What does the Bible say about rightly dividing the Word of God

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr.

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the world of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

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

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).

There are two main divisions of the Bible: the Old Testament and the New Testament. Even though all of these 66 divisions are God’s inspired word, we must understand that the Old Testament is not a law binding on us today. Jesus came and fulfilled the old law and gave us the new law of the New Testament (Matthew 5:17; Colossians 2:14).

The unity of the Bible shows that one mind guided the writing of the Bible and that was God as he directed men to write the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21). These 66 books were written by about 40 different authors. They wrote over a period of about 1500 years; living in widely separated parts of the world; speaking different languages; having various backgrounds; and obviously many of them not knowing each other. Yet, when all of their writings are brought together they are in harmony, showing their message comes from God. That message may be summed up in the purpose of the Bible as the salvation of man through Jesus Christ that brings glory to God.

Rightly dividing God’s word describes an important principle involved in properly understanding the Bible as we obey and apply its teachings to our lives. We must properly divide or distinguish between the commands God gave to people in the Old Testament, and the commands He expects us to keep in our Christian Age.

To be saved from sin and prepare for heaven we must believe in Jesus, repent of sins, confess our faith, be baptized, and live for Jesus.

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So that God can make us faithful to his Word

Someone included this request in an online prayer: “Make us faithful to your Word, that we may bring your life to the waiting world.”

How can God answer this prayer to make us faithful to his Word?

  • When we study the Word daily in order to know God and obey his commands.
  • When we rightly divide the Word and become approved workers in his sight.
  • When we teach the plan of salvation, including faith and obedience, according to the New Testament.
  • When we put away human creeds, traditions, and theologies, in order to remain within the confines of Scripture.
  • When we give up human names and denominations to be God’s united people.
  • When we live according to the model he left us for faith, practice, mission, and life in Christ.
  • When we separate from the world in order to show the glory of Christ in us.
  • When we search for and accept the full truth of the gospel, in order to reject false gospels.
  • When we commit ourselves to sincere and intense love of our family of faith, for which we were purified.

What other points might you add, so that God can make us faithful to his Word and bring his life to the world through us?

#faithfulness #Bible

Don’t make things up

It does not serve the cause of Christ when we find evidence for our assertions where they do not exist. Here’s a prime example:

The first occasion that came to mind was when He was on the cross, dying. Didn’t He pray for the criminal next to Him, saying, “I assure you that today you will be with Me in paradise?” (Luke 23:43)

Jesus was not praying for the thief on the cross beside him, but promising him paradise. There is nothing about prayer here. The point of the writer was good, about Jesus praying for others. But making up something dishonors our Lord. And the writer does it a second time.

Let us never make the Bible say something it does not say, in order to press home a point, however good the point may be.

Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who does not need to be ashamed, teaching the message of truth accurately. 2 Timothy 2.15.

#Bible #hermeneutics #prayer #fairness #accuracy

Hugh’s News & Views (Some More Things…)


Continuing from last week, let us note some more things the Bible plainly says.

1. That God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble (Psalm 46:1).

2. That through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed (Lamentations 3:22-24). Continue reading

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What confusion! The Lord still speak in personal ways today?!

God appeared to Job in a whirlwind. What lesson ought we to take away from this? Certainly not the one the following writer suggests:

Although we may never personally encounter the Lord in a whirlwind, the Lord still speaks to His people in personal ways. It could be anything. It could be a thought that pops into our mind. It could be an inner voice that we hear. It could be a dream or a vision. It could be a given set of circumstances. It could be any of a hundred other ways as well. The Lord spoke to Balaam through a donkey, Daniel through an angel, and the church father Augustine through a child. The Lord seems to show no partiality when it comes to the selection of the creaturely for use as vehicles of personal revelation.

The writer has been assailed with a bad case of subjective signs of God, confusing moments like the false teacher Augustine’s child encounter with real miracles like Balaam’s donkey and Daniel’s angel. The mind’s own suggestions and fanciful sightings of God have taken place of the objective revelation of Deity. For this reason, among many others, Protestantism has never found the way, that Scripture might be our only guide, truth, and path.

This comes from an organization with whom some of our own brethren merged their Bible translation efforts. For shame!

#revelation #Protestantism #Bible

Hugh’s News & Views (Where Does The…)


1. That the fruit Eve ate in the Garden of Eden was an apple?

2. That there are many ways to heaven?

3. That baptism is a work of human merit?

4. That baptism is not essential to salvation?

5. That sprinkling and pouring are acceptable “modes” of baptism?

6. That any preacher was ever addressed as Reverend? Continue reading

#bible, #hugh

Read For Hope

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. Romans 15.4

What encourages you? Is it a friend or a family member? Maybe it is a song or a favorite saying or verse. Is it that pod cast that you like to listen to every week?

Paul explained to the Romans that the purpose of the Scriptures was to teach. Everything that had been written before in the Old Testament was for our instruction.

In the Old Testament, you read about the creation and how this world came to exist. You read about Abraham and God’s promise to him and how it came to fulfillment. You read of Moses who lead the Israelites out of Egypt to the Promised Land. You read of the kings, both good and bad, that ruled Israel and Judah after the tribes were divided. You read of the prophets who kept calling a disobedient people back to God.

The New Testament tells of Jesus, his life, his death, and his return to life. His victory over evil. We read of God’s patience that will one day come to an end.

These things help you to endure, to realize that you are not alone, that others have gone through the same trials that you also face. That even though you stumble and fall, you can get back up, and keep going.

The scriptures give hope. Hope that you will continue to stand with your faith strongly anchored in Jesus, who is the author of salvation. God wants to talk to you. Will you listen?

#risingjoy #Romans #Bible

The least useful book in the Bible

What do you consider to be the least useful book in the Bible? Might it be the same one as the least read? Is that the case for you?

This thought came to me this morning as I read 1 Chronicles 27, a chapter of four different lists of people who served during King David’s reign:

In contrast to the detail that the writer gives in the lists of the Levites, there is only a brief summary of David’s military and civil leaders. Each month 24,000 men were required to do one month’s military service. The twelve commanding officers (who took turns at commanding this fighting force, one month at a time) all belonged to David’s group of ‘mighty men’ (27:1-15; see 11:10-47). Three other lists name the leaders of Israel’s tribes (16-24), the officials who looked after the king’s farmlands (25-31), and the king’s close advisers (32-34). (BBC)

As part of my reading for today, I look for application to my life in Christ and service to God. One has to do more work to find such application here. But something can be found. How do you apply this chapter for spiritual benefit?

#Bible #1Chronicles #application

Are you needing to suffer?

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

It was good for me to suffer, so that I might learn your statutes. The law you have revealed is more important to me than thousands of pieces of gold and silver. Psalm 119.71-72

We are such fickle creatures! Many times, when things are going well, we may not even think to thank God for his blessings much less spend large amounts of time in prayer. We seem to forget that he is the source of our blessings and even of life itself.

That changes drastically if we are called to suffer. We may go to God in prayer questioning why something is happening or what we did to deserve what we are going through. Very rarely do we think of it as something good! However the the author of this psalm writes that it was good to suffer. What? Why would you even think that much less say it? Because many times, in the midst of suffering we turn back to God. We spend more time reading his word and yes, learning his statutes. We spend more time in prayer and more time thinking about God which is always a good thing.

How important is God’s word to you? The psalmist ranks it as more important than thousands of pieces of gold and silver. We spend time with things that are important to us. How much time do you spend in God’s word? In prayer? Are you needing to suffer? May we learn even more the importance and value of time spent in God’s presence.

#risingjoy #Psalms #Bible

Cities in ruin

Meditate on this verse:

I replied, “How long, sovereign master?” He said, “Until cities are in ruins and unpopulated, and houses are uninhabited, and the land is ruined and devastated, and the Lord has sent the people off to a distant place, and the very heart of the land is completely abandoned, Isaiah 6.11-12.

Offer this prayer:

Sovereign God, what ruin sin brings about! Keep sin away from us that many lives may be spared!

Savor this thought:

God is just. He throws down sin. Even his special people are not spared. He carries forward his plan.

Take this action:

Give yourself to God that he may cleanse you. Speak his word to others as he commands you to do.

#most #Bible #Isaiah

Type and antitype

Type and antitype help us to understand spiritual realities.

Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life, John 3.14-15.

That is all!

#Bible #crucifixion

Pay closer attention, Hebrews 2.1

“Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.”

Hebrews 2.1

What was heard was the message spoken by the Lord and preached by the apostles, vv. 2-3. “Must” leaves no alternative. Listen closely. Otherwise, we will fall away.

This is why we emphasize serious Bible reading, study, and memorization. It means spiritual life. What is my plan to pay closer attention to God’s word?

#votd #Hebrews #Bible

The Bible:  Reliable, Trustworthy, Accurate

By: Johnny O. Trail — I typically do not listen in on conversations. To be honest, it is rather hard not to hear someone who is speaking loudly in a restaurant at a table adjacent to yours. If I am completely honest, I must admit that my ears perk up when any person starts talking about God, religion, or the Bible. That having been said, I just recently overheard a conversation at a restaurant that piqued my interest. Continue reading

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The goal of good Bible study

“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life” John 5:39-40.

Meant as a rebuke against the Jews who were persecuting Him, the Word’s words about the Word in our lives is chilling. He did not deny that they knew their Bibles; He did not even deny their motivation for their diligent study of them.

We might see ourselves here. Many of us have a great depth of Bible knowledge. We may also diligently study our Bibles so that we may possess eternal life. So, what were the Jews and perhaps we missing? “… yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” I’m guilty as charged.

Every year, I read through a translation of the entire Bible. I’m a fast reader, but do I hang on every word or just seek the daily checkmark for completion? The goal of good Bible study is [to] deepen our relationship with God.

It’s a two-way conversation: in prayer we talk to Him and through His Word that is living and active He speaks with and molds us into whom we can become. Is deepening your relationship with your Creator the goal of your study?

Do you know God?

Douglas Kashorek

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Hugh’s News & Views (Forty Things . . . Bible)


1. The word “Bible” is from the Greek word “byblos/biblos” and means “book.” Because of its divinely inspired contents the Bible is rightfully known as “the Book.”

2. The Bible is a divine library of sixty-six books. [more]

3. The Bible consists of two divisions—the Old Testament (consisting of 39 books) and the New Testament (consisting of 27 books).

4. The books of the Bible were written over a period of some 1600 years, from Moses (c. 1500 B.C.) to the apostle John (100 A.D.).

5. In all, some forty writers were engaged in the writing of the Bible, with eight of these (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, James, and Jude) being responsible for the writing of the New Testament. The apostle Paul wrote at least thirteen of the New Testament books.

6. The Bible covers three major epochs (large time frames, sometimes referred to as dispensations) of God’s dealings with mankind: a) The Patriarchal Age in which the fathers (patriarchs) of families ruled (from Adam to Moses); b) The Jewish Age in which the Law of Moses governed the Hebrew/Israelite/Jewish people (from Moses to the death of Christ); c) The Christian Age in which the New Testament sets forth the will of God for all mankind (from the day of Pentecost [Acts 2] until the end of the world). Thus, the Christian Age is spoken of as “these last days” (see Hebrews 1:1-2).

7. The Bible also covers fifteen periods (smaller time frames) of God’s dealings with mankind: from the Ante-Diluvian (Pre-Flood) period (from the creation to the world-wide flood) all the way to the Early Church period (from the establishment of the church in Acts 2 to the close of the New Testament).

8. In reading the Bible, it is important to know in which of the above epochs (dispensations) and time periods one is reading.

9. The Old Testament consists of four major sections: a) Law (5 books: Genesis-Deuteronomy); b) History (12 books: Joshua-Esther); c) Wisdom Literature/Poetry (5 books: Job-Song of Solomon); Prophecy (17 books: Isaiah-Malachi).

10. The New Testament consists of four major sections: a) Gospels/Life of Christ (4 books: Matthew-John); b) History of the Early Church (1 book: Acts of the Apostles); c) Letters to Christians (21 books: Romans-Jude); d) Prophecy/The Ultimate Victory of God’s People (1 book: Revelation).

11. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew (with some small portions being written in Aramaic, a dialect related to Hebrew). The New Testament was written in Greek.

12. From its original languages, the Bible has been translated into 2546 languages and dialects (as of 2009). (See Once Delivered Forever Established: The Certainty of the Holy Scripture, Dr. Doug Burleson, p. 83, a book I highly recommend for all who have an interest in learning more about the authenticity and reliability of the Bible.)

13. Some of the better known English versions of the Bible are the King James (1611), the American Standard (1901), the Revised Standard (1946, N. T.; 1951, entire Bible), the New International (1973, N. T.; 1978, entire Bible), the New King James (1972, N. T.; 1982, entire Bible), the New American Standard (1963, N. T.; 1971, entire Bible), the New Revised Standard (1989), and the English Standard (2001). The Douay-Rheims Version (1508, 1609, 1610) was long held as the standard English version for members of the Roman Catholic Church, but Catholic editions of some of the above English versions are used by many Catholics.

14. The books of the Bible were divided into chapters by Archbishop Stephen Langton, an English scholar, though Cardinal Hugo also has been given credit for doing this, both in the 13th century.

15. The chapters of the Bible books were divided into verses by a French printer by the name of Robert Estienne (Latin name, Stephanus) in 1551 for the New Testament and 1555 for the Old Testament. (Note: Chapter and verse divisions facilitate the location of particular passages, e.g., “John 3:16,” rather than, “The Bible says in John that God so loved the world . . .”

16. Year after year, the Bible remains the world’s best-seller. 100 million Bibles are printed every year and 20 million of these are sold in the United States.

17. The Bible is comprised of “all Scripture . . . given by inspiration of God” (II Timothy 3:16-17).

18. Though men were the human instruments used by God for writing the Bible, the Scriptures exist because “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirt” (II Peter 1:21).

19. The writers of the Bible were conscious of the fact that they were writing the word of God (Exodus 17:14; II Samuel 23:2; Jeremiah 30:2; I Corinthians 2:13; I Corinthians 14:37; I Thessalonians 2:13; II Peter 3:15-16; et al.)

20. There are literally thousands of manuscripts and ancient versions that verify the accuracy of the Bible (more than 5300 Greek manuscripts for the New Testament alone), so that “The Christian can take the whole Bible in his hand and say without fear or hesitation that he holds in it the true word of God, handed down without essential loss from generation to generation throughout the centuries” (Sir Frederic Kenyon [1863-1952], British biblical and classical scholar, as cited by Dr. Neil Lightfoot, How We Got the Bible, Abilene, TX: ACU Press, 1986, p. 126).

21. Being the word of God, and because it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18), the Bible is absolute truth (John 17:17).

22. Jesus relied on Scripture to resist Satan’s temptations (Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13).

23. Jesus read and quoted the Old Testament Scriptures and recognized them in their entirety as being the authoritative word of God (Matthew 5:17; John 10:35; Matthew 19:1-9; Matthew 23:34-35 [the equivalent of saying “from Genesis to Malachi”]; Luke 4:16-21; Luke 24:44-47).

24. During His personal ministry Christ referred to and gave credence to the creation of man in the image of God (Matthew 19:4-6), the flood (Matthew 24:38-39), the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah (Luke 10:12; 17:28-29), the story of Jonah and the great fish (Matthew 12:39-41), the writings of Moses (John 5:46), the writings of Isaiah (Mark 7:6-8), the writings of Daniel (Matthew 24:15), and other Old Testament prophets and events. He did not view them as folklore, fairytales, myths, or legends.

25. Being comprised of “all Scripture . . . given by inspiration of God,” the Bible “is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for

instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3:16-17).

26. In the Bible God has given us “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (II Peter 1:13).

27. The Bible sets forth the “one faith” (Ephesians 4:5), “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). There is no authentic revelation from God outside of the Bible.

28. The Bible sets forth commands to be obeyed (I Corinthians 14:37; John 14:15; I John 5:3), examples to be followed (I Peter 2:21; I Timothy 4:12; II Timothy 1:13), warnings to be heeded (Acts 20:31; Colossians 1:28), and promises to be enjoyed (II Peter 1:2-4).

29. The Bible is not to be tampered with by addition, subtraction, substitution, or modification (Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19; Galatians 1:6-9; Psalm 119:89).

30. As the word of God, the Bible is “a lamp to [our] feet and a light to [our] path” (Psalm 119:105).

31. We should love the Bible, read and study it, memorize great portions of it, laying it up in our hearts so that we will not sin against God (Psalm 119:97, 11).

32. The word of God is the sword of the Spirit with which we are able to conquer all moral and spiritual foes (Ephesians 6:17).

33. God’s word (the Bible) is “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword . . . and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

34. The Bible is like a mirror into which one may look to see what changes he/she needs to make in order to be right with God (James 1:18).

35. God’s word is “like a fire” and “like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces” (Jeremiah 23:29).

36. The word of God “is able to build [us] up” spiritually (Acts 20:32).

37. It is through the word of truth (the Scriptures/Bible) that one is “brought forth” (born again) to be “a kind of firstfruits of His (God’s) creatures” (James 1:18; cf. I Peter 1:22-23; John 3:1-5).

38. The Scriptures are to be studied and searched diligently to see if the things that are taught and believed religiously are so (Acts 17:11; cf. I Thessalonians 5:21; I John 4:1).

39. The word of God is indestructible (Matthew 24:35) and will be the standard by which all will be finally judged—not our opinions or what we have always felt, thought, believed, or been taught (John 12:48; Romans 2:16).

40. In summary, the Bible is not a self-help book designed to make its readers healthy, wealthy, happy, or successful (though within its overarching purpose there are broad principles that contribute to these matters). It is not a book of “codes” and “prophecies” as to when the second coming of Christ will occur and the world will end. Neither is the Bible a disjointed book of disconnected and unrelated documents. Rather, it is a book that gradually and systematically, from beginning to end, sets forth God’s grand scheme of human redemption from the time of its conception in the mind of God before the foundation of the world (Titus 1:1-3; II Timothy 1:8-11; Romans 16:25-27), through its being made known by Christ, the gospel, the church, and the New Testament (Ephesians 3:1-12; I Corinthians 2:1-13), to its ultimate fruition of the redeemed in heaven—“receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls” (I Peter 1:9).

Hugh Fulford

September 18, 2018

Speaking Schedule:

September 21-23: Gatlinburg, TN

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