“Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth”

by Roby Ellis          SPANISH/ESPAÑOL

[Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 3:14-16]

Introduction

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).

C. It guards us against deception (Acts 17:11).

Conclusion

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.

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