by Roby Ellis SPANISH/ESPAÑOL
[Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 3:14-16]
A. If it is possible to “rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15), this implies that it is also possible to wrongly divide it.
B. Rightly dividing the Word is a skill that can only be mastered through constant and careful study.
I. Rightly dividing the Word requires diligence.
A. The concept of diligence implies not only haste (cf. Luke 2:16; 19:5-6), but also care (2 Corinthians 7:12; 8:16).
B. Because I will stand before God one day (Romans 14:12), it is my responsibility to learn God’s will for me and to do it.
II. Rightly dividing the Word requires great care.
A. The Christian is God’s workman (2 Timothy 2:15).
B. Because the words of the Bible are breathed by God (2 Timothy 3:16), every word warrants our careful attention.
C. Context is vitally important in our study (cf. Ephesians 2:8-9 with James 2:24; cf. 1 Corinthians 1:17 with Mark 16:15-16; cf. Romans 10:13 with Acts 22:16).
D. The timeframe can also be important in understanding and applying Scripture (cf. Psalm 150 with Colossians 2:14 and Ephesians 5:19).
III. Rightly dividing the Word makes us unashamed.
A. It prepares us to give an answer (1 Peter 3:15; Acts 8:35).
B. It prepares us to give an account (Revelation 20:12; John 12:48).
A. Rightly dividing the Word requires patience and dedication (1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:13-14).
B. The Word of God is sharp and powerful (Hebrews 4:12), and as God’s workmen, we must learn to handle it with skill and care.