2 Timothy 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 so important that we “rightly divide” God’s Word. Paul is telling Timothy how important it is to study God’s Word. It takes effort (be diligent). We need to be committed to knowing God’s Word.
Paul commended the Christians in Berea because they did not take what they heard lightly, they studied to see if it was true according to scripture.
Acts 17:11 – These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
In 1 John we are shown seven tests of our walk with God.
- They all begin with one of two phrases:
- “If we say”
- “He that says”
- It’s not what you think
- It’s not what you believe
- It’s not what Grandma taught you
- It’s not what you see on television
- It’s not what the church might tell you
- It’s not what your Sunday School teacher might tell you
- It’s not what your Pastor may tell you
- IT’S WHAT “THUS SAYS THE LORD!”
- It’s what God’s Word states – not one verse out of context but the whole of God’s Word rightly divided.
- False fellowship
1 John 1:6 – If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
2 Corinthians 6:14-16 – Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them.
I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
- False sanctity
1 John 1:8 – If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
James 3:2 – For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
- False righteousness
1 John 1:10 – If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
Romans 3:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
- False allegiance
1 John 2:4 – He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
John 15:4-7 – Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
- False behavior
1 John 2:6 – He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
John 13:15 – For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
- False Spirituality
1 John 2:9 – He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.
1 Corinthians 13:2 – And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
- False Speech
1 John 4:20 – If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
James 1:26 – If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.