I believe that Paul had trained Timothy in the art of showing that all of scripture, which would have the been the Old Testament at that time, pointed to Christ as being the promised Messiah.
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Paul was an expert in this and he tried to teach this in the synagogues as well as did Christ. To be honest, I'm not sure that mathematics factor into this particular passage.
Pardon the pun. Do you remember factoring in math class? I've always looked at 'rightly dividing the word' as a similar exercise: that when we study God's word we are to in a sense 'divide' or 'factor' a passage of scripture with other scripture to reveal the common essential truth or truths. From this perspective, it is the opposite of separating scripture from other scripture - it is looking at scripture to see where it is in common with other truth contained in scripture.
Thank you for taking the time and commenting. I am glad that were able to find this article useful in your studies. Yes, I understand your position concerning all of scripture being inspired. My comment was intended to be in the context of rebuttal against those who claim that the gospels were not written to or for the church.
I do believe that all of the Biblical writers were inspired by God and I do not discount the value of the rest of the Bible, even so, I do give greater emphasis to the words of Christ as I believe that the Old Testament pointed to Christ and the New Testament speak of Christ. He is the very fulcrum of all of scripture.
However your statement that you treasure every red letter over every black letter of the Bible causes me halt. You quote 2Timothy how ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God yet you treasure the red letters more. Yes I understand those were words spoken by Jesus but the entire Bible is God breathed. Every book of the Bible was written by a human author who was inspired by God, even the books that contain the red letters. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all quote Jesus but their quotes are not word for word the same.
They quote Him as they are inspired to do so. You may want to rethink that stand on the red verses black letters. Am I "correcting the Bible"? No, that was not my intention. My intention was to correct how some have misinterpreted its meaning in this particular passage by showing that the concept of parsing scripture was in no way in context of what Paul is telling his companion, Timothy. There is a big difference. Thank you for reading my article and your comments. I have to admit that I have never considered connecting the idea of "dividing" the word of truth with legalism. I think we're all familiar with the advice that a doctrine should not be built on a single verse.
So when a doctrine is built on a single translation of a single verse then we're on even shakier ground. Add to this how you've shown that the original word does not even refer to dividing and now there is no foundation for the doctrine whatsoever. As with all bad doctrine there is always a reason it is attractive. Finding what this attraction is often explains that attraction.
Long story but I think in this case the attraction is that people don't like the fact that "faith without works is dead". Thank you for reading my article. Do I believe that Romans 9 is a chapter about predestination to salvation? No, I do not.
Do I believe that Paul saying that some are predestined to carry out certain acts of service for His purpose? I received an email from a person that I will only identify as "SJ". The reply email that this individual used was fake as it immediately bounce back. He has His pure and preserved words kept for all generarations words that are above His name even.
Yet moron man thinks he knows more through his learning for he has been to a theological cemetery. I will assume that you are both a King James only person as well as a Dispensationalist who ardently defends the concept that the gospels and books like James and Hebrews were written to and for the Jews while the Gentile church should simply follow Paul. I will tell you this: I treasure every red letter in my Bible more than every all other black-letter words in the Bible combined and neither you or anyone else can take that away from me.
Paul warned in 1 Corinthians 3 not to be followers of men, but that we should all be followers of Christ.
So, by that statement alone, those who state that the gospels are are only to and for the Jews are in error. I praise God that I only have to concern myself with being able to stand before God and not before men. It was not my intention to "correct the Bible", only to set straight how some, in my opinion, have taken the words of Paul out of context in order to promote a particular teaching that is contrary to the intended message and the context of scripture as a whole.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I have have always found it to be more beneficial to let scripture explain itself rather than relying on other men to to explain it for me. The Bible is always our best teacher. It is my opinion that creating doctrine from one particular text, or in this case, a single word, it never a wise thing to do. The context of Paul's message had nothing to do with the concept of divided scripture and as far as I can tell, and there are no other passages that support this practice. In fact, it was Paul that wrote that "all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Thank you, Jerry. I am glad that you found this article beneficial in your studies. I am curious as to whether or not your pastor had similar conclusions. Totally disagree with your article. Tony, I enjoyed your article. I agree with your assessment and conclusions.
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My pastor was discussing this very verse 2 Tim. Thank you very much, brother, for your time and effort dedicated to God's precious message. Many continued blessings. Jerry P. No worries, I'm sure that I would have assumed the same thing. I believe that your post was on there for a time, I really don't know when it was taken down.
My primary disagreement is that the "age of grace" leads the believer that those before the cross were saved by works. It is very clear to me that all mankind was saved by grace through faith.
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If we are to say that those before the cross were saved by works, then they are all condemned in their sins. I disagree that the church will be raptured to heaven for seven years while Jews and unbelieving Gentiles face an antichrist government and that some will be drawn to Christ after He returns I'm not surprised that you haven't heard of Inclusion Theology.
Those in Dispensational circles teach that if you don't see a distinction between Israel and the church that you must believe in Replacement Theology; that the church has somehow "replaced" Israel as God's chosen people. But I am convinced that it was God's plan all along that the Gentiles be brought in to share in the commonwealth.
Paul teaches in Romans that Gentiles believers are part of the same tree along with Jewish believers. The root of that tree is Christ. We, as Gentile believers, have been adopted into the family of God. One who is adopted does not replace the natural children. Paul makes it clear to me that only those who are in Christ are to be called Abraham's descendants and called Israel by God. Thanks for the quick reply. Sorry about the HTML confusion. I'm not savvy to message board restrictions.
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