Rightly divide the Word of truth

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To rightly divide the Word of truth we must have authority

rightly divide the word of truthThe manner in which Christ ministered God’s Word expressed a marked contrast with the manner that the religious leaders of his day taught the Scriptures. He taught with authority, they merely taught with precision, dead precision. Precision in the preaching and teaching of God’s Word today is not difficult to find, authority in the ministry of the Word however much more difficult to come across.

And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Mark 1:22)

What did the apostle mean by the expression to rightly divide the Word of truth? Could it mean to have a silver tongue and overly refined speech? Is it enough for a preacher or bible teacher to be able to give a biblical exposition with plenty of information, good textual interpretation, and fantastic illustrations wrapped up in an excellent homiletically correct presentation? Obviously, each one of these things has its degree of importance, but they are far from defining what rightly dividing the word of truth really means.

To rightly divide the Word of truth our life must be consistent with the truth

The larger question here is not only rightly dividing “the Word”, but also rightly dividing “the Word of truth”. The difference between these two terms is equivalent to the discrepancy that exists between hypocrisy and coherence. Even while preaching the gospel, we can be lying about our own lives. Each time we use the gospel as an intellectual and mental means of holiness to cover up our spiritual inconsistency and hide our sin, trying to prove that we are something that we really are not, we practice a lie, and not the truth.

As I write these words, certainly, God will deeply test and examine me for each word and principle that I present. This principle of examining brings us not only closer to the truth, but closer to a genuine relationship with God himself, thus building confidence and trustworthiness in our relationship with him.

The truth is, we will only rightly divide “the Word of truth”, if the same word has transformed our own lives. When we teach something that we have experienced and have been transformed by and have been approved in, certainly God will be able to use us to transform others through what we teach!

I am referring to words of power and wisdom that take on prophetic connotations, thus releasing divine revelation that pierces people’s hearts like a sword. Such words are much more than a preacher’s or pastor’s message they are the “sword of the spirit” that transforms us and transforms others by the renewing of the mind. It is the truth told “in truth” that unlocks the principle of anointing and revelation.

No matter how many courses and seminars you take, or how many books you read, or how large your church is…, only people who God has spiritually approved are able to rightly divide the “Word of truth”.

To rightly divide the Word of truth we must have Christ’s character

Many people function in various types of power. Power can come from position or title, however, spiritual authority comes exclusively from character. Legitimate authority is granted by God to people that he has previously approved. Many times this comes through a long and deep process of divine treatment. Therefore, God tests people as much as is necessary:

Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, But establish the just; For the righteous God tests the hearts and minds. (Psalm 7:9)

Just as the heart is the center of our motivations, the kidneys are the center of our discernment. While the heart pumps blood, corresponding to life, the kidneys filter the blood, guaranteeing the health of the body. Testing has a strong connotation of purification and is where the notion of punishment originates, and in spite of being a frightening word, in the Latin it means “to purify through suffering”, contributing the sense of correction.

To rightly divide the Word of truth we must have Christ’s holiness

God does not compromise his pattern of holiness. The way to the knowledge of God is based on a life with no relational barriers with him. Our motivations and our discernment must be more and more tested and refined by his hand:

As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. (1 Chronicles 28:9)

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