10-16-17 Monday Ministry 
Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth!! 
Pastor Timothy Roberson
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study And Phone Ministry
Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth!! The Importance of Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth. Paul charges Timothy not to be like the increasing number of Bible preachers and teachers who sadly mishandle God’s word and misapply it. Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. Many saints are less concerned about pleasing God than about pleasing themselves! They are not concerned about what God has commanded from us in the Body of Christ (The Church) many believe that we can just open our bibles and preach and teach whatever we want without giving any thought of consideration to God and what He requires when it comes to studying the Word of Truth. This kind of thinking is permeating the lives of believers. We are too busy following man and what man tells us do instead of doing what is truly pleasing to God. Are you a bondage Christian?
Now let’s take another look at 1 Corinthians chapter 3: “[12] Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; [13] Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. [14] If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. [15] If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” Did you see that, friend? Take special care to note that the burning is of the “work” not the soul! The question now is what is the “fire” of 1 Corinthians 3:13-15? With all speculation aside, and religious tradition aside, we will let Scripture explain itself. Here are two helpful verses that interpret this passage for us. My friends for our learning tonight, and that is whenever we come across puzzling passages, we need to find other verses for further insight. In Revelation 19:12, we read of the Lord Jesus returning at His Second Coming: “His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself” (cf. Revelation 1:14). Jeremiah 23:29 says: “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” We see that Christ’s eyes are “as a flame of fire.” We see that God’s Word is likened unto a “fire” and a “hammer.” With its identity now revealed by other verses, how will the “fire” of 1 Corinthians chapter 3 “save” the Christian? 
HOW THE FIRE “SAVES” AT THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST
Look at what Paul says here, a slow walk with me. Paul says“ If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire” (1 Corinthians 3:15). Once again, friend, it is of utmost importance that we present more clarifications before we delve back into this verse. The word “save” in the Bible does not always mean soul salvation from sins and Hell. The “salvation” in 1 Corinthians 3:15 is not salvation into Heaven (fire cannot accomplish that). It is rather a deliverance from the pollution of doctrinal error. (The same idea is found in 1 Corinthians 5:5, which also refers to the Judgment Seat of Christ: “To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”) The Christian soul containing wood, hay, and stubble needs to be cleansed of false doctrine.  In order to function for God’s glory in heaven to the maximum, any doctrine that defiles must be removed from the soul. Again, this is not cleansing from sin, as many who do not truly know the word of God claim. Christ’s shed blood already washed all of our sins away (if there were even one sin to our account, we would never enter Heaven!). The goal here—the point of the Judgment Seat of Christ—is internal doctrinal purity.
Just so we remember what soul salvation from Hell is all about, we have to briefly review. Romans chapter 3: “[23] For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; [24] Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: [25] Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; [26] To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. [27] Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. [28] Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”And Romans chapter 4: “[1] What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? [2] For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. [3] For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. [4] Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. [5] But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. [6] Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, [7] Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. [8] Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”
Scripture says in Romans 4:8 that God will not “impute” (apply) sin to those who are in Christ (and they got in Christ, not by working, but only by trusting what He did for them at Calvary!). For someone to wind up in purgatory’s flames with sins applied to their account means “purgatory” is actually Hell (!)… and in Hell sins are never, ever paid for! See, friends, the false teaching of purgatory does not fit Pauline doctrine. And you have millions and millions who believe in purgatory. With that false teaching, purgatory is the place in the afterlife where religious souls supposedly go to “atone” for their sins that were not taken care of on Earth. That tormenting fire is designed to purge the soul of any lingering sin, thereby purifying it and qualifying it to enter Heaven and God’s presence. As per church tradition, once the person suffers for all his or her remaining sins (the duration of that purgatorial punishment is unknown—perhaps millions of years!), God’s wrath is satisfied, and heaven’s gates are finally opened. While a simplistic explanation, it provides you with a glimpse of the minds of Roman Catholics. Is this what 1 Corinthians chapter 3 is saying? Friends, let me be perfectly clear and that 1 Corinthians chapter 3 has nothing whatsoever to do with purgatory. Let me be completely honest. Purgatory is a myth, a lie designed to keep millions lost to the word of truth rightly divided. It is from Satan. It is nothing but idle speculation and pagan superstition. Purgatory is certainly unscriptural: there is not one hint of purgatory in the Bible. While the Roman Church has attempted to insert into the Scriptures apocryphal books, which speak of purgatory—those writings are false, uninspired, forged, and contradictory. The blood of Jesus Christ is all-sufficient, friends. Either it does cleanse us of all sins apart from our works or it is not enough to cleanse us apart from our works. If the blood of Jesus Christ cannot cleanse a soul of sins, what can that weak soul do in purgatory to accomplish what Christ failed to do on Calvary? Nothing!
 Again, there is no purgatory in 1 Corinthians chapter 3. That is a figment of someone’s imagination, promoted by a denomination attempting to insert its tenets into the Bible and doing damage to God’s written Word. First Corinthians 3:12-15 is all about the Judgment Seat of Christ, what Christians did—it has nothing to do with justifying people so they go to Heaven!

"From The Pastor's Desk"

CHRISTIAN

CHURCH

By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study

10-23-17
Pastor Timothy Roberson
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study And Phone Ministry
Mishandling The Word Of God (Let’s look at some more passages that have been mishandle due to not properly handling the word of truth)
Jesus Christ’s statements about how He came to divide families have to be one of the most difficult parts of the entire Bible. He said:
Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me (Matthew 10:34-37; see Luke 12:49-53).
Elsewhere He adds, “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, even his own life, he cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:26).Two real-life situations demonstrate well the kind of devotion Jesus was calling for. One man whom Jesus had called to follow Him asked Jesus for permission to “bury [his] father” first, to which Jesus replied, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:59-60). A second man declared to Jesus his resolve to follow but then asked for permission to first “say good-bye to those at home”. Jesus’ response was shocking, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (v. 61-62).
 “REPENT, FOR THE KINGDOM IS AT HAND!”
As is clear from the preceding verses, Christ’s teachings about “discipleship” in general and about “hating” and leaving family in particular all have to do with “the kingdom of God”. Numerous times in time past, the prophets of the Old Testament spoke about a future day when a descendant of David would set up a great kingdom of righteousness and peace on earth in which God’s chosen people, Israel, would be specially blessed in their land and be a channel of blessing to all other nations (for example, see Isaiah 11:1-10; Jeremiah 23:1-6; Ezekiel 37:1-28; Joel 2:12-27; Micah 4:1-8; Zechariah 8:1-23). Centuries later John the Baptist, Christ, and the twelve apostles in their respective ministries to the Jews all proclaimed “the gospel of the kingdom”, the good news that this kingdom promised by the prophets was finally “at hand” or very close to being established (Matthew 3:2; 4:17; 10:7) because Jesus, the promised King, was present on the earth to get everything prepared for it. Even after His resurrection Christ taught the apostles for 40 days about this kingdom, and the apostles were eagerly anticipating its “restoration” (Acts 1:1-6).In order to be accepted as Christ’s disciples and enter the kingdom, the Jews at that time needed to turn back to God in repentance (Matthew 3:2; 4:17; Mark 6:7-12) and make some challenging acts of commitment. Christ called on the people to obey the Mosaic Law, even “the least” of the commandments, so that their righteousness would “surpass” that of the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees whom God had rejected (Matthew 5:17-20; 23:23-27; see 19:16-19; Mark 12:28-34; Luke 10:25-28). He also commanded His followers to sell their possessions: “So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions” (Luke 14:33); “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to charity” (12:29-33). To leave one’s family, if the family rejected the kingdom call, was another necessary commitment.
Most Christians who do not truly understand right division are in agreement that these teachings of Christ apply to us today and need to be obeyed. Yet at the same time they sense the obvious difficulty of obeying them literally, so they say that we need to “balance” what these verses say with what other verses in the Bible say. They then conclude that Jesus must have just meant that we need to be willing to do those things. Jesus does not require us to actually sell our possessions and leave our families, it is commonly explained, they go on to say that He wants us to be willing to do so and, especially, to not value such things more than Him. I admit that such an interpretation sounds good and would definitely make Jesus’ commands much easier to obey. The only problem is that this is not at all what Jesus said. There is no hint in those verses that mere willingness was all that was necessary. The two men referred to above who were not allowed to part with their families before coming to follow Christ certainly could not have applied Christ’s commands so loosely. We must let the verses say what they clearly say. There is nothing to “balance”. We can accept them or reject them, but we don’t have the right to change them so that they say what we want them to say.
Taking His words at face value, it is clear that Christ expected His listeners to do exactly what He said. That is why the first disciples in Jerusalem really did leave their families and possessions to follow Christ (Matthew 19:27; Luke 19:1-10; Acts 2:44-45; 4:32). They could not let any person or thing on earth hinder them from entering the kingdom which, at that time, was so near. And to encourage His disciples in their commitment Christ promised that, when the kingdom will be established, “all these things” [i.e. food, clothes, houses, and family] and “many times as much” will be awarded to those who will have sacrificed all to enter it (Matthew 6:33; 19:28-29; Luke 12:31).
After Jesus’ death and resurrection which had to take place before the kingdom could come (Luke 24:25-26; see 1 Peter 1:11), the twelve apostles were given the authority to offer the kingdom to Israel. They promised that, if the Jews would repent, Jesus would then return to earth from heaven and bring in “the times of refreshing” and the “period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time” (Acts 3:17-21). In other words, if Israel as a nation would turn back to God and choose to follow their resurrected Messiah and King, they would finally receive their promised kingdom with its glorious blessings. It was a time of great anticipation and urgency. Everything depended on the nation’s response.
A CHANGE IN GOD’S PLAN
As we know from the Book of Acts the Jews as a whole continually rejected this final call to repentance. As a result Christ did not return to earth, and the promised kingdom did not come. Then an important change took place. Instead of blessing His chosen nation, God chose to turn away from them in judgment and sent the apostle Paul to inform them that God was “turning to the Gentiles” (Acts 13:44-49; 18:5-6; 28:23-28). In the present age since Israel’s “fall” (Romans 11:11) God has been doing a new work with a new group of people—the Church, the body of Christ, in which “there is neither Jew nor Greek” (Galatians 3:28). This is the group to which all Christians belong today. Christ will, indeed, establish the prophesied kingdom and fulfill all God’s promises to Israel in the future after He returns to the earth (Matthew 19:27-30; 25:31). But at the present time He has a different plan and a different set of promises for us.
Because of this change in God’s program from Israel to the “Church which is His body”, some of the things Christ taught while He was on earth have also changed and, therefore, do not apply to us today. Christ Himself made these changes known through Paul, the “apostle of the Gentiles” (Romans 11:13; see 15:15-16). In Paul’s letters we read about several “mysteries”, truths concerning the new Church which had been previously “kept secret” and “hidden in God” until Christ revealed them directly to Paul from heaven. Even “the word of God” or “gospel” which Paul preached was a “mystery” (Romans 16:25-27; Colossians 1:24-29; Ephesians 6:19; see Titus 1:1-3) which the risen Christ gave to Paul so that he could proclaim it to the Gentiles (Galatians 1:6-2:10).
One of the new features of Paul’s gospel has to do with the Mosaic Law. Though the Law used to be the absolute standard of God’s righteousness, Paul explains that God is “now” (don’t miss that important little word!) offering people a new kind of righteousness which is “apart from the Law” (Romans 3:21). On the basis of Christ’s death for our sins and resurrection, God is willing to accept as righteous all those who do nothing more than believe in Christ and in the good work which He has done. Our own good works in obedience to the Mosaic Law or any other legalistic system are wholly excluded from salvation (Romans 3:19_4:5; Galatians 2:21; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:3-7). Also, those who have been saved through faith in this gospel or good news are not “under” the Mosaic Law in the sense that they must obey all its commands. Instead, they are “under grace” and are to follow a new set of commands and teachings (Romans 6:14; 7:1-6; see Galatians 3:23-26; Ephesians 2:11-16; Titus 2:11-12).
God’s instructions regarding family relationships have changed as well. Far from exhorting Christians to leave their families, Paul teaches them to stay with and be devoted to their families. Husbands must “love [their] wives just as Christ also loved the church”, and wives are to be “subject” to their husbands “as the church is subject to Christ” (Ephesians 5:22-25; see Colossians 3:18-19). Men who desire to be elders in the local church must “manage [their] own household well” (1 Timothy 3:4-5; see Titus 1:6). Young women are to “love their husbands…[and] children” and to be “workers at home” (Titus 2:5). Young widows should “get married, bear children, [and] keep house” (1 Timothy 5:14). Even Christians with unsaved spouses are to remain with their partners with the goal of leading them to salvation (1 Corinthians 7:12-16). Paul also commands Christians to provide for their families financially (1 Timothy 5:3-4, 8,16), which clearly requires that they not leave their families and not give all they have to charity!
THE DANGERS OF CONFUSION
Most Christians since the first century, probably without even thinking about it, have accepted Paul’s teachings on family life as the basic biblical standard. That is good! Certain individuals and groups, however, have put more emphasis on Christ’s teachings on discipleship and have tried in varying degrees to apply them literally. I met some members of such a group a year ago during one of our regular evangelistic outreaches on the street. They called themselves “disciples” and drew their whole theology of sacrificing possessions and family relationships from Jesus’ teachings in the gospels. I had some long conversations with them, and it was in response to them that I originally wrote this article. In their desire to be true “disciples of Christ” these and other well-meaning people over the years have actually sold their possessions and abandoned parents, spouses, and children. Others have resolved to join a monastery or to never save money. Worst of all, some people, including the “disciples” I met, actually believe that such acts of commitment are necessary for salvation. We should appreciate these people for their fervor and zeal. They have a sincere love for God and desire to please Him. They are willing to do almost anything “for the sake of the kingdom”. Yet at the same time we should say that their actions are wrong because they are out of line with the Bible’s commands for God’s people today. And those who require acts of commitment to Christ for salvation are proclaiming a false gospel of faith and good works combined and are, therefore, under a curse (Galatians 1:8-9).This issue is a good example of how proper interpretation and application of the Bible is not just something for “theologians” in seminary classrooms to be concerned about. It’s absolutely crucial for all of us and for every area of our lives! Zeal is important, but it must be “in accordance with knowledge” (Romans 10:1-5), in accordance with God’s plan for the present age as He revealed it to and through the apostle Paul. Mixing the teachings God intended for us today with teachings intended for others of a different era has led to much confusion in the body of Christ and, sadly, to much hardship and strife as well.
SERVING GOD IN THE FAMILY
Does this mean that we Christians today have it easy compared to the faithful Jewish disciples in the first century? Are we free to just “eat, drink, and be merry” and live however we please? No way! God does not want us to be consumed with sinful pleasures and passions “that are on earth” but to be focused on “the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1-4; see Philippians 3:17-21). God does not want us to seek earthly possessions and riches but to be “content” with the most basic provisions of “food and covering” (1 Timothy 6:6-10; see Philippians 4:10-13).
Of course, God wants us now to be wholly devoted to Him just as He wanted the Jews 2000 years ago to be wholly devoted to Him. But our situation is entirely different. God is not now working to fulfill His promises regarding the earthly kingdom like He was then. That kingdom is not “near” now like it was then. It is not surprising; therefore, that God wants us to show our devotion to Him in an entirely different way.
So don’t sell all your possessions! And whatever you do, don’t abandon your family! To do so would be to “deny the faith” and be “worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8)! Rather, let us serve Christ by being wise and generous with our possessions and, especially, by serving our family. To be devoted to our spouses and children and parents in obedience to Paul’s teachings is one of the most important ways we can “honor” God and His word today (Titus 2:5).

What It Means To Rightly Divide

By Pastor Timothy D. Roberson
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study

(2 Timothy 2:15) Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 From The Pastor’s Desk On Right Division

 When You Hear Me Say Rightly Dividing The Word Of Truth


The Apostle Paul tells us to study God’s word with a view to rightly dividing the word of truth. It is interesting that when people talk about how to study the Bible there are all kinds of different methods that people use and many end up with saints who are confused. There are all these different methods people use but you can see right here in the word of God that God’s method, through the pen of the Apostle Paul to Timothy and to us, is to rightly divide the word of truth. When the Apostle Paul thought about the concept of rightly dividing the word of truth, he thought of God’s Word in terms of its right division, that is, times past, but now and ages to come. (Ephesians 2:11,13,7) Very simply, as the Apostle Paul thought about God’s Word, he thought in terms of what God was doing in the past, what God is doing now, and what God is going to be doing in the future. We should study the Bible from the dispensational perspective, that is, we should want to understand what God says to us living in the time period we are living in. When we approach the Bible we need to understand who we are and where we fit in the Bible. We must remember Romans 15:4 “Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” The things “written aforetime” “All Scripture is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, for instruction in righteousness…” (II Timothy 3:16). There is a great wealth of these things in Scripture, and how thankful we are for them. For wisdom, reproof, and instruction in righteousness, we read Proverbs. We can learn a great deal from the Christ’s earthly ministry. The doctrines of the virgin birth. My friends we can learn a lot about His suffering, crucifixion, and resurrection. We as saints in the Body of Christ must remember that the identifying mark for those who truly rightly divide the Word of truth is that they "make a straight cut" between Israel and the church (The Body of Christ). Prophecy and the Mystery.

 Simply, we are not the Nation of Israel wandering through the wilderness led by Moses. Many do not understand who we are. So, when we read God telling Moses to speak to the Children of Israel in Exodus 31:2 and Leviticus 23:2, we should understand that it has nothing to do with us today in the dispensation of grace. Once again, we are not the Nation of Israel wandering through the wilderness led by the hand of Moses. As far as God is concerned, the revealed commands or instructions given to us in the Body of Christ for the time period in which we live (But Now) was committed to Paul.  “The Word of truth” must be “rightly divided”; for while it is all given for our spiritual profit, it was not all addressed to us, or written about us. Thus one who truly desires to understand and obey God’s Word will seek first to determine what Scriptures are particularly related to him and will study all the rest in the light of these.  Sad to say, however, there are many who fail to give the Book of God the respect and reverence it deserves. They flip it open at random, let a finger light upon the open page and then read the verse indicated to see if perchance they may find leading from the Lord in that way. And if it doesn’t “work” the first time they try it again and again until it does “work.” They take the promises given to the Nation of Israel and try to apply them in the Body of Christ. They take passages out of their contexts, “spiritualize” them, and give them “private interpretations.” Finding “precious passages” anywhere at all, no matter to whom addressed or when or why, they place their own interpretations upon them and claim them as promises of God to them! The Word, rightly divided, is of supreme importance to the Body of Christ as well as to the individual believer. A preacher, teacher or saints that rightly divide the Word of Truth as prescribed in 2nd Timothy 2:15 knows that Scriptures which apply to Israel were not written to the church, and Scriptures which were written to the church do not apply to Israel. One cannot teach Scripture accurately by taking Scriptures which were written to Israel and applying them to the church, or vice versa. We should faithfully preach the Word of Truth rightly divided and then give others the chance to accept or reject God's Word on their own. Remember 2nd Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

THE MOST IMPORTANT DIVISION IN THE BIBLE: PROPHECY AND MYSTERY

 Please Take Your Bible And Study All These Scriptures Below


 THE PROPHETIC PROGRAM: God's purpose to establish a literal, physical, earthly, Davidic, Messianic kingdom, with Jesus Christ as the king of kings, ruling over the twelve apostles, who will rule over the twelve tribes of Israel, who will rule over the nations of this earth. SPOKEN about since the world began (Luke 1:68-70; Acts 3:21-24) Prophecy focus is THE EARTH (Genesis 1:28, 9:1, 13:14-17; Deuteronomy 11:21; Isaiah 11:9; Jeremiah 23:5; Psalms 37:9-11; Matthew 5:5; Matthew 6:10) Jesus Christ is THE KING of Israel and the whole world (Isaiah 9:6-7; Daniel 7:13-14; Zachariah14:9,16; Matthew 2:2; John 1:49; Luke 1:31-33) ISRAEL is God's chosen nation and will be given supremacy over all nations (Deuteronomy 7:6, 28:13; Isaiah 6:1-5; Matthew 10:5-10;Romans 9:6) Redeemed Israel to rule and reign with Christ on the earth (Isaiah 62:1-4; Ezekiel 37:21-28; Exodus 19:4-6; Revelation 5:10) Gentiles to be blessed through Israel's RISE to kingdom glory(Genesis 12:1-3; Isaiah 61:6-9; Zechariah 8:13-23) The central gospel is the Gospel of the Kingdom (Matthew 3:2, 4:17,23, 9:35, 24:14)

 THE MYSTERY PROGRAM: God's purpose to form a spiritual body of believers called "the Body of Christ", with Christ as the Head. This body will be perfectly "conformed to the image of His Son" and will rule and reign with Christ in the heavenly places. Kept SECRET, hidden since the world began (Romans 16:25; Ephesians 3:5,9; Colossians 1:26) Mystery focus is THE HEAVENLY PLACES (Ephesians 1:3, 2:6 Philippians 3:20; Colossians 3:1-4) Jesus Christ is THE HEAD of the church, the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18) In the Body of Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile (Romans 10:12, 3:22; Galatians 3:26-28; 1Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 2:16-17)The Body of Christ to rule and reign with Christ in the heavenlies (Ephesians 2:6, 14-16, 3:6, Philippians 3:20; 1Corinthians 6:3) Gentiles blessed through THE FALL of Israel(Romans 11:11,12,15; Acts 28:27-28)The central gospel is the gospel of the Grace of God (Acts 20:24; Romans 1:16-17, 3:23-25)

10-30-17 Monday Message
Pastor Timothy Roberson
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study And Phone Ministry
From The Pastor’s Desk Tonight
Where Is Your Treasure? In Heaven or Earth
My Prayer Is That You Take Your Bible And Go Back And Study These Messages.
For Our Learning To Night 
During Jesus earthy ministry to the Nation of Israel, look at what He said. “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:19-21 KJV).
For saints in the body of Christ, it’s In Heaven, not upon the Earth! One of the most tragic, devastating life events is the loss of one’s property (especially a house) to some misfortune—natural disaster, health hazard, robbery, arson, bombing, and so on. Irreplaceable family heirlooms… gone forever. Vehicles… a total loss. Photo albums… permanently ruined. Important documents… marred. Memories remain… the structure severely damaged or destroyed. How distressing! My brothers and sisters, we never, ever want to grow too attached to this world. Certainly, we hold jobs, marry, purchase houses, settle down, and raise families. Nevertheless, we can be misled to believe this life is all there is or will ever be. Satan’s evil world system is very tempting… but it is also very temporary 1st John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. My question is what are we doing in our body, not by our body? We can start seeking and idolizing wealth, material possessions, physical beauty, fame, and so on. Many love to think this way and that is” Quickly get as much as you can, and quickly can as much as you can quickly get!” The Lord Jesus knew all about the enticements of Satan’s evil world system. He thus warned His disciples not to grow too fond of this world. It was headed for the Tribulation (and still is!), and once those final seven years conclude, Satan’s reign will be terminated forever. This world and its elements are temporary. “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17). Why are material riches “uncertain?” Jesus told us in today’s Scripture—moth, rust, and thief could always take them anytime! They have no eternal value, they are not everlasting. For those of us who have trusted Jesus Christ’s finished crosswork as sufficient payment for our sins, and are continuing in the principles of grace, we are treasuring up some wonderful things in Heaven. We do not see them today, but thankfully, they can never be lost so we are guaranteed to see them one day!
Have you ever wondered why there is so much confusion and debate among and within “Christian” circles and churches? These professing Christians all quote the Bible, they all claim to believe the Bible, and yet, it is quite a surprise to learn that they all disagree regarding what the Bible actually teaches! All 38,000-plus denominations in Christendom claim to be serving and following “Jesus Christ,” and yet, they all believe mutually exclusive doctrines and practice opposing rites and rituals. How can they all be following Jesus Christ while all doing different things?! The Church the Body of Christ is supposed to be united; nevertheless, schisms, strife, and contradictions abound. Why?
Let me give you some of the most popular examples of the literally thousands of major arguments in Christendom:
Many churches believe that faith and works are necessary for salvation, quoting Matthew 19:17 and James 2:24; the remainder of churches believe that salvation is by faith alone, using Romans 3:28, Romans 4:5, and Ephesians 2:8,9.
Some groups believe that water baptism is necessary for salvation, relying on Mark 16:16 and 1 Peter 3:21; others hold that it is merely a testimony of salvation, citing Matthew 28:19 and Acts 2:38; still others do not water baptize at all, relying on 1 Corinthians 1:17, 1 Corinthians 12:13, and Ephesians 4:5.
Some churches participate in “snake handling,” “devil exorcism,” “tongue talking” and “healing services,” citing Mark 16:17,18 and James 5:15; others completely reject those practices, quoting Romans 8:18, 1 Timothy 5:23, and 2 Timothy 4:20.
Some churches argue that we must observe the Saturday Sabbath, citing Exodus 20:8-11, while others believe there is no Sabbath day to keep today, quoting Romans 6:14 and Colossians 2:16. (There are even groups that argue that we must observe Sunday, the alleged “Christian Sabbath!”)
Some groups teach that Christians can lose their salvation, following Psalm 51:11, Matthew 24:13, and Hebrews 6:4-6; other groups believe Christians are eternally secure in Christ, relying on Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 4:30, and 2 Timothy 1:12.
Some churches teach tithing, according to Malachi 3:8-11, while other churches believe that we are not under an obligatory giving system, citing Romans 6:14 and 2 Corinthians 9:7.
Some argue that we should confess our sins to God daily, quoting Matthew 6:12,14,15 and 1 John 1:9. Other groups believe that we should confess our sins to priests, using John 20:23 and James 5:16. Still, others believe that confession of sins is unnecessary because Jesus Christ died to pay for our sins and we are already forgiven of all of our sins, citing Ephesians 4:32 and Colossians 2:13.
Some groups say we are bound to keep the Mosaic Law, using Exodus 20:1-17 and 1 John 2:3,4, while others say we are under grace, not law, citing Romans 6:14 and Galatians 5:1-5.
Amazing huh? All of these groups are using Bible verses to support these opposing views!! How is this possible?! If the Bible has all of these conflicting views, then exactly what does God expect us to believe?! What is the solution to this abounding confusion and these so-called Bible “contradictions?” Firstly, understand that “God is not the author of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33). The problem is not God’s Word; God’s Word is infallible, perfect, and completely sound. Sinful mankind and Satan, not God, are to blame for the gross theological errors and false teaching in Christendom. Never, ever blame God for the confusion that Satan and mankind generate using religious tradition and human “wisdom.” If people would simply use the Bible God’s way, all of the doctrinal confusion in Christian circles would disappear. Alas, people prefer their religious tradition, so they do not care to submit to God’s Word. The Lord Jesus Christ rebuked the religious leaders of His day: “Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition“ (Mark 7:9 KJV). These people approach God’s Word with denominational biases and reach denominational conclusions, instead of seeing what the Bible actually said and to whom it said it. What makes it all the more disturbing is that the pastors and teachers who should be dispelling confusion and doubt are only adding to the preexisting confusion by failing to use God’s Word God’s way themselves. These church leaders only teach God’s Word as their denominational system interprets it, instead of letting the Bible’s testimony speak for itself and mean what it says, where it says it, and to whom it says it.
BEHOLD THE SOLUTION: 2 TIMOTHY 2:15
If we use God’s Word, God’s way, there will be no contradictions and no confusion. The Bible will only make sense to you if you approach it the way God designed it to be studied (that is “rightly divided”). Read what the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2:15, as found in the King James Bible:
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
The only verse in the Bible that tells you to “study” the Bible tells you how to study it. When you “rightly divide the word of truth,” you are recognizing the distinctions/divisions that God has made in His Word. Through various dispensations (sets of directions), God gave different instructions to various groups of people. (For instance, compare the differing diets that God gave in Genesis 1:27-29, Genesis 9:1-4, Leviticus 11:2, and 1 Timothy 4:3-5.) We must be careful to never insert directions into the dispensations in which they were never given. Confusion results when we combine all of the Bible’s instructions as though they were spoken to one group of people. There are several dispensations in Scripture given to different people at various times and we must never confuse them. It is this very failure to rightly divide the word of truth that gives rise to all of the conflicting doctrines. 

Monday-10-9-17 Handling God’s Word Properly!!!!
Pastor Timothy Roberson
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study And Phone Ministry
The last time we were on, we talked about how ministers mishandle God’s word. Many continue to take God’s word and abuse saints. 
Satan has ministers and many are operating in millions and millions of pulpits today. They are not concern about souls be saved by believing the gospel, they are concerned about that dollar bill. Let me say this tonight, we in the church (The Body of Christ) are not commanded to give a 10% tithe. I realize I just made you spill your coffee if you are a pastor, church leader or a faithful tither, but it is nevertheless true! I use to believe in a 10% tithe (as I was taught in church) until The Lord open my eyes up to the Word of God rightly divided. There was a time in my life when I faithfully was scratching to try and give my 10%. I was putting everything I had into the offering plate out of guilt, thinking I was robbing God, all the while thinking about how I was going to put gas in my car to go to work. And don't ever let anyone tell you that if you know how to pray that your bills will be paid. It is not of God to teach someone that if they know how to pray that God would provide for their college tuition, debts owed or bills due. It’s not of God to be pressured by a pastor to tithe, when many in their local assemblies can’t afford to pay their own bills. Too many preachers are only thinking about themselves. I've known people to give money to a ministry even when they couldn't pay their own bills. Do you know what happened? They went further into financial trouble for not paying their bills. To get over our old ways of thinking about giving which results from not studying God‘s word God‘s way (rightly divided). We will need to seek God's help in prayer and study the Bible the way God instructs us to by rightly dividing the Word of Truth. Today, we are NOT commanded to tithe or give to any specific church or denomination. There is NO temple! There is NO tribe of Levi! We are NOT under ceremonial law as were the Old Testament Jews. There is NO storehouse. The Three Common Wrong Motivators To Give
Wrong Motivator/Tithing 
1) Tithing: When Christians believe that they must truly tithe; they are acting on the wrong motivation. As already explained, tithing has nothing to do with Christian giving in the dispensation of Grace, tithing belong to the Nation of Israel. True Christian giving is something only those who have been saved by the grace of God by believing the gospel and truly understand the word of truth rightly divided to know that in the dispensation of grace, God loves a cheerfully giver. If someone has been telling you to tithe, don't believe it. If you have been telling people to tithe, stop. Tithing as many quote from time past to the Nation of Israel is not God’s program for today. Tithing was under the law and we are not under the law, we are under grace.
Wrong Motivator/Give To Get
2) Give to Get: No doubt you have heard it before: Donate and be blessed. You will be blessed for your giving. You cannot out give God, so the more you give, the more you will get. When you give, you will receive showers of blessings. The way in which this is presented is usually a complete distortion of the biblical teaching. Many people are looking for what is often termed "a financial miracle," so they turn to the religious version of the get rich quick scheme. Much heartache comes from these teachings. 
Wrong Motivator/Giving To Get Rid Of Sins Or Pay For Grace
3) Giving to get rid of sins or pay for grace: Have you ever been made to feel that you can pay for your sins or buy your way into God's favor by giving to a certain ministry?  Apparently, it is easy for many ministries to succumb to the temptation to imply to their donors that a person's giving reflects his standing before God. If we give, we gain favor with God. If we don't, we may fall from grace. But anyone who knows the definition of grace—that it is something freely given—knows that this cannot be. We cannot earn what is freely given. It can be amazing how carelessly people in responsible positions in Christian organizations can treat grace. The leadership needs to motivate people to give. Guilt is a powerful motivator. The leadership makes people feel their sins for not contributing enough. So they say things like, "I don't know how anyone who is saved can give so little," or "Surely, if the Holy Spirit were living in you, you would be giving more." Or, and perhaps this is the king of all money manipulators among Christian groups, "God did so much for you. Won't you pay Him back even a little by sending your contribution today? We are to give as God hath "prospered" us! Where do we give? 
Our primary giving should be to Bible-preaching churches and ministries who are standing on the Word of Truth rightly divided with the preaching of the distinction between prophecy and the mystery. We can give in many ways to support the work of ministry in the dispensation of grace where the word of truth is rightly divided. We must remember to esteem others above ourselves. Go to our website and read about the truth about tithing. www.gracehomebiblestudy.org. and always feel free to call me at 734 968-2906.
From The Pastor’s Desk Tonight (Are You Pleasing God Or Man?)
Ask yourself a question tonight, have many of you have actually sat down and taken out the word of truth and studied it like God instruct us to do in 2nd Timothy 2:15 or have you just relied on man and what he’s says from the word of God? Be honest with yourself. Another question is can you defend your position on why you believe what you believe from the word of God? And if you try to defend it, will it stand up to the test of right division and I can tell all those who are not rightly dividing the word of truth that what you are believing and have been believing for many years will not stand up to the teaching of God’s word rightly divided.  Most couldn’t defend their position because most don’t even study the word of God or try to get help in understanding the word of truth rightly divided. Many continue to be fearful of what their pastor, congregation and family will say if they stood up or question the teachings that they’ve been under for years and years. Many are afraid they will be shunned by their pastor, congregation, family and friends. This what Apostle Paul says for that Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. Many saints are less concerned about pleasing God than about pleasing themselves! They are not concerned about what God has commanded from us in the Body of Christ (The Church) many believe that we can just open our bibles and preach and teach whatever we want without giving any thought of consideration to God and what He requires when it comes to studying the Word of Truth. This kind of thinking is permeating the lives of believers. We are too busy following man and what man tells us do instead of doing what is truly pleasing to God. Are you a bondage Christian? Bondage church members are typically very submissive. Bondage church members tend to follow without question, especially after many years of brainwashing by the bondage-preaching pastor. Bondage church members tend to try hard to comply with the demands. Bondage church members become brainwashed into believing the condemnation. Bondage church members eventually agree with the pastor that they are worthless, selfish, lazy, sinful, and unworthy. Bondage church members submit to emotional and verbal beatings. Bondage church members usually have a facial expression that is blank. They appear to be unhappy and depressed. Bondage church members are commonly said to appear to be "sucking on a lemon." Bondage church members are rarely self-motivated. Bondage church members become brainwashed into not thinking for themselves. Bondage church members do not study Scripture themselves and do not arrive at their own understanding. My friends let me say this and we will move on tonight. Saints it’s all about Christ and Him Crucified. The basis of Christian freedom is the person and work of Jesus Christ. Therefore test all teaching against who Christ is and what he has done. Test what is not sure against the sure. Hence the need to know God’s Word rightly divided. Look at the assemblies you are attending ask yourself am I subjecting myself to manmade guidelines, traditions and commandments of men. Do you know why you are doing what you doing? Do you know where the things you are doing came from? Do they line up with the Word of God rightly divided? Ask yourself those questions and be true and honest with yourself and asked if God is pleased tonight by you knowing what His word says and not doing it. Are you pleasing God or man? 
Mishandling Of God’s Word (Going From Labor To Reward)
Example today is when Pastors say when a saint die and go home to be with the Lord, many say the saint is gone from labor to reward. This is a mishandling of God’s word. They have totally missed the judgment seat of Christ were saints will be rewarded for their service. These preachers are giving the saints the impression that there is no accountability in God’s work. The Judgment Seat of Christ is necessary because not one believer has received his reward for any service he has rendered in this life. Often, and frequently at funerals, we hear it said that the departed one has gone to his eternal reward. This is not scripturally correct. With this erroneous teaching, many saints are believing that will just walk right on into heaven and be rewarded for any kind of doctrine and that they just will reign with Christ forever. The departed saints are with the Lord, but not one has received his reward as yet. We are not rewarded one by one at death.  Then you ask the question, what about the rapture and that glorious event?


The Judgment Seat of Christ  
For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ (Romans 14:10). For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10). When Christians stand at the judgment seat of Christ, it will be for the express purpose of being rewarded according to their works. Look at the verse of Romans 14:10, it says we all shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. My friends, turn with me to 1 Corinthians chapter 3, we read: “[9] For we are laborer’s together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. [10] According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. [11] For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. [12] Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; [13] Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. [14] If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. [15] If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” What is the event the Rapture (1st Thessalonians 4:13-18), God the Son (Jesus Christ) will review the service of all members of the Church the Body of Christ at a special event. The above verses are one of three primary Bible passages that deal with this subject. Romans 14:10-12 uses the term “the judgment seat of Christ” to describe this time when “every one of us [Christians] shall give account of himself to God.” Second Corinthians chapter 5 adds further details: “[9] Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. [10] For we [Christians] must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” The judgment seat of Christ is not about how busy we were in doing religious works. It is not about how often we performed the sins of the flesh either. Second Corinthians 5:10 says that evaluation concerns what we Christians did “in” (not “by”) our body. What we did “in” our physical body is the type of doctrine we believed, or what information we stored in our soul (“inner man”). Why did we engage in our specific earthly behaviors? Was your whole life a life of wrong doctrines and following the traditions and commandments of men and not properly handling the word of God? The question is what motivated us to serve Jesus Christ on Earth? Was it good doctrine (symbolized by gold, silver, and precious stones)? Or, was it bad doctrine (represented by wood, hay, and stubble)? How much of each quality? To what extent did we apply by faith Pauline truth to our earthly life? That will result in a reward. To what extent did we allow false teaching to defile us by not properly handling the word of God? That will bring about a loss of reward. 
My brothers and sisters, let’s take a closer look at 1 Corinthians chapter 3: “[12] Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; [13] Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. [14] If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. [15] If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” Please pay close attention to the “fire” in verses 13 and 15. It burns the Christian’s work. Yet, strangely, that “fire” also “saves” the believer in Christ (verse 15). What exactly is going on here? Let’s look at some scriptures for some illumination and enlightenment. Colossians 3:23-25 tells us: “[23] And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; [24] Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. [25] But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” All members of the Body of Christ will inherit and share in Christ’s authority in the heavenly places: the inheritance is the heavenly places. I encourage you to read Ephesians 1:10-11. However, some believers will have limited participation. The “reward of the inheritance” (Colossians 3:24) is the role the believer will play in the heavenly places. As in earthly governments, there are various ranks or positions in heaven’s governments. I know that many saints in the body of Christ has never heard this teaching, my question to you is why are you continuing to sit under preachers and teachers who are not apt to teach and who continually mishandles the word of God.  Ephesians 1:21 and Colossians 1:16 speak of “thrones,” “dominions” “principalities,” “powers,” “mights,” and “every name that is named.” These are offices in which beings (angels in Heaven and humans on Earth) function as rulers.
I know many of you haven’t heard this type of teaching but it’s in the word of God. That was me for years and years, sitting under the traditions and commandments of men. Didn’t have a clue of the depths of God’s word in the dispensation of grace. Now let’s continue on, the specific rank, office, or role we hold/play is the “reward” bestowed to each Christian at the conclusion of the Judgment Seat of Christ. This reward is contingent upon the type or quality of doctrine we put into our soul on Earth. We will “receive for the wrong” (Colossians 3:25)—that is, suffer a penalty for bad doctrine. You know how a referee throw the penalty marker down on the field, that’s what’s going to happen to all those who refuse to follow God’s word rightly divided and continue to put the wrong doctrine on the inside. A penalty marker will be thrown down for following man and not God and continuing to put man above the spokesperson that God has given to us in the dispensation of grace. Many have been building on the wrong foundation and continue to build as I speak tonight. Oh my friends, there is going to be accountability one day. The penalty is a loss of reward, our reigning with Christ limited (had we not had that bad doctrine inside us, our reigning would have been more influential). Again, the inheritance is going to Heaven (free gift because of Jesus Christ’s finished crosswork). However, the reward of the inheritance is based on our Christian service, and that reward is the position we will hold and serve in within Heaven’s governments. The Judgment Seat of Christ is the review of all our Christian service (what we did since we first trusted Christ). “Every man’s work shall be made manifest.” God is going to bring forth every man’s work for a complete and thorough review. The apostle here is speaking of the body of a man’s work that he produced over the course of his Christian life. We often say concerning someone who devoted his entire life to a particular cause, “this was his life’s work.” In other words, it was the sum total of all he accomplished. The same will be true of the believer, for “the day shall declare it.” What day? The day of Christ when we must all appear before the Bema Seat. With our marching orders for the Body of Christ found in Paul’s epistles, we are going to be judged by the Word of God in light of his revelation. As our works are brought under the scrutiny of God’s Word, there are going to be two searching questions at that day: First, did we acknowledge Paul’s apostleship and message to the Gentiles? Second, were we obedient to the commands of Christ taught in his writings? Of course, the Lord will judge the members of His Body on the basis of their faithfulness to the light they had in regard to the revelation of the Mystery. The Word of God, which is sharper than any two-edged sword, will distinguish what s-o-r-t of work it is. It is not a matter of the volume of work done, but what type—the issue is quality, not quantity. Only those things that were done for Christ in relation to His heavenly ministry will be able to endure the intense scrutiny of the Word of God.

Wednesday Sept 20, 2017
Pastor Timothy Roberson
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study And Phone Ministry
Handling God’s Word Properly!!!!
Galatians 2:7: “But contrariwise, when they [James, Cephas/Peter, and John] saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me [Paul], as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;” and note what Paul said in Acts 20:24: “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” In fact, the heart of the Gospel of the Grace of God (the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as sufficient payment for our sins; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4) was not even revealed by God until we come to Paul’s ministry (Romans 2:16 “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel;” Romans 16:25 “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,;” Galatians 2:7“ But contrariwise, when they [James, Cephas/Peter, and John] saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me [Paul], as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;”; Ephesians 3:1-11 3 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7 Whereof I was made a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:  10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God; According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
1 Timothy 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust; 2 Timothy 2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:). Israel’s 12 apostles were not preaching the Gospel of the Grace of God, for they did not even know Jesus was going to die, let alone resurrect (Luke 18:31-34 Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken; John 20:8 8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw and believed 9For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.)!  
Luke 24:13-27 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done.22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.  Luke 24:45-47 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: Question, how can so many be following Jesus and his disciples and wanting to be like the 12? The twelve didn’t even understand Jesus death, burial and resurrection. The 12 message was not the death, burial and resurrection. We cannot “rightly divide” (?) the Gospel of Grace among the various dispensations as some teach, for those dispensations have their own sets of good news from God. However, we can certainly “rightly divide” the individual passages scattered throughout the Bible and leave them with their audience (that is, not force those verses on ourselves). It for this reason that “the word of truth” in 2 Timothy 2:15 cannot be a reference to any gospel message in Scripture (the Gospel of Grace, the Gospel of the Kingdom, et cetera). We need to let the context determine the meaning.
Let us read 2 Timothy 2:15-18: “[15] Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. [16] But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. [17] And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; [18] Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.”
Pay very close attention to the flow of thought here. Paul wrote that if we want to avoid “profane and vain babblings” (empty, worthless chatter), we must “study to shew [ourselves] approved unto God… rightly dividing the word of truth.” This cannot be restricted to the Gospel of Grace, for there is more to the Bible than just gospel messages. Plenty of people today promote “profane and vain babblings” that do not involve gospel messages, but do relate to other Bible verses. Thus, “the word of truth” in 2 Timothy 2:15 must have a very wide application: that is, more than a gospel message is involved in this verse. My friends notice something with me tonight in Colossians 1:5 “For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;” and Ephesians 1:13 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,” Paul did not write in 2 Timothy 2:15, “the word of truth of the gospel as in Colossians 1:5” or “the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation as in Ephesians 1:13,” he simply wrote, “the word of truth.” This should catch our attention!
Let’s look closely at what Paul is saying here tonight, Verses 17 and 18 of 2 Timothy chapter 2 speak of false teachers, people who do not “rightly divide the word of truth,” whose names are Hymenaeus and Philetus, and they teach that “the resurrection is past already” and “overthrow the faith of some.” This really has nothing to do with the Gospel; this has to with the failure to place this “resurrection” on the proper place of the Bible timeline. Notice my friends, these two men are not denying the resurrection, just getting its timing wrong. In order to get a better understanding, let scripture interpret scripture tonight. Go with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 for insight: “[1] Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, [2] That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. [3] Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;….” What is going on in Thessalonica is evidently what is occurring in 2 Timothy 2:18. There are false teachers (or, in the case of Thessalonica, at least one forged, or counterfeit, Bible manuscript) circulating the idea that the rapture (the resurrection of Christians for this Dispensation of Grace; 1 Corinthians 15:51-55; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) has already happened. The implication is, if the rapture has already happened, then Israel’s prophetic program has resumed, and that would mean that people who thought they would be saved from God’s wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9) are now experiencing it in the seven-year Tribulation! Notice how this troubled the Christians at Thessalonica: “[2] That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. [3] Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first,” (2 Thessalonians 2:2-3). Even today, people teach strange doctrines about a “mid-Trib” rapture, a “post-Trib” rapture, a “pre-wrath” rapture, or no rapture at all—people are still confusing the simple doctrine of the rapture. Keith Blades in his book properly handling the word of truth states that there were some serious problems with the Bible teaching that was taking place in some of the churches in Ephesus. Error was actually spewing forth the pulpits. As verse 18 of 2nd Timothy 2:18 makes clear, things were being taught by some of the pastors in Ephesus that were plainly wrong; that were downright erroneous. Now the important thing for us to understand about these incorrect, erroneous, faulty, and improper Bible teachings is that they were the result of improper Bible handling. 


It is not that these pastors had discarded the Bible, or had set it aside, and were simply preaching and teaching their own concocted ideas. It is not that they had abandoned the scriptures and were teaching and preaching from some book of human philosophy, or from some other purely human writings. No, not at all. Instead they had the scriptures, they were using them, they were studying them, and they were preaching from them. Wherefore it is not that they were saying things, or preaching about things, that they could not explicitly point to in the Bible and say, this why I am saying this. No, they could do this. These two men who are specifically mentioned in verse 17 were able to do this very thing. These preachers therefore had a Bible-based message. They talked about, and preached about, things in the Bible. They talked about spiritual and scriptural things. But the issue is that they were not handling the Word of God properly as they did this. This made it so that the particular things that they were saying from the Bible were wrong. As a result, the understanding that they were giving to the people was misleading and erroneous. What’s more, it was damaging and dangerous, as verse 18 indicates. Look carefully at verse 18 and notice that these two preachers Hymanaeus and Philetus- are saying that the resurrection is past already. The general issue of the resurrection of the dead is something that God speaks about repeatedly in the Bible. And the specific resurrection that is referred to by these two preachers is also something that the Bible speaks about. In other words, Hymanaeus and Philetus were preaching about a specific resurrection that is spoken about and taught about in God’s word. Therefore, it is not like these two preachers were saying that what the Bible talked about concerning the resurrection is a bunch of baloney, or that there is not truth in what the Bible says about it. No, not all. Instead these two preachers were purporting to be setting forth the truth of exactly what the Bible does say about the resurrection. So even though these preachers were handling the Bible, and were preaching and teaching about things that were in the Bible-that were clearly in the word of truth- they were actually wrong in what they were saying because of their improper Bible handling. Their improper Bible handling was making it so that they were teaching God’s word incorrectly, and it was also making it so that they were misapplying God’s word. Paul charges Timothy not to be like the increasing number of Bible preachers and teachers who sadly mishandle God’s word and misapply it. I heard preachers say I rather have Jesus and not need than to need Him and not have him. My friends out of ignorance, I use to quote this phrase because I heard men who had no knowledge of God’s word quote it. In other words, you are telling Jesus that I can make it today; I don’t need your grace and help. I can do it on my own. There is never a time when a saint of God doesn’t need our Lord and Savior. Men speaking words without knowledge. And many are sitting under preachers and teachers like this who have no knowledge of the word of God. 
Mishandling Of God’s Word (Going From Labor To Reward)
Example today is when Pastors say when a saint die and go home to be with the Lord, many say the saint is gone from labor to reward. This mishandling of God’s word. They have totally missed the judgment seat of Christ were saints will be rewarded for their service. These preachers are preaching are giving the saints the impression that there is no accountability in God’s work. The Judgment Seat of Christ is necessary because not one believer has received his reward for any service he has rendered in this life. Often, and frequently at funerals, we hear it said that the departed one has gone to his eternal reward. This is not scripturally correct. With this erroneous teaching, many saints are believing that will just walk right on into heaven and be rewarded for any kind of doctrine and that they just will reign with Christ forever. The departed saints are with the Lord, but not one has received his reward as yet. We are not rewarded one by one at death.  Then you ask the question, what about the rapture and that glorious event?

Wednesday Sept 20, 2017
Pastor Timothy Roberson
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study And Phone Ministry
Handling God’s Word Properly!!!!
Galatians 2:7: “But contrariwise, when they [James, Cephas/Peter, and John] saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me [Paul], as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;” and note what Paul said in Acts 20:24: “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” In fact, the heart of the Gospel of the Grace of God (the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as sufficient payment for our sins; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4) was not even revealed by God until we come to Paul’s ministry (Romans 2:16 “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel;” Romans 16:25 “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,;” Galatians 2:7“ But contrariwise, when they [James, Cephas/Peter, and John] saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me [Paul], as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;”; Ephesians 3:1-11 3 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7 Whereof I was made a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:  10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God; According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
1 Timothy 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust; 2 Timothy 2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:). Israel’s 12 apostles were not preaching the Gospel of the Grace of God, for they did not even know Jesus was going to die, let alone resurrect (Luke 18:31-34 Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken; John 20:8 8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw and believed 9For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.)!  
Luke 24:13-27 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done.22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.  Luke 24:45-47 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: Question, how can so many be following Jesus and his disciples and wanting to be like the 12? The twelve didn’t even understand Jesus death, burial and resurrection. The 12 message was not the death, burial and resurrection. We cannot “rightly divide” (?) the Gospel of Grace among the various dispensations as some teach, for those dispensations have their own sets of good news from God. However, we can certainly “rightly divide” the individual passages scattered throughout the Bible and leave them with their audience (that is, not force those verses on ourselves). It for this reason that “the word of truth” in 2 Timothy 2:15 cannot be a reference to any gospel message in Scripture (the Gospel of Grace, the Gospel of the Kingdom, et cetera). We need to let the context determine the meaning.
Let us read 2 Timothy 2:15-18: “[15] Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. [16] But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. [17] And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; [18] Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.”
Pay very close attention to the flow of thought here. Paul wrote that if we want to avoid “profane and vain babblings” (empty, worthless chatter), we must “study to shew [ourselves] approved unto God… rightly dividing the word of truth.” This cannot be restricted to the Gospel of Grace, for there is more to the Bible than just gospel messages. Plenty of people today promote “profane and vain babblings” that do not involve gospel messages, but do relate to other Bible verses. Thus, “the word of truth” in 2 Timothy 2:15 must have a very wide application: that is, more than a gospel message is involved in this verse. My friends notice something with me tonight in Colossians 1:5 “For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;” and Ephesians 1:13 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,” Paul did not write in 2 Timothy 2:15, “the word of truth of the gospel as in Colossians 1:5” or “the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation as in Ephesians 1:13,” he simply wrote, “the word of truth.” This should catch our attention!
Let’s look closely at what Paul is saying here tonight, Verses 17 and 18 of 2 Timothy chapter 2 speak of false teachers, people who do not “rightly divide the word of truth,” whose names are Hymenaeus and Philetus, and they teach that “the resurrection is past already” and “overthrow the faith of some.” This really has nothing to do with the Gospel; this has to with the failure to place this “resurrection” on the proper place of the Bible timeline. Notice my friends, these two men are not denying the resurrection, just getting its timing wrong. In order to get a better understanding, let scripture interpret scripture tonight. Go with me to 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 for insight: “[1] Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, [2] That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. [3] Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;….” What is going on in Thessalonica is evidently what is occurring in 2 Timothy 2:18. There are false teachers (or, in the case of Thessalonica, at least one forged, or counterfeit, Bible manuscript) circulating the idea that the rapture (the resurrection of Christians for this Dispensation of Grace; 1 Corinthians 15:51-55; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) has already happened. The implication is, if the rapture has already happened, then Israel’s prophetic program has resumed, and that would mean that people who thought they would be saved from God’s wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9) are now experiencing it in the seven-year Tribulation! Notice how this troubled the Christians at Thessalonica: “[2] That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. [3] Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first,” (2 Thessalonians 2:2-3). Even today, people teach strange doctrines about a “mid-Trib” rapture, a “post-Trib” rapture, a “pre-wrath” rapture, or no rapture at all—people are still confusing the simple doctrine of the rapture. Keith Blades in his book properly handling the word of truth states that there were some serious problems with the Bible teaching that was taking place in some of the churches in Ephesus. Error was actually spewing forth the pulpits. As verse 18 of 2nd Timothy 2:18 makes clear, things were being taught by some of the pastors in Ephesus that were plainly wrong; that were downright erroneous. Now the important thing for us to understand about these incorrect, erroneous, faulty, and improper Bible teachings is that they were the result of improper Bible handling. 


It is not that these pastors had discarded the Bible, or had set it aside, and were simply preaching and teaching their own concocted ideas. It is not that they had abandoned the scriptures and were teaching and preaching from some book of human philosophy, or from some other purely human writings. No, not at all. Instead they had the scriptures, they were using them, they were studying them, and they were preaching from them. Wherefore it is not that they were saying things, or preaching about things, that they could not explicitly point to in the Bible and say, this why I am saying this. No, they could do this. These two men who are specifically mentioned in verse 17 were able to do this very thing. These preachers therefore had a Bible-based message. They talked about, and preached about, things in the Bible. They talked about spiritual and scriptural things. But the issue is that they were not handling the Word of God properly as they did this. This made it so that the particular things that they were saying from the Bible were wrong. As a result, the understanding that they were giving to the people was misleading and erroneous. What’s more, it was damaging and dangerous, as verse 18 indicates. Look carefully at verse 18 and notice that these two preachers Hymanaeus and Philetus- are saying that the resurrection is past already. The general issue of the resurrection of the dead is something that God speaks about repeatedly in the Bible. And the specific resurrection that is referred to by these two preachers is also something that the Bible speaks about. In other words, Hymanaeus and Philetus were preaching about a specific resurrection that is spoken about and taught about in God’s word. Therefore, it is not like these two preachers were saying that what the Bible talked about concerning the resurrection is a bunch of baloney, or that there is not truth in what the Bible says about it. No, not all. Instead these two preachers were purporting to be setting forth the truth of exactly what the Bible does say about the resurrection. So even though these preachers were handling the Bible, and were preaching and teaching about things that were in the Bible-that were clearly in the word of truth- they were actually wrong in what they were saying because of their improper Bible handling. Their improper Bible handling was making it so that they were teaching God’s word incorrectly, and it was also making it so that they were misapplying God’s word. Paul charges Timothy not to be like the increasing number of Bible preachers and teachers who sadly mishandle God’s word and misapply it. I heard preachers say I rather have Jesus and not need than to need Him and not have him. My friends out of ignorance, I use to quote this phrase because I heard men who had no knowledge of God’s word quote it. In other words, you are telling Jesus that I can make it today; I don’t need your grace and help. I can do it on my own. There is never a time when a saint of God doesn’t need our Lord and Savior. Men speaking words without knowledge. And many are sitting under preachers and teachers like this who have no knowledge of the word of God. 
Mishandling Of God’s Word (Going From Labor To Reward)
Example today is when Pastors say when a saint die and go home to be with the Lord, many say the saint is gone from labor to reward. This mishandling of God’s word. They have totally missed the judgment seat of Christ were saints will be rewarded for their service. These preachers are preaching are giving the saints the impression that there is no accountability in God’s work. The Judgment Seat of Christ is necessary because not one believer has received his reward for any service he has rendered in this life. Often, and frequently at funerals, we hear it said that the departed one has gone to his eternal reward. This is not scripturally correct. With this erroneous teaching, many saints are believing that will just walk right on into heaven and be rewarded for any kind of doctrine and that they just will reign with Christ forever. The departed saints are with the Lord, but not one has received his reward as yet. We are not rewarded one by one at death.  Then you ask the question, what about the rapture and that glorious event?

“Be Instant/Ready To Act (Stop Being Lazy)”
By Pastor Timothy D. Roberson


2nd Timothy 4:2 “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine”

What does the Bible mean, “Instant/ Ready To Act” Christians?
In 2 Timothy 4:2, “instant” means “ready to act”—it implies intense activity or an impending quick motion. Paul is charging Timothy (and all Christians) to not be slothful in the ministry, hoping “someone else” will share the Gospel with others, hoping “someone else” will teach Christians God’s Word rightly divided. The Holy Ghost knows that it is easy for our flesh to surrender to opposition, to be passive or lazy, to keep the Bible but just teach it according to a denomination or church tradition for the sake of pleasing man, or to throw away the Bible completely and do what “everyone else is doing” (in religion or in “the world”). 2nd Timothy 4:1-2 says I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; [2] Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” To begin this final chapter to the Body of Christ, the Holy Spirit issues a “charge,” a command, what we are to do with the previous three chapters of information. We are ordered to “preach the Word,” not to keep it to ourselves, not to keep it on our bookshelves, and not to hope someone else (with more degrees, more “talent,” more “piety”) will share it with others.

 Be Prepared
Furthermore, we are to be prepared to preach the Word. Sadly, many Christians in the body of Christ are eager to preach and/or teach the Bible, with sincerity and fervency. Let me say this and that is without spiritual knowledge and wisdom, these types of Christians are dangerous. I’ve learned that the vast majority of saints in the Body of Christ” today, particularly ministers and teachers, need to hush and study their Bible rightly divided because they have little to no understanding of the Book they claim to be believing and proclaiming (that was me years ago!). They speak words without knowledge and are misleading and harmful to other saints in the Body of Christ. They do it with false doctrine as well as they are misleading sinners by preaching the wrong gospel for us in the Body of Christ. Many are mixing the gospel of the kingdom to Israel and the mystery program for the Body of Christ. Paul urged Timothy as well as you and me to be “instant in season, out of season.” Ministers and Bible teachers have to study God’s Word so they can be ready to minister it, share and proclaim it, in convenient times and in inconvenient times. Saint, we must be prepared, for we never know who will approach us seeking the Bible’s truth, or at what time of day (or night!) they will “come upon” us. We need to simply let the Holy Spirit train us by studying and memorizing His Bible. With great sadness I acknowledge that the average Christian has not been trained in God’s Word rightly divided, (just familiar with denominational creeds, prayers without understanding, songs without understanding, religious clichés, and manmade traditions and commandments). Once again that was me for many years. And when many of these saints are confronted with even the simplest Bible questions, let alone the deeper ones, they have very little input (sometimes no input whatsoever!). The Bible critics go unanswered (most Christians equally ignorant of Scripture). Many can’t defend their position on what they believe and why they believe it. As we read 2 Timothy 4:2 within its context, once again: “[1] I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; [2] Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” Before Father God Himself, and before Jesus Christ our Lord, the Holy Spirit through Paul gave very clear instructions to Timothy (primarily, to all local church leaders, but we as saints in the Body of Christ can benefit as well). Note the three specific commands: (1) “Preach the word,” (2) “Be instant in season, out of season,” and (3) “Reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” Firstly, we are to preach God’s Word rightly divided, the Holy Bible, not impressions, traditions, speculations, and superstitions. Secondly, we are to be so skilled in God’s Word rightly divided that we can quickly bring inquisitive people to verses pertinent to their situations or questions. Lastly, we are to “reprove” (blame, disapprove), “rebuke” (stronger than “reprove,” “rebuke” is sharp disapproval or severe criticism), “exhort” (strongly encourage) “with all longsuffering and doctrine.”

Speak The Truth In Love
As Christians, we need to have the utmost integrity in all areas and be careful not to be a stumbling block to a fellow Christian or the unbeliever. We should make every effort to live at peace with others (Romans 12:18) “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” This does not mean, however, we will never offend a fellow Christian if, for example, a rebuke is needed. Even though we speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”, we might still offend. We must live by the truth of God's Word, and those people who are living contrary to the truth are often offended. Non-Christians may be offended as well. Although we cannot keep people from getting offended, we should make sure that it is the truth that offends rather than our attitude, actions, or approach. We must follow biblical principles in all areas. At times, offending is wrong, and at other times, it is necessary. As we spread the truth of God's Word rightly divided, we should do so in love, humility, and boldness, making sure we are living by the truth.

How Can We Reprove, Rebuke And Exhort When We Don’t Study Our Bibles Rightly Divided? Lot Of Talk And No Action!!! How Can We Tell If Someone Study Their Bibles Rightly Divided Or Have Some Knowledge Of The Word Of God? The Moment They Open Their Mouth. Just Listen To Them. The Holy Spirit Will Show You And You Will Discern That They Are Confused, They Truly Don’t Have An Understanding And Knowledge Of God’s Word And That They Need To Be Taught.

Skilled In God’s Word Rightly Divided (With All Longsuffering)
Saints in the Body of Christ are to be skilled in God’s Word rightly divided and are commanded to “with all longsuffering [patience for an extended period of time] and doctrine [teaching that is to be believed]” correct false teachers. We do this by lovingly, meekly, and gently preaching or teaching God’s Word dispensationally. Many times it’s not what we say, it’s how we say it, the message could be right on point, but are we presenting it in a loving, meek and gentle way. Are we running people away from God’s word or to it? 2nd Timothy 2:24-26 says And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. If we teach and present God’s word God’s way, by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit, Doctrinal errors will be thus manifested, and these erring people have opportunity to turn from such nonsense. The skilled Bible students are to then encourage the false teachers to embrace the truth he or she has set forth (the skilled Bible student was “instant,” ready, to correct error). Ultimately, the false teacher is to decide which to seek. In the context of the epistle, Timothy, as a mature church leader, is to stifle false teaching in the local assembly and remove from teaching/leadership positions Christians who refuse to turn from the doctrinal error (see 1 Timothy 6:3-6). “Instant” Christians are the key to solid and stable local Christian assemblies!


I have learned from my years in the grace ministry that most church members are content to ignore Paul’s apostleship to us Gentiles (Romans 11:13). It is easier to “go with the flow,” to let the (college- or seminary-educated) preacher or priest do all the Bible study, to just sit in the pew and listen to “educated ideas and philosophy” with ease. Howbeit, I have also learned that some church members are ever so eager to see and believe the Bible—Paul is “the apostle of the Gentiles” (Romans 11:13), God’s spokesman to us. Despite all the complacency in the professing church, I have seen and I know there are still a few precious souls here and there who are so desperately seeking the truth, so noble like the Bereans, who need someone to share with them God’s Word rightly divided, that they may believe it (Acts 17:10-11). They are tired of religious traditions, commandments of men, boring and burdensome rites and rituals; ministers “smoothing over” what some might call contradictory or difficult Bible texts and making the passages say something else. There are no contradictions if we study rightly divided.

What Will It Take!!!! Time To Come Away From Denominationalism
Like me at one time, there are many saints that will gladly toss away their denomination, and along with it, all the confusion and nonsense religious tradition engenders. But, they cannot do it, for they know of nothing else. They do not realize the worthlessness of what they have until they see the value of what we have. We must share God’s grace with them!! It is our honor, our privilege. We were once there, too, and we have the answer. “What liberty we now have! What clarity we now have! What charity we now have! What ministry we now have!” Let us make “instant” Christians! How do we make “instant” Christians? As with anything instant (coffee, rice, photos, messaging, et cetera), some work is necessary! It takes a dedicated preacher or teacher to actually teach his people the Bible instead of giving them “Bible chats and pep talks”. It takes studying the Bible instead of reading books about the Bible. It takes reading the Bible instead of singing and dancing about the Bible. Remember, our ministry is not to force God’s Word rightly divided on anyone. We share the verses in compassion, not in spite or strife, picking fights. We “teach” them, very patiently, gently, meekly. It is time-consuming, but it is ever so worth it, and we will never know the true value of “instant” Christians until we reach heaven! God’s Word will go to work in our lives when we believe it, and His power will be with us as we minister to others: 1st Thessalonians 2:13“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe”. God’s power that worked in those in time past works in us. We need to store God’s Word inside us, believe it, and the Holy Spirit will do the rest.

Pastor Roberson I’ve Heard This Word Of Truth Rightly Divided (What Must I Do Now Since I See It) Thank God For Giving The Increase And Opening Your Eyes Up To The Word Of Truth Rightly Divided!!!

What Must I Do Now? (Pray For God’s Grace To Strengthen You In Your Inner Man Because Satan And His Legions Of Demons Will Be After You)


 (1) Decision Making Time: You must make a decision to come away from the religious system and from the teaching and preaching that’s not teaching the word of truth rightly divided. Only the effectual working of the Holy Spirit through the word of God can help you see the light and give you the strength to walk away. (2) Solid Teaching: Get under some teaching rightly divided, if that means home bible studies and gatherings at different locations to study the word of truth rightly divided. (3) Teacher Is Apt To Teach: make sure the teacher is apt to teach, skilled in the word of truth rightly divided. There are many grace believers or supposing grace believers who are not apt to teach. (4) Support System: Come together with other grace believers and study the word of truth rightly divided and always feel free to call and ask questions of brothers and sisters that truly know the message and that means me my friend. Get each other’s phone numbers and call and talk with each other. (5) Study And Not Just Read: Study God’s word rightly divided and pray and meditate on it daily. Be in the word of God rightly divided and not around it (6) Pray: Stay prayerful in your inner man and rest on the power of the Holy Spirit when the temptations to go back to the religious system come along. You will get these temptations from former church members, friends, family members and even your former pastor. (7) Trust God And Not Man: Rest and trust in God when He says His grace is sufficient. Know this and believe it.

Conclusion

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:2).


My friends we need more “instant” Christians. We need more ready to act Christians. “Instant or Ready To Act” is defined as, “happening or coming immediately, prepared quickly and with little effort.” Being “instant” means the Christian is so skilled in God’s Word rightly divided, so in tune with His Father’s Word, that he or she daily has a greater comprehension and delight in that Word, and that Word is so integral in his or her thinking that it is not a burden to speak of its doctrine with clarity and conciseness, that he or she has read it so much that numerous verses and/or passages can be quoted without a printed Bible present (2 Timothy 4:2). It is these skilled Christians that the church lacks. Why? The average Christian is weak, unable to take a solid stand on doctrine because he or she does not even know sound Bible doctrine (the individual’s fault and the local church’s fault). Now we see why the world is not interested in hearing someone who “loves the Bible” but knows nothing about it! The “instant” Christian is one who has studied and still studies the entire Bible, but he or she will study especially Romans through Philemon. This will be followed by prayer, speaking to God by repeating His Word back to Him, and applying it to life by faith. He or she will grow more and more familiar with God’s Word rightly divided. As the years pass, he or she will speak of Bible verses and topics with greater depth and wisdom, ready to give an answer to both the curious and the critical. As a soldier arms himself or herself with the proper equipment, so we arm ourselves with the “sword of the Spirit,” that we “fight the good fight of faith!”