GOD'S ULTIMATE WEAPON

Arlee Turner Jr.

                              II Timothy 2:15 KJV

                    How To Study The Word Of God

The first requirement for Bible study that is profitable to the student is the firm conviction that the Bible is indeed God's very Word.  The Bible is the only means by which we can know God's plan and purpose for mankind.  "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (II Timothy 3:16).

"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that neeeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth" -  II Timothy 2:15

Second, we must "rightly divide the Word of Truth" (II Timothy 2:15b) if we are going to acquire a proper understanding of what we read and study in the Holy Scriptures.  "Rightly dividing the Word of Truth" The Greek word that is translated "rightly dividing"      (orthotomeo) has a literal meaning of "to cut straight."  We must separated the dvisions, or dispensations, found in the Scriptures for proper Bible study in order to be found to be "a workman that needeth not to be ashamed." This does not mean that we are to discount or ignore any part of the Bible or its importance, but we are to understand it in light of who it was addressed to, what the subject was, why it was said, when it was given , where it was given from, and how it was delivered.  We need to handle God's word in a proper manner so that what it teaches can be properly understood and applied.  To add to it or subtract from it results in Bible study that is empty or confusing.  This, of course, can only lead to an improper and distorted understanding of the Bible, which results in misapplication of what it actually teaches.

The obvious conclusion from this passage of Scripture is that the individual is to diligently study the Bible for himself/herself.  While Bible study books, commentaries, and other aids are good and useful, they are not to take the place of personally reading and studying the Bible.  There is blessing, enjoyment, and understanding that comes through personal Bible study that simply cannot be achieved any other way.

                      The Importance Of Context

The context of a passage of Scripture are those parts that go before and after it and serve to clarify its meaning. These passages help us to better understand the subject matter that is being dealt with in a particular passage.  Many times the meaning is established or "fixed" by the context.  Paying close attention to the context will never cause confusion in understanding Scripture, but disregard for the context and the dispensational nature of the Bible many times hinders proper understanding of what God is trying to say to us.  The immediate context that any word, verse, or passage of Scripture is found in is very important to understanding its meaning.  

               The Dangers Of Adding Or Subtracting

At times God has specifically warned against adding to or subtracting from His Word (Deuteronomy 12:32; Revelation 12:18-19).  And it is taught as a binding principle throughout the Scriptures.  While there are those who actually change or remove parts of the Bible, there is a more common and subtle that people add to or subtract from God's Word.

"Subtracting" from the Bible is often done by either ignoring certain parts of it as if they were not there, or flatly denying that clearly stated passages of Scripture actually mean what they say.  "Adding" to the Word of God is done by putting meaning into a passage of Scripture that simply is not there.  The Apostle Paul refers to this kind of mishandling as the corrupting, or perverting of God's Word (II Corinthians 2:17, 4:2; Galatians 1:6-7).   

It is sinful to add to or take away from God's Word.  One cannot introduce a statement "the Bible says" and then cite what the Bible does not say.  When one says something totally different conceptually, then those words have no relationship to the meaning of the original author.  ["...In all his epistles, speaking in things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other Scriptures, unto their own destruction" (2 Peter3:16 KJV).]  To do this with the Bible is forbidden (Deuteronomy 4:2; Revelation 22:18,19). 

Mishandling the eternal Word of God can have eternal consequences.  Of the many things that can be misunderstood or confused by the wrong understanding and and misapplication of Scripture, the subject of salvation is the most important.  To misunderstand that salvation is by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins is to miss everything.  Each individual must make their own decision to trust in Christ alone for their salvation from the power and penalty of sin in order to recieve the gift of  eternal life (Romans 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Ephesians 2:8-9).

That is why, according to the Apostle Paul's Words and when it comes to this website, I will not walk in trickery, adulterating the Word of God, and tampering with the gospel to make it less-offensive, in order for men (and women) to commend me.  Instead, I will be faithful to the gospel, manifesting the truth in order to commend myself to every man's conscience, with God watching (2 Corinthians 4).

  Compare What Is Being Taught By The Divine Standard

The Berean's eagerness led them to examine "the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so.

No matter how gifted or charismatic or well-trained and experienced your Bible teacher or pastor may be, form the healthy habit of checking what is being said against the Scriptures.

Architects and construction people use precise measurements to ensure a precise result.  They don't go by how they feel.  Both carefully mark their work by inches and by feet.  Not even seasoned builders rely on guesses and hunches.  They stay with the standard.  The scriptures are your measure tool for making sure the teaching you receive is straight and true.  Keep comparing!

As you grow in your spiritual life, the triangles need to be congruent between what's being said and what has been written in the Bible.  If you can't support it with the Scriptures, there's something missing in the teaching.  Don't believe the teacher.  If he or she contradicts the divine standard, you're building on sand.  Stay with the Scriptures.  They remain your ultimate authority for life.

                   There Is No New Revelation Today

Today we have the entire or completed Word of God.  God is not giving new revelation today.  We find all that we need to know in what God has given us in His Word.  His plan and purpose for all ages is revealed in the Bible.  We have a decided advantage over those of previoius dispensations as we have the entire script in our hands.

However, if we do not "rightly divide the Word of Truth," we will confuse the dispensations and will not properly understand our part in God's program for today, the Dispensation of Grace.  While the idea of a play with a director, a script, and actors may help to illustrate the concept of dispensations for our understanding, we must always remember that what we are actually involved in is not make-believe but very real.  The salvation and spiritual well being of the souls of men and women are at stake.

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Bible Statistics

The Whole Bible:

1)   Number of books - 66

2)   Chapters - 1,189

3)   Verses - 31,102

4)   Words - 783,137

5)   Letters - 3,566,480

6)   Promises - 1,260

7)   Commands - 6,468

8)   Predictions - over 8,000

9)   3,268 verses of fulfilled prophecy

10) 3,140 verses of unfulfilled prophecy

11) Questions - 3,294

12) Longest name - 18 letters (Isaiah 8:1)

13) Longest verse - Esther 8:9

14) Shortest verse - John 11:35

15) Middle books - Micah and Nahum

16) Middle verse - Psalm 118:8

17) Middle and shortest chapter - Psalm 117

18) Largest book - Psalms

19) Smallest book - 3 John (counting words)

20) Longest chapter - Psalm 119

21) Word God occurs, 3,358 times

22) Lord occurs 7,736 times

23) Authors - 40

24) Languages translated in - over 1,100

25) First chapter divisions made in 1227 A.D.

26) First complete English Bible - 1380 A.D.

The Old Testament

1)   Number of books - 39

2)   Chapters - 929

3)   Verses - 23,144

4)   Words - 602,585

5)   Letters - 2,728,100

6)   Middle book - Proverbs

7)   Middle chapter - Job 20

8)   Middle verses - 2 Chronicles 20:17,18

9)   Smallest book - Obadiah

10) Shortest verse - 1 Chronicles 1:25

11) Longest verse - Esther 8:9

12) Longest chapter - Psalm 119

13) Largest book - Psalms

The New Testament

1)   Number of books - 27

2)   Chapters - 260

3)   Verses - 7,957

4)   Words - 180,552

5)   Letters - 838,380

6)   Middle book - 2 Thessalonians

7)   Middle chapters - Romans 8,9

8)   Middle verse - Acts 27:17

9)   Smallest book - 3 John (counting words)

10) Shortest verse - John 11:35

11) Longest verse - Revelations 20:4

12) Longest chapter - Luke 1

13) Largest book - Luke

The Declaration

"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." - 2 Corinthians 10:4,5 KJV

"To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear?  Behold, their ear is uncirumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the Word of the Lord is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it." - Jeremiah 6:10 KJV

"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before before it hated you.  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." - John 15:18,19 KJV

"The world cannot hate you; but Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil." - John 7:7 KJV

"He that hateth me hateth my Father also." - John 15:23 KJV

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." - Ephesians 6:12 KJV

"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." - Matthew 24:24 KJV

"...Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." - St. Matthew 24:11,12 KJV

"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." - 2 Corinthians 2:11 KJV

"For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise." - 2 Corinthians 10:12 KJV

"And they will deceive everyone his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity." - Jeremiah 9:5 KJV

"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." - 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV

"...Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake." - Titus 1:11 KJV

"For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret." - Ephesians 5:12 KJV

"He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh His glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him." - John 7:18 KJV

My Personal Promise To You

I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth and because of this I will not walk in trickery, adulterating the Word of God, tampering with the gospel to make it less offensive, in order for men to commend me.  Instead, I will be faithful to the Gospel, manifesting the truth in order to commend myself to every man's conscience, with God watching...

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