Who Teaches Right Division of the Word of Truth?
The titled question is one of the most common questions that people ask when they are shown how to “rightly divide” the Scriptures. It is a common question because society has taught us to rely solely on the conclusions of so-called scholarship, to ‘go with the flow,’ and that what is popular is accepted as right. But can we? We know the modern bibles of these men of scholarship are corrupted with missing verse and gross errors that make their version of “the word of God” unreliable.
However, if we are to rely on the “Word of God” as our final authority and not popularity or the status quo then we must, as Paul instructs us, “compare spiritual things with spiritual” in 1 Cor 2:13, taking the “word of truth” in both its near and remote context within Scripture.
Romans 3:4 tells us that we should “let God be true and every man a liar.” This does not mean that every man is wrong, but that God is always right. So then, instead of asking ‘Who else teaches this’ we should be asking, ‘Does God teach this in His Word?’
We read in Galatians 1:11 that Christ revealed to Paul a message that was ‘not after man’:
“But I certify you, brethren, That the Gospel Which Was Preached of Me [Paul] Is Not After Man. For I Neither Received It of Man, Neither Was I Taught It, But [I Paul, received it] by The Revelation of [from] Jesus Christ.” – Galatians 1:11-12
Paul’s message was not taught to him, but he received it by revelation directly from the ascended Jesus Christ in heaven. The content was not known by anyone before Paul, as explained in Colossians 1:25-26, it was a mystery:
“Whereof I [Paul] am made a minister, According to The Dispensation of God Which Is Given to Me for You, To Fulfill [Gk. pleroo, complete] the Word of God. Even [that is] the Mystery [the secret plan of God] Which Hath Been Hid from Ages and From Generations, But Now Is Made Manifest to His Saints [the believers].” – Col. 1:25-26
Paul tells us;
“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 (KJV)
Although there have been many men in the past that have labored to make known Paul’s distinct message of Grace revealed by Jesus to him, the truth of the message does not depend on popularity among scholarship but rather the unveiled Scripture itself.
Sadly, there are many who will make themselves “ashamed” before God because they did not study the Scriptures by “rightly dividing the word of truth.”
For those seekers who would study, research, and mine “the word of truth,” wanting to know of some writers who mine the riches of the word by “rightly dividing the word of truth,” I recommend the following writers, their books and articles.
- Richard Jordan, President of ‘Grace School of the Bible’
- Shawn Brasseaux - https://forwhatsaiththescriptures.org/
- E.W. Bullinger – ‘How to enjoy the Bible’ – this book available to Amazon on Kindle, introduced me to ‘Rightly Dividing’ in 1994.
- J.C. O’Hair - Bible study articles at Berean Bible Society; https://doctrine.org/ohair/
- Charles F. Baker – ‘Studies in Dispensational Relationships’ at Amazon
- It may also be worthwhile to go to my website of over 1,400 articles at www.artlicursi.com and particularly my Study Series titled: “How to Approach the Bible” at http://www.artlicursi.com/series/how-approach-bible.