilty of the same kind of thing. What I mean by this is that  they  co-mingle the law and grace.

The reason this problem exists, is that they have not rightly divided the Word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15 MKJV  Study earnestly to present  yourself approved to God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly
dividing the Word of Truth.

When we rightly divide the scriptures, we will know when  God is speaking to us directly. Paul’s books are written directly to us, and the  “content” thereof, which is the “in-Christ message”, is not found written  anywhere else in the bible.

 You may say that you disagree with what is said here because of this scripture:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 MKJV  All Scripture is  God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for  instruction in righteousness,  (17)  that the man of God may be perfected,  thoroughly furnished to every good work.

This scripture does not mean that we must not rightly divide  the Word of truth. It is the believer’s responsibility to “rightly divide”.

Rightly dividing the Word of truth, is not taking God’s word out of context. Do not use what was said to  someone in the Old Testament, as God’s direct Word to you. I have heard so many  believers, say that they are going to walk around a building 7 times, so that  they can get a breakthrough!! This is fine if that is what God told them to do,  but to use this scripture as a blanket verse and apply it wherever it suits man’s  program, is completely in error. The “church” is guity of this especially in “prophetic  movements”. It really shocks me how often “prophetic people” use scripture that  was spoken to the Jews thousands of years ago, and use them on and “apply” them  to innocent babes. Why is it that every time someone gives me a “prophetic  word, the scripture used is always an Old Testament scripture???? Could it be  that this is what the writer of Hebrews writes about in Hebrews 1:1-2

Do not take what is written to the Jews, as God speaking to you. We must rightly divide the word of  truth!!!!!

What books are written to us as born again believers? Pauls Epistles. The message of Grace!!!! In the  Epistles, and only in the Epistles, you will hear that Christ comes and lives  in you. People mixing what God says in different dispensations and to different  people causes a lot of confusion and a lot of problems to arise.

Look at this scripture and how it explains that God speaks differently to different people in different  dispensations:

Hebrews 1:1-2 MKJV  God, who at many times and in many  ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,  (2)  has  in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of  all things, by whom also He made the worlds,…….

In closing this section:

We need to start with the Epistles of Paul, and then the rest of the bible will be  understood in the right context. We first centre on the epistles, to see who we are in Christ, and from this foundation, the bible will open up. When we read  the Bible understanding who we are in Christ, we will see God’s purpose revealed, we will see the Living Word – Jesus Christ. When we read the bible  with “Christ in us” spectacles on, then the Word will become clear.

 




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