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2 Timothy 2:15 : A Study In 1210 Words
A Revelation of 2 Timothy 2:15
Throughout the history of the Bible men have argued for and against it. Scholars, whether they believed in it or not have made millions because of it and wars have been started from literal interpretations of it when men have replaced the Israelites with their own nationalities and claimed its birthright. Millions of Africans were enslaved because mentally twisted people believed Africans were natural slaves, fit to be ruled by superior whites and found scripture to support their theories. The Bible served evil European men well in their conquest for power and their need to be called "slave masters".
The Bible is many things to many people. I believe it to be the most perfect book ever written because it is a microcosm of the world with all its goodness and evil. It allows man with his limited mental capacity to commune with the Creator of the Universe, to create as God creates, from nothing, and to live abundant life while equipping those who "diligently seek" seek after God the special ability to claim above belief, a personal relationship through His Holy Spirit to say boldly; I know Him and He knows me.
My relationship with Him has changed dramatically over the last few years as relationships tend to do. From studying every day to Him waking me at all hours to show me scriptures that made pastors and religious leaders shun me, to now, where I am prompted in my spirit to study from the Word that dwells in me. I have never been a verse quoting Bible thumper who can recall verse for verse. Like now; 2 Timothy 2:15 "came to me". This revealing caused me to stop what I was doing and immediately sit down to begin writing. 2 Timothy 2:15 is important and needs to be studied now because The Holy Spirit wants someone else to get something out of this study besides me. I believe, not many "Christians" are "rightly dividing "the Word" to show themselves approved of God. I can hear the judgement coming on me now. Please believe, I am last or I try to be in passing judgement on anyone because I am too aware of my own weaknesses and I need help, But for those who must judge then its OK, I understand.
What really intrigues me about where I presently am in "my walk" is how He prompts me to study. I will be compelled to study a certain passage, a scripture or a historical glitch (I'm always looking for historical Biblical relationships outside the Bible, such as classic Greek writers), and later will see or hear a confirmation. For example that there could possibly be a difference between "scripture" and the "Word of God". Several months ago when I first started studying this idea I was unaware that "others" were or had done work on the subject. Confirmation that I am on a right track came weeks later when the idea had settled. I happened across an article online one day that echoed my thoughts and what I too had begun to write about. He is Amazing. I like to think that I please Him, not because of any vain reasons but because I am eager to serve My Lord. I am a member of a weekly mens' Bible Study Group. I brought the idea that I was being led to believe that there is a fundamental difference between scripture and The Word of God to the group. Most agreed that scripture and the Word of God were the same. If that were the case, I reasoned, why did Paul define scripture within the limitations of a teaching device? The counter arguments came swift from every man; "all scripture is inspired by God". Yes, I agreed but God has no limitations. Paul defined scripture as - All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2 Timothy 3:16.
Not only is the Word of God not bound by limitations it serves a different purpose in that the Word of God supersedes scripture. One can profit from scripture but it is impossible to buy or sell the Word of God. There is a story in Acts 8:9-24 of Simon Peter and Simon the sorcerer. Simon Peter chosen by Jesus represents the good heart. Simon the sorcerer represents the bad heart, the heart filled with iniquity. Simon the sorcerer, had misled and conned innocent people as a business. The people believed he was Holy Spirit filled because they didn't know the Holy Spirit. Like many Christians today who accept the fake over the real they were bewitched by fancy showmanship. Simon the fake even publicly submitted to baptism and professed to be a follower of Jesus. When he witnessed the real he tried to buy it. You see, Simon the fake only had a limited amount of scripture and he lacked the Word of God; simply stated, Simon the fake didn't have a clue that scripture and the Word of God were not the same. Even after witnessing a miracle he still missed it. Even after Simon Peter outed him Simon the fake still didn't get it. Instead of seeking repentance he tried a short cut by asking Simon Peter to pray for him. Isn't that how many so-called "Christians" operate today. Instead of repentance from the heart they seek short cuts. They are the first ones to jump on a prayer line so that others can pray for them; very Catholic indeed.
Let your eyes be opened in the name of Jesus Christ the Amen -The Word of God says - Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons: freely you have received, freely give, Matthew 10:8. Acts 3 is the story of Peter who healed a lame man who was begging alms. Peter said in verse 6 - "... Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. The Word of God is FREE!!!
The difference as always is in the fruit. The Word of God makes the blind see, it causes the lame to walk and the dumb to talk. It has the power to cast out demons and heal sick souls. The Word of God is compared to a double-edged sword in Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.In short the Word of God is able to perform miracles because it is alive. This is the reason, I believe, that Jesus never quoted scriptures; He always said "it is written". The Living Word, Jesus could not quote scripture because He was and is its inspiration, its source.
We are commanded to divide the Word. When we study through the eyes of our hearts guided by the Holy Spirit it becomes possible to rightly divide the word from scripture. We become able to test the spirits by The Spirit that lives in us. So, freely I receive and freely I give... His In Service