Quotes and Notes for the Day
UNDERSTANDING THE AGES I
(Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth)
The study of the Word of God is something that needs to be taken seriously by the people of God. It is not easy! “When was the last time we studied the Bible for Two or Three hours”? We just don’t do it! We are not disciplined enough. That being the case with Bible believers of our day, we find multitude of Christians confess that they find the study of the Bible a hard and tiring work. Now whoever reads the Bible with any attention can not fail to perceive God is the God of order, and that nothing that He does is without plan and purpose, though he may not grasp or understand it.
Of course one can not understand anything in the bible if he or she is not saved, born again by the Spirit of God. ” Bu the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know the, because they are spiritually discerned.” To the natural (unsaved) mind the Word of God seems a mere confusion of conflicting ideas, and they end up frustrated with lack of understanding of God’s plan and purpose.
Now if the Bible is studied the way it is written, one can see a marvelous design, and plan from Genesis to revelation, all knitted together like a garment. A saved man can understand somethings in the Bible; like John 3;16, but he can not fully and wholly understand the ages, and what God is doing throughout the ages without dispensational truth. There are many who can quote the Scripture freely Genesis to Revelation; but it is one thing to quote the Scripture while and it is yet another thing to understand and live it.
If one has to use the English language properly he has to go according to the rules. If he has to solve a mathematical problem, he has to start with some accepted facts (axioms) and follow certain procedures , to solve the problem at hand. In other words, he has to go according to the rule. But when it comes to the Bible people think there are no rules, and you can do whatever you want to do. “Well, you can believe what you want to believe, and I believe what I want to believe, and some how we are going to end up in the same place.” And yet we know such attitude or out look does not work in any area of life, why should it work in the spiritual realm of life.
As one Bible teacher said, ” you can take verses from the bible out of their setting (context) and lump them together, verses that don’t belong together at all and prove their point!” For centuries this has been the root cause for the rise of many strange doctrines, and beliefs many generations have witnessed. One can not interpret the word of God any way he feels like it. In these days and ages you hear multitudes of sermons and preachings, from so called ‘great men’, when they got all done there is hardly a thing, they did right in one hour! They did not rightly divide the Word of truth, they jump from Genesis to Revelation, throwing things together along with 150 illustrations and when they are all done, you did not really have anything you can put your teeth into.
2nd Timothy 2:15, ” Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” It says here, ‘ rightly dividing’ which implies that the Word of God has right divisions, and that one can not be ‘ a workman that needth not be ashamed’ without observing those divisions. So any study of the Word which ignores those divisions will be in large measure profitless and confusing.
to be continued…………………………………….
From The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff