Rightly Dividing – Part I
To understand God’s Word it must be Rightly Divided
To be approved of God we must Rightly Divide
We must rightly divide God’s many different instructions to different people. We must divide between Prophecy (Luke 1:67-73) and the Mystery (Ephesians 3:4 and 5 and Colossians 1:25 and 26).
Instructions on Diet:
Genesis 1:29: Vegetarian only.
Genesis 9:3 and 4: Eat animals but not blood.
Leviticus Chapter 11: Eat only clean animals, not unclean.
I Corinthians 10:27: Eat all that is set before you.
I Timothy 4:4: All is good.
Instructions on Law:
Leviticus 18:4: Do my judgments and keep my ordinances.
Deuteronomy 17:19: Keep all the law.
Romans 3:28: Justified by faith without the law.
Ephesians 2:13-15: Law is abolished.
Instructions on Sabbath Keeping:
Exodus 20:8-10: Keep the Sabbath.
Colossians 2:16 and 17: Let no man judge your respect of the Sabbath.
Instructions on Circumcision:
Genesis 17:9-14: He who is not circumcised is cut off.
I Corinthians 7:18-20: Circumcision is nothing.
Instructions on Prayer:
Matthew 21:21 and 22: We get all we ask for. Can move mountains.
Romans 8:26: We don’t know what to ask for.
Instructions on Forgiveness:
Matthew 6:12: Forgive others to be forgiven.
Matthew 6:15: Forgive not and you will not be forgiven.
Ephesians 4:32: Forgive because you are already forgiven.
Instructions on Healing:
Mark 16: 15-18: and Acts 5:12-16: Healed every time.
I Timothy 5:23: You must take your medicine.
II Corinthians 12:7-10: No physical healing, only all sufficient grace.
Instructions on Salvation:
Luke 18:18-22: Keep commandments and sell all.
Acts 16:25-31: Just believe and be saved (Ephesians 2:8 and 9).
Instructions on Baptism:
Matthew 3:11: Three Baptisms. Mark 16:16: Belief + Baptism = Salvation.
Ephesians 4:5: One baptism today.
I Corinthians 12:13: This is the one.
Colossians 2:10-12: Spiritual baptism makes us complete. No water here.
I Corinthians 1:12-14: Water baptism divides.
Acts 15:1: Minimum requirements for salvation.
Acts 15:28 and 29: No water baptism required for salvation.
Instructions on Giving:
Genesis 28:22: Jacob gave one tenth.
Leviticus 27:30, 32 and 34: Israel commanded to give one tenth.
Numbers 18:21-24: The tithe supported the priests work.
II Corinthians 9:5-7: Today we give cheerfully as much as you purpose in your heart, not grudgingly or of necessity.
Instructions on Personal Finance:
Acts 2:42-47 and 5:1-11: Believers are to have all in common. (they were clearly practicing Communism).
I Timothy 5:8: Provide for own or go hungry. (II Thessalonians 3:10-12).
Rightly Dividing is an absolute necessity!
If we fail to do so the Bible is full of contradictions!