The Berean Expositor
Volume 48 - Page 127 of 181
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Cunnington: "Rightly handling the message of truth".
Moffatt: "The way you handle the word of truth".
R.S.V.: "Rightly handling the word of truth".
N.I.V.: "Correctly handles the word of truth".
J. N. Darby: "Cutting in a straight line the word of truth".
Berkeley Version: "Correctly analyzing the message of truth".
The Berkeley Version is suggestive here. "To analyze" is `to divide or resolve into
constituent parts', and as the Word of God is a supreme revelation of `the eternal purpose
(or the purpose of the ages) in Christ Jesus' (Eph. 3: 10, 11) which touches the heavens
as well as the earth, we need to divide or distinguish between these wonderful facets of
God's almighty plan which lies behind the creation of the universe. If we do this and
give due weight to all the revelation that God has given in His Word, we shall be
`handling it aright' with that faithfulness which God demands from everyone who seeks
to know it and proclaim its unsearchable riches which are treasured up in Christ Jesus.
2: 15.
pp. 121 - 127
We have been considering II Tim. 2: 15, a verse of vast importance, for it impinges
upon our understanding and proclamation of the truth of the Word of God. Moreover it is
solemnly associated with a believer's service for the Lord and the Lord's approval or
disapproval which will result in the gaining or losing of a `crown' which symbolizes not
just living with Christ in the future glory, but reigning with Him over the restored
Now what are the practical implications of verse 15? First of all let us state what it is
not. "Right Division" does not mean chopping up the Bible into sections of our making
which may accord with the pet ideas that we hold. When properly understood, it is not
divisive in the wrong sense of the word. What it does in its application is to recognize
the distinctions that the Author, God the Holy Spirit, has Himself made. The margin of
Phil. 1: 10 tells us `to try the things that differ' and this is with the object of `approving
things that are excellent', in other words getting to know God's best. The word `better' is
one of the key-words of the epistle to the Hebrews and `better things' can only be
appreciated by believers who are doing this. We believe that this is the way God wants
us to approach and handle His precious Word. Right Division is therefore a great
principle of interpretation of the Scriptures and we will try to indicate its application to
this great Book of Truth.
Examples of Right Division.
(1) If we obey the injunction of II Tim. 2: 15 we shall note the various time periods
of Scripture and not confuse them. Time is of the utmost importance in the revelation of