Rightly Dividing the Bible

Rightly Applying the Divisions in the Word of God

 

It is so critical to “rightly divide the Word of God”, correctly.

Let us look at these divisions.

The 3 most important verses dealing with this are:

II Timothy 2:15   Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

I Corinthians 10:32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:

I Timothy 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

Paul gives us the 3 fold division of humanity.

Note: The key to understanding any scripture is to acknowledge who it is being spoken to.

A lot of Christians have never been taught that the Tribulation is radically different from the Church Age. Example, Hebrews thru Revelation provide a different feel than the Paul epistles do. Why?

Let us consider to exclusively different topics here, Eternal Security and mark of the Beast.

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption

Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Ro 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Ro 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Ro 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Ro 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Can we break that seal? I think not. You just have to know your sealed.

Re 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
Re 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
Re 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

These two segments are different in that one is during the “church age” and “tribulation”.

In the church age, we see in the Bible where saints who recanted under persecution (Matthew 26:41). However in Matthew 24:13, …But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

In 1Corinthian 1:8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We see in the scriptures where Saints blaspheme. Luke writes of this as Paul tells us this in Acts 26:10-11

Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.
Ac 26:11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.

Here is the point: Blaspheme in the Church Age is to forfeit eternal rewards; to do so in the Tribulation is to forfeit eternal life. But is this true? We have to notice a word here, persecution. To blaspheme during is persecution is due to weakness. Not a willful denial of Christ Himself.

 

In reading the scripture, we have to rightly divide it.

Allowing the Holy Spirit to speak for Himself, an outline of the entire Bible, rightly divided and in chronological order, would be:

Genesis 1-3…..Innocence

Genesis 3-12…..Gentiles,

Genesis 12-Exodus 19…..Patriarchs

Exodus 19- Matthew 26….Israel

Matthew 26-Acts 2….Messiah

Acts2—Revelation 4……Church

Revelation 4-19………Tribulation

Revelation 19-22…..Kingdom and Eternity

 

When the right divisions are in place, the entire Bible will open up.

You will see the transition books

There are 3:

Matthew takes us from the Old Testament to the New Testament.

Acts moves from Jews to Gentiles

& Hebrews transitions from the Church Age to the Tribulation.

Hopefully this will help you Bible study efforts.

As always, any questions, just yell.

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