Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15) Purpose: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. Method: Meet at Clackamas or (in Jefferson sometimes) on Saturday nights. It’s NOT going to be all Bible studies all the time. We WILL make time to do things in the Spirit of having fellowship with each other. There will be weeks when certain passage of Scriptures will make more sense when we get together to study them if you brothers and sisters in Christ take time to read it. We will spend time with each other in fellowship during those weeks when a large volume of Scriptures needs to be read. Reading it is not REQUIRED, but you’ll miss out the blessing of being able to relate to the message of them. Goal: You will learn to LITERALLY divide the Word of God, (all of it, from Genesis to Revelation). You will even learn what Leviticus is about (It’s fascinating, trust me). I know that sometimes hearing Book, Chapters and Verses being quoted is inspiring, but we need to understand the context by which God inspired those specific Words. “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” Ephesians 4:14-15
Once we’ve finished studying the “Divisions” of the 66 books of the Scripture, we will dive into them book by book. This will reveal and witness to your heart how much thought God has put into His Words that you may learn to know Jesus Christ and come to maturity in Him. Then you’ll sing: How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! What more can He say than to you He hath said, You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?” (#37) Or “Then sings my soul, my savior, God. How great thou art!” Once you have grasp or understanding of the purpose of each book, you’ll be handed off to Brother Don Elwell, who will teach varies passages of those books in a “Verse by Verse” style. Then “preaching” and “practical applications” will make sense on Sundays when you go to church ;) There’s one thing I want to make clear. You will little about the Book of Revelation last. In my opinion, it’s the book that is responsible for a lot of division and conflict between brothers and sisters in the Lord. However you will be introduced to why it’s such “controversial book” 1.
In these last days, many different interpretations are out there but only two are well supported by Scripture: i. The Covenant , Replacement, Reformed, Amillennial Theology ii. The Dispensational, Non-Replacement, Pre-millennial Theology iii. The Third, known as Post-Millennial Theology which is a blend of both the previous, has been declared a heresy largely because it promotes a Gospel of Works Different interpretations are applied, therefore a different End Time understanding Bad things happened in church history during the 2 nd and 16th century; resulting in these viewpoints.
Being someone who has not grown up in a Christian family that adheres to any of these theology or interpretations, I’ve the luxury of being able to study all the different interpretation without fearing that I’m violating the norm. I’ve
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15) studied all the interpretation of this book. It’s quite a coin flip. We will talk about these different interpretations and the different view points out there for this REASON ONLY: that you may know WHY THERE’S CONFLICT and WHY DIFFERENT INTEPRETATIONS EXIST and RECOGNIZE them when talking with other Christians so that you will NOT be “skeptical”, “criticizing”, “harsh”, “jaded”, “divided” or have any other non-Christian, SUBCHRISTIAN attitudes toward other brothers and sisters in the Lord in other denominations. Christ is ALL-IN-ALL. Scripture is clear that we now know in part, and prophesy in part, but when Jesus returns, all will be known, Till then Love one another (1 Corinthians 13) Here’s the “Dividing the Word of Truth” part (Also see the picture) The whole purpose of the Bible: 1.
Then the Old Testament and the New Testament a. The Old Testament will be then divided into 3 Parts: i. The Books of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) ii. The History Books (Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Ester) iii. The Didactic Books (Job through Malachi), these books will be divided again into: 1. The Poetry (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Songs of Solomon) 2. The Prophets (Isaiah- Malachi) b. The New Testament will be divided into 3 Parts i. The Four Gospels and Acts ii. Romans to Jude iii. Revelation
We will also look at what the hidden meaning behind these verses: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Timothy 3:16) Notice the bolded words: they have a special meaning that also DIVIDES the Old Testament and New Testament into four separate divisions that follows the exact meaning of those words. “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.” Habakkuk 2:4 You will learn how Paul explains “the Just shall live by faith” by looking at three of his epistles. They are inspired commentary on Habakkuk 2:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. (John 15:4) You will learn Paul’s explanation of the bolded words by looking at the three major divisions of the Epistles Then we will learn how the Epistles are divided into three different focus that align with this verse: And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. (1 Corinthians 13:13) My greatest hope is that you’ll see how different parts of Scripture align themselves with each other in a manner that does not do harm to the Word, but ILLUMINATES each other. These divisions of the Bible creates endless possibility of combination of “conjunction’ bible studies where you look at varies book side by side of each other; it’s an amazing experience into the mind of God and how much thought and wisdom He had invested in His Word that you may read it and become mature in Jesus Christ.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15) The one “conjunction” study that I really want to get to as quick as possible is aligning the end of Exodus with the Gospel of Luke with the Epistle to the Hebrew. When the three comes together, you aren’t dealing with “the milk of the Word” as Peter calls it (1 Peter 2:2), but the “Meat” as the author of Hebrews say. “In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:12-14 We’re told as babes to desire the “milk” of God’s Words about Christ. But there is a time when you must move on from “milk” and start chewing “meat”. This is the GOAL. The “meat” is HIDDEN within the books, mysteries that we need to learn. The book of Hebrews, in my opinion, is the hardest book to understand because there’s a big steak behind its Words that is very difficult to discern when you study it by itself. But dividing the Scripture into smaller parts, we’ll learn their purposes one by one, then finally culminating them into all into ONE harmonized understanding. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: (Isaiah 28:10) It’s necessary for us to do the following studies: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
The Bible as a whole Old Testament as a whole New Testament as a whole The Five books of Moses The Four Gospel & Acts
Once we get these five studies out of the way, I want to demonstrate what it means by “solid food” by doing a study where we take Exodus, Luke, and Hebrews together. It will really show the Wisdom and mind of God. That’s what is this all about; that you understand the Bible more in depth and learn to discern the patterns and mysteries that are hidden in the organization of that book. It’ll blow your mind. I’ve been blessed to discern a few, we’ll undercover more together as we grow in fellowship, I pray. 33
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? 35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. (Romans 11:33-36)
***Note: There are things that really intrigue me that I’ve always wanted to learn. For example: it keeps saying “Are the blah blah of this (King) not found in the Chronicles of Judah/Israel?” This phrase keeps reemerging in the book of 1 & 2 Kings. They drive me nuts, I want to know the hidden message behind it. Also, what does the “cedar of Lebanon” in the Old Testament represent, its keep appearing in odd places? Also, why did Enoch proclaim what he did in the letter of Jude? It’s quoted out of the Book of Enoch, which is not part of the Scripture. WHY???? I hope there’s someone who’ll be blessed to discern their meaning and show me.