'Rightly Dividing the Word'
2 Tim 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
It is the duty of every Christian to be diligent in rightly divide the word of truth. To be able to rightly divide the word of truth, we must accept that the Bible is the word of God, which is infallible. Scriptures must be used to interpret scriptures.
To be accurate in rightly dividing the word of truth, we must have a good knowledge and understanding of the 'whole counsel of God', which constitutes God's attributes, covenants, ways, promises, plans, works, dealings, judgments, teachings, commandments and directions in the OT, and the teachings, words, commandments, sayings and parables of our Lord Jesus and the Epistles of the Apostles in the NT.
When the word of truth is rightly divided, it harmonizes with the rest of the scriptures.
'Wrongly dividing the word of truth' will result to wrong doctrines, distorted truth and heresies. Some of these are being taught in churches today.
Wolves in Sheepskin
Act 20:28-30 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.
The Holy Spirit has anointed all born again Christians to shepherd the church of God or Body of Christ. Christians must expose all wrong doctrines and heresies to prevent sheep from the destruction of the salvage wolves.
In this series R (Rightly Dividing the Word), together let's look into doctrines (one by one) where the word of truth had been wrongly divided resulting in the propagation of so many wrong doctrines and heresies.