Posts Tagged ‘Titus 1:9’

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

August 27, 2014

2 Timothy 2:14-18 AMP
14 Remind [the people] of these facts and [solemnly] charge them in the presence of the Lord to avoid petty controversy over words, which does no good but upsets and undermines the faith of the hearers.

If there is a controversy, do not argue about things that don’t matter.


15 Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.

Do not use “opinion” to argue or correct a false teaching – use God’s word “rightly divided”!


16 But avoid all empty (vain, useless, idle) talk, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness.
17 And their teaching [will devour; it] will eat its way like cancer or spread like gangrene. So it is with Hymenaeus and Philetus,
18 Who have missed the mark and swerved from the truth by arguing that the resurrection has already taken place. They are undermining the faith of some.

Public false teaching must be refuted or corrected publicly. If the names of false teachers are known – they are announced publicly so that the faith of the immature is not undermined and the false teaching does not spread.

This is why the following qualification for an elder is so important!

Titus 1:9 AMP
9 He must hold fast to the sure and trustworthy Word of God as he was taught it, so that he may be able both to give stimulating instruction and encouragement in sound (wholesome) doctrine and to refute and convict those who contradict and oppose it [showing the wayward their error].

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Word Study
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From NetBible 2Tim 2:15

  • study[4704] = make every effort with all diligence
  • approved[1384] = shown to be genuine, not counterfeit
  • workman[2040] = teacher, laborer (for God)
  • rightly dividing[3718] = to cut straight, to proceed on a straight path, to make smooth and straight, to teach correctly

From the study above, rightly dividing the word of God,

  • Takes continual effort
  • reveals the difference between being genuine and counterfeit
  • makes paths straight!
  • “cuts” straight

This last thing – “cuts straight” made me think of placing blocks together to build something. If the blocks are not cut straight, they won’t “stand” or fit together very easily. They will be easy to knock over!

Ephesians 4:14-16 AMP
14 So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead.
15 Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
16 For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.

This study shows ==> If you rightly divide and use God’s words – you won’t “fit” with those who don’t(those who only use opinion or feelings).

Related:
Making Crooked Paths Straight!

The Emperor’s New Clothes

December 17, 2009

Men tell us that our preaching should be positive and not negative, that we can preach the truth without attacking error. That we should only say encouraging things. Remember that saying ‘If you can’t say anything nice – don’t say anything at all’? Is this biblical?

After pondering this I thought of the story of ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’.

In case you don’t remember the story:

The emperor and his subjects were afraid to admit that they couldn’t see the new clothes because they would appear stupid. So the emperor walked around with no clothes until a child told him.

Imagine how the emperor felt then.

That emperor would have been far better off if someone would have risked appearing stupid {or negative} to tell him the truth — sometimes the truth hurts — but it’s better than pleasant lies.

Proverbs 27:6    Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are lavish and deceitful.

Qualifications for an elder:
Titus 1:9    He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can ENCOURAGE others by sound doctrine AND REFUTE those who oppose it.

Flattery paired with pride causes you to go out in public naked.

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Related:
Contend for the Faith!{Spurgeon}