MEV-2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show yourself approved by God, a workman who need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
AMP-Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.
Study=meletaó in the greek. To plan, practice, I divise, exercise myself in, study, ponder.
This text is part of the Apostle Paul letter he wrote to his son and colaborer in the Gospel, Timothy.
The Apostle Paul is stressing the importance and need for study if Timothy and us are to be a workman who is approved by God.
The call or command is to apply ourselves daily to the study of God's Word, which is God's truth. We are to not just skim through it, read a page or two here or there, but, we are to be diligent in our study of God's Word. We are to read it, meditate on it day and night and ponder in our hearts, what the Word of God is trying to reveal to us.
In our service to God through teaching, preaching, witnessing, etc. we are unable to be effective for Him in kingdom building if we do not study! What are we preaching, teaching and witnessing about if we are not studying the Word or God? We must lead by example!
It is in the Word of God where we gain spiritual wisdom, revelation, insight, understanding, knowledge and spiritual direction for ourselves and in our efforts to pass it on in our service to others.
People of God, STUDY THE WORD OF GOD!
When we stand before God God's people, we do not want to bring shame to God, His Word nor ourselves because of of our lack of time with God in study of His Word. People can tell if we study the Word of God or not. .
As Christ disciples, we want to make sure that we have put forth every effort to present ourselves approved before God and not ashamed because we failed to study and rightly divide God's truth found in His Bible.
Joshua 1:8- This Book of the Law must not depart from your mouth. Meditate on it day and night so that you may act carefully according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way successful, and you will be wise.
When we daily study and meditate on God's word, our spiritual eyes are slowly cracking open through divine revelation of God's Holy Spirit who lead, guides and directs us into all truth. God's Word is truth. It is the only truth!
Knowing the Word of God is a NECESSITY for ALL, especially those who minister to others daily or weekly.
We are once again reminded in scripture of the Author of God's written Word (God Himself) and the purpose of why He gave it to us.
Let's listen to God's purpose for providing us with His truth in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]; 17 so that the [a]man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Hebrews 4:12- For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
God's Word not only instructs, convicts, restore, guides and teaches ect., but it also cuts like a blade for it is a sharper than a two-edge sword that cuts us straight to the heart of the matter.
It is the Word of God that has the power to save us. Romans 1:16-For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. For it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
We are living in a time where the Word of God is of NECESSITY to ward off the deceitfulness and trickery from satan that He is daily launching at ALL of us. He seems to be getting more and more crafty and deceitful and is fooling more and more people because they lack study, meditation, knowledge and revelation of God's word.
God's Word has the power to deliver and set us free. It also give us the ability to be able to discern what the Spirit of God is saying to us in this hour and evil days in which we now live.
STUDY is not an option for the believer, is of NECESSITY. Our life now and our future depends on our ability to know, understand and apply the Word of God.
Not only must we study, but we MUST also OBEY the Word of God. To disobey it is of benefit to no one.
It is the Word of God that keeps us under humble submission to the authority of God.
It is the Word of God that points us to the foot of the cross where we see our need for Jesus for the atonement of our sins.
It is at the cross where pride and self-sufficiency has to die.
There is an old hymn called "at the cross". A few of the words goes like this "at the cross where I first saw the light and the burdens of my heart rolled. It was there by faith I receive my sight and now I am happy all the day."
Bible Study! The Lord our God welcomes everyone to daily come to His Word and eat as much as you want everyday, all day, free of charge.
The Word of God is the Lord's table where the feast of the Lord is continually going on.
Jesus declares in Matthew 4:4“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Our physical body can not survive without physical food and our spiritual body can not survive without God's Word which is our spiritual food.
The Bible is given to us by God to help us grow in godliness.
The bible is God's word of truth. The only truth!
The Word of God is infallible, which means it is trustworthy, it has stood the test of time, it is the same yesterday, today and forever. Those who trust in the Word of God will never be brought to shame or lead astray.
The Word of God is inerrant. It is without error. God makes no mistakes!
God's Word, the Holy Bible is the final authority on all matters of faith.
People of God, be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man sows, that he or she shall reap.
People of God, STUDY THE WORD OF GOD!
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