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The Bible Believers Guide To Rightly Dividing The Word Of Truth

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

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You want God’s approval? Paul says you can get it through Bible study.

“Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:14,15 (KJV)

We live in a day and age where Christians have been fed on nothing but positive affirmations, feelings and finances for so long that they are spiritually dying from biblical malnutrition. Truly our generation is the fulfillment of the Laodicean church in the last days. But for those of us with ears to hear, Paul is still speaking by the power of the Holy Spirit, and he has something he wants us to do. Study the Bible like a blue collar laborer.

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In 2 Timothy 2:15, Paul gives us a tri-fold command (God does all His most important things in 3’s) to STUDY – BE A WORKMAN – RIGHTLY DIVIDE whenever we open the pages of the Holy Bible. It is the only place in all the New Testament where Christians are commanded to do so, and is extremely important in light of our ongoing sanctification. You want God’s approval? Paul says you can get it through Bible study. But when you study, he says to be a “workman” about it. What does that mean? Simply put, it means to do it with deliberate intent, strength of spirit, sleeves rolled up and ready to work. Have you ever had a blue collar job? I sure have. It’s hard work and at the end of the day you are tired and sweaty because you expended lots of energy. That’s how God wants you to study the Bible. Read 10 verses a day is better than not reading any at all, but it is by no means a workman-like approach to the Bible. Lasty he says to “rightly divide” the word of truth, and this is where the rubber truly meets the road. Buckle up, kiddies, and let’s do a little digging.

What it means to rightly divide the Bible

First of all, rightly dividing has nothing to do with cherry picking, not one thing. For those of you who maintain that’s what rightly dividing is, you are being intellectually dishonest. Rightly dividing does not mean throwing out verses, any verses, rather it means to put them where they belong. In the Bible, there are 3 groups that God can be addressing at any one time, and these are as follows:

  1. The Jews and Israel
  2. The Church
  3. The Gentiles (everyone else)

God presents specific and distinct doctrines and promises to all 3 of these groups, and they are not necessarily overlapping or transferable. Let me show you what I mean with this very well-used verse by Christians today:

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

Every year at the National Day of Prayer, you will hear this verse prayed over and over again as a call for America to repent of our national sins so God will heal our nation. But this verse does not apply to America, or any other nation for that matter except as a promise to the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. The context of the verse is the dedication of Solomon’s Temple, and God is speaking directly to him about “his people” the Jews and their faithfulness in following Him. It is not a transferable promise to Christians in the age of grace. So we “rightly divide” this as a promise to the Jews, doctrinally, and understand that the only application we can make to Christians in America is in a spiritual sense. We can certainly pray for our nation to repent, hope that we do, and hope that God will heal us. But He is not obligated to do so, because He has not promised to do it for us. Let me show you another example of rightly dividing.

The gradual transitioning of the Church unfolds

Jesus did not come to start a Christian church, not at all. Listen to His own words as to why He was sent: “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Matthew 15:24 (KJV).  Jesus came to save His people, the Jews, from their sins. But the Jews as a nation rejected Him, and so He went to the gentiles. But all the way up to Acts chapter 7, it was the Jews who were the focus, not the gentiles. Matthew, Mark and Luke are Jewish books to the Jewish people. There is no salvation by grace through faith alone. The Jews rejected God the Father in the Old Testament and wound up with 400 years of silence from Malachi to Matthew. They rejected God the Son in the New Testament, and wound up with the veil of the Temple ripped in two. And finally, they rejected God the Holy Spirit at the preaching of Stephen in Acts 7, and that’s when God put the Jews into a 2,000 year time out, and turned His attention to the gentiles. In the very next chapter, Acts 8, the first gentile gets saved at the witness of Phillip, and one chapter after that Saul becomes Paul and the New Testament church that started as Jewish church in Acts 2 is rolled into the “new work” of Paul, and by Acts 15 the church that we know today is up and running. God will yet turn His attention back to the Jews and Israel after the Rapture, and will use the 144,000 to fulfill promises like these:

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:15-18 (KJV)

When you read the signs that follow those that believe, you understand rather quickly that God is not talking to the Christian church. Yes, there are those that claim to speak in tongues and cast out demons today, but not so much the other three signs. There is not a Christian on the face of the earth today that can perform or display signs 3-5 as written. Many a backwoods Pentecostal preacher has “taken up” a deadly snake only to be laid to rest shortly after. Same goes for the drinking of poison, obviously. And laying hands on the sick and seeing all recover? Nope, not a chance. And why not? Because it was not written to Christians in the Church Age, it was written to Jews looking for a Kingdom. It will yet be fulfilled in the time of Jacob’s trouble, the Great Tribulation, by the 144,000 Jews that God will raise up during that time after the Rapture. So we rightly divide these verses as not being doctrine for the Christian church, and we look for the spiritual application for us.

Paul is the apostle for Christians in the Church Age

When Jesus raised up the Apostle Paul, He did it for a very specific reason. Paul was to be the leader of the new Church made up from believing Jews and Gentiles. He was given mysteries not known to the other apostles, and became their teacher. What the Holy Spirit wrote through Paul – Romans to Philemon – comprise the doctrine for the Church Age, but is by far not the entire New Testament. It is Paul who teaches us about Eternal Security, the Pretribulation Rapture, the Body of Christ, and all the other doctrines we hold so dear. But keep in mind that these are not things taught by Matthew, Mark, Peter and others. Paul’s teaching on Eternal Security flies directly in the face of Hebrews 6 that says it is “impossible” to be restored if you fall away. But Hebrews, as doctrine, was not written to the Christian Church, it was written to the Hebrews. But unless you study the Bible like a “workman” you will not arrive at these conclusions. They take time, prayer and the illumination of the Holy Spirit to see. Study to show yourself approved unto God, don’t expect Him to reward you with Bible pearls by putting in a half-hearted effort. In salvation, all the work is on Him, all we do is accept it. But for everything after, God expects us to work and work hard as we mature as a Christian. Babies drink milk, full-grown people need meat and lots of it. It has taken me years of hard study to be able to even present this to you today. If you are intellectually honest, you will spend more than 60 seconds in reading this before coming to a conclusion. And in conclusion, I will end with this.

All the Bible was written for us, but all the Bible was not written to us. Jews were promised a kingdom on earth, Christians promised the New Jerusalem. Unbelieving Gentiles await the fires of Hell. Jews are looking for a King to sit on the throne of David, and Jesus will certainly do that in the Millennium. But Christians don’t wait for a King, we are a Bride waiting for her Bridegroom to come get us in the Rapture. Jews were given signs and wonders, Christians walk by faith and not by sight. Jews have a Temple building, Christians have their body as a Temple for the Holy Spirit. For Jews, the sabbath is a day. For Christians, the Sabbath is a Person. And the list goes on and on all the way from Genesis to Revelation.

Rightly dividing puts everything the Bible promises in it’s proper place, reserved for the people it was promised to.

 

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No, The ‘Ordained To Eternal Life’ In Acts 13:48 Does Not Mean That God Saved People Before They Were Born As Calvinism Erroneously Teaches

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In Acts 13:48, the Bible shows us how God ordained and appointed the gospel to go to the Gentiles as prophesied in the Old Testament that they might believe, this is not a proof text for Calvinism.

I read an article earlier today called The Bible Verse That Made Me a Calvinist and it’s sad little story about a man who reads one verse in the book of the Acts of the Apostles and has the stunning revelation that yes, John Calvin was right about everything. So right, in fact, that the author decides, as John MacArthur teaches, that it’s John Calvin and not Paul who is actually the apostle to the Church Age, and it’s Calvin’s doctrine we are to follow. This type of result is typical of shallow study and sloppy exegesis, the antithesis of 2 Timothy 2:15.

“And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” Acts 13:48 (KJB)

Someone once remarked that ‘a text without a context is a pretext for a proof text’, and that’s pretty much ‘right on the money’ as the Bible is filled with verses that, removed from the safe mooring of their context, yield wildly differing results. In Acts 13:44-52, the context is the hardness of the Jews hearts, and their refusal to believe the gospel. The Bible doesn’t say they can’t believe, it says they refused to believe, and because of their refusal, God turns to a group of people who will believe, the Gentiles. That the Gentiles would one day hear and believe the gospel is an Old Testament prophecy found in places like Isaiah 49:6 and Isaiah 60:3 in your King James Bible.

“Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.” Acts 13:46 (KJB)

Calvinism may teach, and it does, that no one gets saved until God ‘regenerates you’ in order for you to be able to believe, and then you become born again after God ‘flips your switch’. But this is not what your Bible teaches, it says the opposite of that. In Matthew 23:37, Jesus calls out the Jews for refusing to believe Him and His teachings, clearly showing they could believe if they had wanted to. In Acts 28:23-27, our apostle Paul speaks something very similar to what Jesus said in Matthew, again placing all the responsibility for the disbelief of the Jews on themselves, and not on God for not ‘regenerating’ them. Then in verse 28, Paul gives us a key to unlock Acts 13:48 as we see here:

“Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.” Acts 28:28 (KJB)

What did God do? He ordained the gospel to go to the Gentiles, just like it did to Cornelius in Acts 10:1-44, He appointed them the opportunity to have the gospel preached to them that some might believe. The Bible is not saying that God ordained and appointed individuals to salvation before they believed the gospel, rather that He was no longer dealing just with Israel. Romans 10:9-17 is quite clear that a person becomes saved when they call upon the name of the Lord and confess Him as Saviour after they’ve had the gospel preached to them. Paul repeats this theme again in Ephesians 1:10-14 where he shows us that a person gets saved after they hear the gospel preached, they believe it, receive it, and then are sealed unto the day of redemption by the Holy Spirit.

Remember Cornelius? The Bible says that he was a ‘just man’ and one that ‘feareth God’, who had a ‘good report’ among all who knew him. But there was something pretty huge that Cornelius did not have, he wasn’t saved. So, God appeared to Peter and ordained him to go and give Cornelius the gospel on an appointed day, and that’s exactly what happened. Peter preached the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ to Cornelius, and the man got saved after he believed what Peter preached. What does Calvinism have to say about any of this? Nothing, because there is not one iota of Calvinism anywhere needed to bring this about. Now let’s wrap this whole thing up, shall we?

Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.” Acts 11:14 (KJB)

The Greek word used for ‘ordained’ is tetagmenoi which means ‘to put in order, to station, to place in a certain order, to arrange, to assign a place, to appoint’. This is just what God did when He turned to the Gentiles, as Paul says, and ordains or appoints them the opportunity to hear and believe the gospel. To come to any other conclusion is simply bowing to the filter of Calvinism, and being ‘willing ignorant’ of the abundance of scripture, rightly divided and in context, showing Calvin to be in grievous error. Don’t you make the same mistake.

John MacArthur Led 3,500 Pastors To Believe On John Calvin

This is typical MacArthur garbage. You will notice that Mac doesn’t defend Calvinism from the Bible, which you can’t do, but instead appeals to the “suffering and study” of Calvin as the reason why we should accept the private interpretation of Calvinism.

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The Name Of Jesus Is The Name That Is Above All Names, And Did You Know That In Hebrew It’s Joshua Which Means ‘Jehovah Is Salvation’?

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Did you know that in Hebrew the Greek name of Jesus is Joshua, and that both those names mean ‘Jehovah is salvation’? But wait, there’s more.

On Twitter earlier, I watched a short video from a foul-mouthed ‘christian’ who ranted on and on about the ‘real name’ of Jesus. I endured to the end, pun intended, in breathless anticipation of finally hearing my Saviour’s ‘real name’. Imagine my disappointment when I got to the end and he revealed it to be….drum roll please…Yeshua. Is that right, is that the actual name of Jesus? Let’s take a look.

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 (KJB)

The name of Jesus comes to us in the New Testament Greek with the word iēsous that becomes ‘Jesus’ when translated into English. That’s fairly easy to understand, but let’s go the other way back to the Hebrew. When we do that, iēsous becomes יְהוֹשׁוּעַ which is translated as ‘Joshua’ in English. In both cases and in all 3 languages, the name Jesus means ‘Jehovah is salvation’. Of course, the built-in dictionary in your King James Bible gives further light when we read in verse 23 that “they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Emmanuel, God is with you. Jesus, God will save you. Going a little further Isaiah says his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Now, what’s the reason for the connection of Jesus with Joshua? Let’s find out.

Joshua is used by God to a high degree, and indeed we see in Joshua many types of the Lord Jesus Christ. Joshua starts as a slave laborer in Egypt, but rises to the level of a conquering, faith-filled military leader who trusts God enough to take the Promised Land. Similarly, Jesus was a man at His First Advent who suffered the humiliation of the cross, but at His Second Advent comes as a conquering King to receive a kingdom. So we see that the name of Joshua is interchangeable with the name Jesus, so much so that in two places in the New Testament, the name of Jesus substituted for the name of Joshua. Why?

  • Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;” Acts 7:45 (KJB)
  • For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.” Hebrews 4:8 (KJB)

Both these verses are talking about the man Joshua from the Old Testament historically, but the King James translators went with the name of ‘Jesus’ when translating these verse because they are showing you a very valuable prophetical truth. A truth that the translators of the NIV, ESV and even the NKJV decided was not worth bothering with and they translated the passages as ‘Joshua’. Remember we told you that the Greek word iēsous is translated as both the names of Jesus and Joshua? As usual, your King James Bible is giving you insight that has been expunged from the ‘rubber sword’ of the modern versions.

God could have picked any of the Israelites to lead the Jews into the Promised Land, but He chose Joshua and Caleb. Everything about Joshua reminds us of Jesus at His Second Coming, the book of Joshua is a book of warfare. King Jesus comes as a ‘man of war’ to stomp His enemies at the Battle of Armageddon. Like Joshua did in the Old Testament, King Jesus will lead His people from the red rock city of Selah Petra into the Promised Land of Israel for the last time. And as Joshua was just a type in the Old Testament, and could not ultimately give the people rest, King Jesus as the end times Joshua will ‘finish the job’ in a spectacular way. By using the name of ‘Jesus’ in place of ‘Joshua’ in Hebrews and Acts, God used the King James translators to accomplish something none of the modern versions are willing to do, and that’s give you valuable links and cross-references between the names of ‘Jesus’ and ‘Joshua’ regarding the Second Advent.

One more fun fact before I go. In your Bible there are only three people who never lose a battle, care to guess who they might be? David never lost a battle, the Bible says in 1 Samuel 13:14 that he was a man after God’s own heart. The second man who never lost a battle that he personally commanded is Joshua, who in a wild ‘coincidence’ has the exact same name as Jesus. The third Man who never lost a battle, or a soul who called on Him, is Jesus who just happens to have the same name as Joshua. What’s in a name? Plenty, if you have a King James Bible.

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The Modern Versions Prevent A Black Man From Getting Saved In Acts 8 While Teaching The Heresy Of Water Baptism For Salvation In The Church Age

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Your King James Bible faithfully preserves doctrinal truth in Acts 8 that the modern versions seek to destroy

If you have a King James Bible, when you read Acts 8 you thrill to see the salvation of the very first Gentile in the Church Age, the Ethiopian Eunuch, and you marvel at the dispensational truth that’s revealed when you’re shown that baptism in now no longer necessary for salvation. But…if you have an NIV, an ESV, or John MacArthur’s terrible new Legacy Standard Bible, those scripture nuggets have either been removed outright, or cast to the phantom zone of the footnotes section. Why? I’ll tell you why.

“And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” Acts 8:36,37 (KJB)

People who cannot see dispensations in the Bible will try and tell you that salvation is the same from Genesis to Revelation, but that’s a lie. Salvation isn’t even the same from Acts 2 to Acts 8. In Acts 2:38, Peter is preaching to an exclusively Jewish crowd, and telling them, as a nation, to get baptized for the remission of sins. Yet just 6 chapters later, Phillip assures the Ethiopian Eunuch that belief unto salvation comes before baptism. You are watching the rebirth of the Ethiopian Eunuch while at the same time watching God giving birth to a new dispensation that we call the Church Age. This is all so ground breaking and revelatory that Satan then comes along with his modern version magic eraser to wipe it clean where he can, and cast doubt on it everyplace else.

We live in a day and age where race and race relations are super-charged, and everyone is looking for racism in every cartoon bubble, and that can become weary and tiresome. But is it just a coincidence that the modern versions in Acts 8 swoop in like a seagull after popcorn to snatch up the exact moment that the Ethiopian Eunuch, a black man, gets saved? It kind of feels like it to me. So let’s do a simple bullet point demonstration of the damage done here by the modern versions, shall we?

  • THE DISAPPEARING SALVATION: In your King James Bible, you read that the Ethiopian Eunuch wants to know what’s stopping him from being baptized, and Phillip tells him he needs to get saved first, and baptized second. “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” The Eunuch gets saved in verse 37, which is then promptly removed by the Laodicean Bible correctors. This is criminal activity perpetrated by Christian criminals who call themselves doctors.
  • THE DISAPPEARING DISPENSATION: By removing verse 37, there is now no dispensational difference between this event in Acts 8 in the Church Age, and the water-based salvation of the Kingdom Age. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” You are being duped, dumbed down and dumped into that whirling vortex known as the ‘Greek and Hebrew Scholars Union’. This is where true biblical scholarship goes to die, don’t let it kill you. NOTE: If you have an ESV, NIV or any of those other perverted ‘bibles’, we invite you to throw it in the trash, then click here and we will send you a brand new King James Study Bible at zero cost to you.

The Greek and Hebrew scholars love to tear down your faith in the King James Bible so they can replace it with your faith in their scholarship, this is a con game of the highest magnitude. We have dozens of books at the Bookstore that will reveal everything you need to know about Bible versions, and we invite you to purchase some of those books right now.

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