Rightly Divide the Word of Truth
Written By: Bill Lamont Sherley (2019-05-26 00:00:00)
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.What did Paul mean when he said to rightly divide the word of truth?
He did not say to divide the Word of God. He said Truth. Many want to use this scripture to justify dividing the Word of God. The Word of God is not to be divided. It is complete the way it is.
When you build a foundation for a building, you don't start cutting away parts of it and then rearrange them in a different order. You're building will crumble and fall because it's foundation has been modified and changed and is no longer up to the specs necessary to support the building.
People want to take the Word of God and divide it to fit their own understanding. But the Word of God is God and He is not to be divided.
John 1:1 (KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.The word dividing used in 2 Timothy is only used once in the Bible. It comes from the Greek word orthotome? (or-thot-om-eh'-o) which translates to make a straight cut or to dissect correctly.
Do we want to dissect Jesus? No, we don't.
So what was Paul talking about when he said to rightly divide the word of truth?
In order to know that, we have to read the verse in context and not on its own.
2 Timothy 2:14-18 (KJV) Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.Paul was talking to Timothy about words being spoken that were not for profit and subverting those who hear it.
Hymenaeus and Philetus were telling others that the resurrection had already taken place and some were losing their faith because of it.
Paul was saying don't listen to them, but show yourself approved by doing the work of God and knowing what is truth and what is not truth. In other words, take what is being said and dissect it so that only the truth remains.