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Correctly Cutting the Word of Truth

2 Timothy 2:15

There is a good rule to follow for finding out what a text or a section or a chapter or a book means. It is attributed to both Miles Coverdale and John Wycliffe. It is worth knowing and should be copied into one's copy of the Bible for constant reference and for constant application to all studies made of the Sacred Scriptures. Here it is:

THE GOLDEN RULE OF SCRIPTURE INTERPRETATION

"It shall greatly helpe ye to understand Scripture,
if thou mark not only what is spoken or written,
but of whom, and to whom, with what words,
at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances,
considering what goeth before and what followeth after."

spoudason

seauton dokimon  parasthsai tw yew

ergathn anepaiscunton

oryotomounta

ton logon thv alhyeiav

Greek

Study

to shew thyself approved unto God,

a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,

rightly dividing

the word of truth.

K.J.V.

Do your best

to present yourself to God as one  approved,

a workman who has no need to be ashamed,

rightly handling

the word of truth.

R.S.V.

Give diligence

to present thyself approved unto God,

a workman that  needeth not to be  ashamed,

handling aright

the word of truth.

A.S.V.

Be diligent

to present thyself approved to God--

a workman irreproachable,

rightly dividing

the word of the truth;

Young's Literal

Endeavor

to present yourself  to God qualified,

an unashamed worker,

correctly cutting

the word of truth.

Concordant Literal

Earnestly seek

to commend yourself to God

as a servant who, . . . has no reason to feel any shame.

because of his straight-forward
dealing with

the word of truth,

Weymouth

Do your best

to present yourself to God as one  approved,

a workman who does not need to be ashamed

and who correctly handles

the word of truth.

N.I.V.

 

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Circumcision Scriptures

Concerning the Kingdom of God, in Fulfillment of the Hebrew Scriptures

MATTHEW PRESENTS THE KING

Say to the daughter of Zion, "Lo! Your King..."
- Matthew 21:5

SENT TO ISRAEL

"I was not commissioned except for the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
- Matthew 15:24

MARK PRESENTS THE SERVANT

"The Son of Mankind came, not to be served, but to serve..."
- Mark 10:45

WHO SERVED ISRAEL

"Hear, Israel! the Lord our God is one Lord."
- Mark 12:29

LUKE PRESENTS THE PERFECT MAN

"Really, this Man was just."
- Luke 23:47

THE GLORY OF ISRAEL

"The Glory of Thy people Israel."
- Luke 2:32

JOHN PRESENTS THE SON OF GOD

"He came out from God, and is going away to God."
- John 13:3

MANIFESTED TO ISRAEL

"that He may be manifested to Israel..."
- John 1:31

ACTS PRESENTS THE TRANSITION

"To you (the Jews) first was it necessary that the word of God be spoken. Yet since ... you are thrusting it away ... lo! we are turning to the nations."
-Acts 13:46

HEBREWS - A NEW COVENANT WITH ISRAEL

"Lo! the days are coming," the Lord is saying, "And I shall be concluding with the house of Israel and with the house
of Judah a
new covenant."
- Hebrews 8:8

JAMES - SALVATION BY WORKS

The faith cannot save him.
- James 2:14

APPLICABLE TO THE TWELVE TRIBES

James ... to the twelve tribes in the dispersion.
- James 1:1

PETER'S PROMISES TO THE CHOSEN RACE

Yet you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation...
- 1 Peter 2:9

JOHN STRESSES THE LAW

And in this we know that we know Him, if we should be keeping His precepts.
- 1 John 2:3

TO THOSE WHO CAME OUT

they came out for the sake of the Name, getting nothing from those of the nations.
- 3 John 7

JUDE - A REMINDER TO THOSE ONCE AWARE

to remind you, you who once are aware of all, that the Lord, when saving the people out of the land of Egypt, secondly destroys those who believe not.
- Jude 5

REVELATION - JEWISH PROMISES FULFILLED

"I have granted to those... (who are saying that they themselves are Jews, and are not, but are lying) Lo! I shall be making them that they will be arriving and worshipping before your feet, and they may know that I love you."
- Revelation 3:9

 

 

Uncircumcision Scriptures

Concerning the Body of Christ, The Mystery Hidden in Past Ages

Paul Presents Christ to the Nations

"But, on the contrary, perceiving that I have been entrusted with the evangel of the Uncircumcision, according as Peter of the Circumcision ... James and Cephas and John ... give to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we, indeed, are to be for the nations, yet they for the Circumcision."
- Galatians 2:7-9 -

The Evangel for Today

"To me, less than the least of all saints, was granted this grace: to bring the evangel of the untraceable riches of Christ to the nations, and to enlighten all as to what is the administration of the secret, which has been concealed from the eons in God."
- Ephesians 3:8-9 -

ROMANS-JUSTIFICATION, CONCILIATION

through Whom we obtained grace and apostleship for faith-obedience among all the nations...- Romans 1:5

But now, apart from law, a righteousness of God is manifest...- Romans 3:21

Being justified gratuitously in His grace...- Romans 3:24

seeing that out of him, and through Him and for Him is all...- Romans 11:36

their (Israel's) casting away is the conciliation of the world...- Romans 11:15

God locks up all together all in stubbornness, that He should be merciful to all.
- Romans 11:32

 

1 CORINTHIANS - THE BODY OF CHRIST

but we are speaking God's wisdom in a secret, which has been concealed,   which God designates before the eons for our glory ...
- 1 Corinthians 2:7

Now you are the body of Christ, and members of a part, whom also God, indeed, placed in the ecclesia,
- 1 Corinthians 12:27

For even as, in Adam, all are dying,  thus also, in Christ, shall all be vivified. ... that God may be All in all.- 1 Corinthians 15:22,28

 

2 CORINTHIANS - A NEW CREATION

So that, if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: the primitive passed by. Lo! there has become new!- 2 Corinthians 5:17

Yet all is of God, Who conciliates us to Himself through Christ, and is giving us the dispensation of the conciliation, how that God was in Christ, conciliating the world to Himself, not reckoning their offenses to them, and placing in us the word of the conciliation.
- 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

GALATIANS - FAITH, NOT WORKS OF LAW

I am marvelling that thus, swiftly, you are transferred, from that which calls you in the grace of Christ, to a different evangel, which is not another, except it be that some who are disturbing you, want to distort the evangel of Christ.- Galatians 1:6-7

we also believe in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by the faith of Christ; and not by works of law; seeing that by works of law shall no flesh at all be justified.
- Galatians 2:16

did you get the spirit by works of law or by the hearing of faith...?
- Galatians 3:5

For whoever are of works of law are under a curse,
- Galatians 3:10

 

EPHESIANS - SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who blesses us with every spiritual blessing among the celestials...
- Ephesians 1:3

Wherefore, remember that once you, the nations in flesh ... were, in that era, apart from Christ, being alienated from the citizen- ship of Israel, and guests of the promise covenants, having no expectation, and without God in the world.
- Ephesians 2:11-12

Yet now, in Christ Jesus, you, who once are far off, are become near by the blood of Christ.
- Ephesians 2:13

On this behalf I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you, the nations -- since you surely hear of the administration of the grace of God that is given to me for you, for by revelation the secret is made known to me: in spirit the nations are to be joint enjoyers of an allotment, and joint partakers of the promise
- Ephesians 3:1-6

PHILIPPIANS - OUR REALM IN THE HEAVENS

For our realm is inherent in the  heavens, - Philippians 3:20

that in the name of Jesus every knee should be bowing, celestial and terrestrial and subterranean, and every tongue should be acclaiming that Jesus Christ is Lord, for the glory of God, the Father.
- Philippians 2:10-11

 

COLOSSIANS - CHRIST THE HEAD

And He is the Head of the body, the  ecclesia, ... and through Him to reconcile all to Him (making peace through the blood of His cross), through Him, whether those on the earth or those in the heavens.
- Colossians 1:18-20

which is granted to me for you, to complete the word of God--
- Colossians 1:25

 

1 THESSALONIANS - MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR

for the Lord Himself will be descending from heaven with a shout of command ... and the dead in Christ shall be rising first. Thereupon we, the living ... shall at the same time be snatched away together with them in clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. And thus shall we always be together with the Lord.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:16

 

2 THESSALONIANS - BE NOT QUICKLY SHAKEN

be not quickly shaken from your mind, nor yet be alarmed, either through spirit, or through word, or through an epistle as through us, as that the day of the Lord is present. ... should not the apostasy be coming first ...?
- 2 Thessalonians 2:2-3

1 TIMOTHY - SAVIOUR OF ALL

For there is one God, and one Mediator of God and mankind, a Man, Christ Jesus, Who is giving Himself a correspondent Ransom for all ... for which I was appointed a herald and an apostle ... a teacher of the nations in knowledge and truth.
- 1 Timothy 2:5-7

Faithful is the saying and worthy of all welcome (for for this are we toiling and being reproached), that we rely on the living God, Who is the Saviour of all mankind, especially of believers. These things be charging and teaching.
- 1 Timothy 4:9-11

 

2 TIMOTHY - WHO SAVES US AND CALLS US

in accord with the power of God, Who saves us and calls us with a holy calling, not in accord with our acts, but in accord with His own purpose and the grace which is given to us in Christ Jesus before times eonian, 10 yet now is being manifested through ... the evangel of which I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher of the nations.
- 2 Timothy 1:8-11

 

TITUS- SAVED ACCORDING TO HIS MERCY

Yet when the kindness and fondness for humanity of our Saviour, God, made its advent, not for works which are wrought in righteous- ness which we do, but according to His mercy, He saves us ...- Titus 3:4-5

 

PHILEMON - THE CONDUCT OF GRACE

I am thanking my God always, ... that the fellow- ship of your faith may be- come operative in the reali- zation of every good thing which is in us for Christ Jesus ... seeing that the compassions of the saints are  soothed through you, brother. - Philemon 6

 


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