Rightly Divide the Word  


 

2 Timothy 2:15

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

 

The Greek word, spoudazo, used here in the beginning of this verse is translated “study.” This word is also translated “be zealous.” The apostle Paul admonished young pastor Timothy to have a zealous attitude in his study of the Scriptures. Timothy was being encouraged to exert himself and give diligence to the Word of God.

False teaching ran rampant in the first century, and Paul knew that there had to be an all-out effort given by those who teach the Word of God to combat the errors of the day. Those who were hearers of the Word of God needed preachers and teachers who could not only show the errors of the false teachers, but could also present the Scriptures accurately. This is where Paul chose to use a great phrase that accurately describes how the Bible teacher should approach their study “rightly dividing.” This phrase could also be accurately translated cutting straight. This was a call for precision and exactness in the breaking down and presentation of Scripture.

We live in a culture today that is much like the culture that young pastor Timothy found himself in nearly two thousand years ago. There is a lot of confusion and misinformation when it comes to what the Bible teaches. Now, as much as any time, we must be precise in our presentation of Scripture. That exactness will only come through taking a zealous or diligent effort in our study of the Word.

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT

Are you rightly dividing the word of truth with a zealous approach?

Nathan Rogers

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