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Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
The Bible tells the followers of Jesus Christ to study God’s Word to be able to rightly divide the word of truth. If one cannot do this, the words of God will become perverted.
Many false prophets try to avoid this verse, or avoid the second half of it.
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
If this verse was not present in God’s Word, it would give license to any ministry to interpret the Bible on how they see fit. What has happened in the modern apostate church system today is that they have corrupted the Word of God with their perverting interpretations, which has led to rampant apostasy and corruption.
Correct Biblical interpretation are proven through repetition and confirmation from other parts of Scripture. Repetition confirms the audience to whom God is speaking. Additionally, we must compare and contrast Scripture to weigh and test to render whether teachings are from the doctrine of men, or inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Doctrine succeeds, or crumbles under truth in the above verse. The wrong division of God's Word has manifested in thousands of different church denominations today. This is the result of not rightly dividing the truth The church system has chosen popularity and acceptance of man over rightly dividing the word of truth. Popularity is measured in numbers rather than spiritual discernment (1 Corinthians 2:13).
I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars – Revelation 2:3
The "church" system has their many "ministries" that claim to do the work of the first century Apostles with claims of healing, power and signs and wonders. They will use terms such as “new wine” and “new covenant,” which are are a result of these claims.
Without rightly dividing the truth, the masses will assume that the “new covenant” pertains to the Body of Christ (ekklesia). Any Bible concordance will reveal that the new covenant pertained to the nation of Israel, not to believers today. What happens is that a false teacher will steal a promise of God that was exclusively for the Israelite people and attempt to apply it as a doctrine for the body of Christ.
If we apply the three points of interpretation above, we can test to see if the doctrine of the “new covenant” is true, or false in its application to the ekklesia today.
The Ekklesia vs. Israel
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah – Jeremiah 31:31
For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: - Hebrews 8:8
In the New Testament, the blood of Jesus Christ deals with two things; it is important to make the distinctions between them. First, Jesus Christ deals directly with the agreement between himself and the Israelite people.
Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. – Romans 9:4-5
That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world – Ephesians 2:12
God’s covenant was to the people of Israel, not to those in the age of the ekklesia.
Secondly, the blood of Jesus Christ also dealt with the body of Christ.
For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. – Matthew 26:28
And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. – Mark 14:24
Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. – Luke 22:20
After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. – 1 Corinthians 11:25
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. – 2 Corinthians 3:6
By referencing Scripture, it becomes clear the difference between the covenant that God made with Israel, and the new testament of the gospel of Jesus Christ that applies to the ekklesia today.
False prophets and teachers corruptly use the word “covenant” and then deceive the masses to believe that it applies to them. They have not rightly divided the Word of God to find out what has already been fulfilled, or does not apply to the ekklesia at all. They don't understand that the “signs” during the period of the Jews under the Law and the transitional apostolic period does not apply to the ekklesia today.
Today, Jesus Christ deals both with both Jew and Gentile individually. It is so important to understand the audience to whom the Word of God is speaking to.
Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the ekklesia of God - 1 Corinthians 10:32
The above verse gives evidence of three different groups of people. If one does not make the distinctions then Scripture will not be interpreted correctly resulting in false doctrine and heresy.
For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. – Romans 6:8
The "healing" ministries marketed within the "church" system are counterfeit because they teach the manifestation of "signs" that do not apply to the ekklesia. When Jesus Christ was here on the earth, he was dealing the Jewish nation and the great signs and wonders during his ministry on earth was a foreshadowing what will happen again during his reign when he returns.
That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. – Psalm 67:2
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts. – Malachi 4:2-3
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. – Revelation 22:2
Signs and Wonders
There was a period of transition in the New Testament when God was dealing with the Jewish people (book of Acts). When Jesus Christ died on the cross, he cried out to the Father, “forgive them; for they know not what they do.” The Father answered Jesus’ prayer by giving the unbelieving Jews as sign.
For the Jews require a sign – 1 Corinthians 1:22
Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not – 1 Corinthians 4:22
And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him – Acts 7:56-58
The Jews denied Jesus Christ as their Messiah, and later they stoned Stephen, and the result was God turning to the people who do not require a sign, the Gentiles.
In Acts 10, there were some Jews who came with Peter, but they did not believe that the Gentiles could be saved. When Peter preached, the Gentiles started speaking in tongues; this was a sign from God to convince the Jews that this was God's doing, that they could truly be saved.
The Jews continued to deny their Messiah (Acts) when Paul preached, and the result was God closing the door on dealing with Israel as a nation. The sign gifts ceased because they were meant for the Israel. We are in the age of the ekklesia now, and God is dealing in a different way with the body of Christ.
The signs of God were about dealing with the unbelieving Jews that can be traced all the way back to the book of Exodus. Throughout most of the Bible, signs and wonders were meant for Israel.
And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign. – Exodus 4:8
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.- 2 Thessalonians 2:8-10
It is important to understand why Paul wrote this verse.
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom – 1 Corinthians 1:22
Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. – 1 Corinthians 14:22
The above verses are evidence that the signs that God manifested were exclusively for the Jews. God wanted his people to see and believe in Him. In Exodus 4, the use of "believe" and "sign" are read one after the other. Divine healing was conditional upon God’s Law, and that is why in proper context of Scripture the signs, wonders and miracles are associated with the Jews.
Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? – Deuteronomy 4:34
And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes – Deuteronomy 6:22
The evidence should be clear in both from the Old Testament and the New Testament that a lot of the doctrine applies to those who were under the Law. The Law commanded works for salvation. The modern apostate "church" system teaches the same thing, but Paul taught the opposite that we are saved by faith. The ekklesia are not bound the old Jewish Laws.
Through the Gospels there were signs and wonders from God, which were meant for the unbelieving Jews via the apostles until that period ended. False prophets in the modern "church" system are parading their wares of deception by busily working deception.
Prophecy in the Old Testament was revealed through dreams and visions. There is no need for "new" revelations because the full revelation of God is fully revealed and summed up in Scripture. False prophets are taking passages out of the gospels, or Hebrews, and trying to apply them to the body of Christ today. These people are promoting “another gospel” and “another spirit;” it is a deception from Satan that leads to bondage.
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, orif ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. - 2 Corinthians 11:4
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?– Galatians 3:1
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. – 2 Corinthians 11:13-14
Don’t be fooled by the apostates who say that it is God moving, or that the Holy Spirit moving through them will bring healing. This is an outward expression of the idolatry that is in their hearts. Satan “heals” many of the glossy-eyed masses with counterfeit sign and wonders. The doctrine and practice of these "ministries" of healing, tongues, and signs are counterfeit. Even King Solomon recognized a false gift back in his day.
Who so boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain. – Proverbs 25:14
When speaking in tongues and healing are the main focus of any ministry, it is counterfeit because these signs were meant for the unbelieving Jews.
An important principle to understand is that there were two kingdoms present during the life of Jesus Christ while he was on the earth. In the gospels and epistles there was a mix of both the spiritual kingdom (kingdom of God) with the literal visible kingdom (kingdom of heaven). The literal visible kingdom of heaven accompanied tongues, signs, and healing were meant for the Jewish nation, not the ekklesia.
The false prophets and teachers in the modern "church" system will try to mix both kingdoms together and say that the kingdom of God and the apostolic kingdom of heaven still applies today. Can you see this error? The apostolic gifts were present when Jesus Christ was on the earth, and partly during the time of the early ekklesia and the apostles when God was still dealing with the nation of Israel.
It is a false gospel to teach, preach, and apply doctrine to something that does not even apply to a particular group of people. This is the deception that has deceived so many people throughout the world; they have never sought to seek out and study Biblical truth for themselves, but blindly follow after and gobble up the wares of the heretical “pied pipers” of organized religion. These people have never applied 2 Timothy 2:15, and the results are evident.
In conclusion to this first part of the theme, I hope that you may realize the importance of desiring God’s approval when interpreting Scripture. You can go to your “apostle,” “prophet,” or "pastor" for interpretation and leave it at that, or seek and search Scripture for yourself to see what they are saying is true. Truth is right there for you to find with the guidance of the Holy Spirit in Scripture.
We may not be totally precise and accurate one hundred percent of the time, but God has given us His Spirit, and the genuine brothers and sisters in His Body to admonish and encourage each other along the way.
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
Please continue to Part 2 of this article, which will touch more on the "ministries" of healing, tongues, and eternal security. God Bless.
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