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  • Ness on Matthew 24:9
    Is Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles? 2 Timothy 2:15 it says to study and rightly divide the word of truth. "rightly dividing" to mean we should cut the Bible up into the parts meant for Israel and the parts meant for the Church, and only focus on the parts meant for us. is these the right interpretation to about confusion on the scripture?
  • Chris - in Reply on Matthew 24:9
    Ness, it's true that the apostle Paul was called to preach the Gospel & teach the Gentiles (Romans 11:13, 1 Timothy 1:7, 2 Timothy 1:11).

    To "rightly divide the Word" essentially means that when we consider a verse, or a portion of Scripture, we should examine it further to make sure that our initial understanding of it aligns with what the other relevant Scriptures in the Bible also tell us about it. There are of course other aspects to the meaning of this phrase, but basically God requires us to handle His Word correctly, & that can only come by the Holy Spirit's guidance & knowledge of the Word. That is why a believer needs to read the whole Word of God & not just 'favourite' Books of the Bible.

    True, a lot of the Old Testament was written about matters affecting the Jewish heritage & their position before God, but they are not to be avoided by Christians for "ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:16,17). We get immense benefit in knowing & understanding the whole Old Testament for that is how we learn of Israel's history & more importantly, about the God Whom we serve. And after all, when we love someone, don't we want to know as much about that person as we can? So it should be our constant desire to know God our Father, Jesus His Son & His Spirit as much as we are able from the Scriptures & what He reveals to us in our daily experiences that causes us to love Him more & grow in our faith.
  • Gracelyn Fletcher - in Reply on Matthew 24:9
    The entire bible is the word of God. One of Jesus many names is The word of God. Therefore all of the word is equally important and worthy of studying.


 

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