Friday, April 28, 2017

2 Timothy 2:15

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. We might paraphrase this by, Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a laborer without cause for shame, correctly apportioning the word of truth.

This is not to be an improvement, but a help in explaining it. It is helpful at times to try expressing things in various ways. In Eph. 4:3 we find the word endeavoring, but the Greek is the same as studying. But also we find the word in Gal. 2:10 where it is forward or zealous. This will give some idea of the meaning.

This does not mean that we are to endeavor to work for our salvation. It is not seeking approval by good works in the sense of being saved by works. A workman is one who is already hired, the servant. And he is supposed to do a good job at whatever he may be doing. But here it is rightly dividing the Word of Truth.

The Word of Truth makes some divisions that men have forgotten about, or never knew. The kingdom and the church are distinctly divided in the Word. But Christendom is very careless about this. And so they speak of the church which is the body of Christ as the bride. But the bride is Israel, and so has to do with the kingdom on earth, not heavenly places.

Law and grace are all mixed up, and some think that the law of Israel is in effect in the Gentile church of today. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Even back when Israel had the law, when Paul wrote to the Galatians, he made it plain that the Gentile believers had no business being circumcised and obeying Israel's law. And the council in Jerusalem in Acts 15 verified that very thing. But Christendom does not know. And there was a time when Israel did not know, no not as much as the ox and ass. See Isa. 1:3. And Christendom does no better.

At the end of the flood, there was a change in climate, a change in diet, and a change in that murder was to be punished by death.

At Babel began the building of cities, a great curse to mankind. Also a change in language. And so the nations were given up as in Romans 1:18-32. But at that very time a new nation was promised which would some day restore the law of God to the earth. So Abraham enters the picture and the nation, Israel.

There are other changes during the OT. And the same things went on in the NT to a certain point. The NT begins with the offer of the kingdom, and Acts 28:28 reveals the kingdom set aside and postponed to a future season.

But for today the great good news is that at Acts 28:28 the salvation of God was sent to the Gentiles. And immediately the present dispensation of the mystery was revealed by the apostle Paul. And this dispensation is still in force at this writing. And so we are to study to shew ourselves approved as we teach.

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0 #5 Maw Hen 2013-05-17 20:05
I really enjoy this teaching series, I do wonder why you used the descriptive word "zealous" to explain the Greek word spoudazo "study".
The R. V. uses "zealous" in Gal. 2:10 for the word “forward”: … we should remember the poor; which very thing I was also zealous to do. But uses “Give diligence” in place of the word “Study” in 2 Tim 2:15: “Give diligence to present thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, handling aright the word of truth.”

Of the 11 verses in which spoudazo is used 9 of those are translated “give diligence” in the R. V.; 1 is "endeavored" and only Gal. 2:10 is “zealous” used.

The 5 times the Greek, zelotes is used in KJ it is translated “zealous” as it is also in the R.V.

Zelotes is a noun and refers to a “zealot” from the 13 century, "one who is a zealous follower" or "member of a militant 1st century Jewish sect which fiercely resisted the Romans in Palestine" from zeloo "to have warmth of feeling for or against i.e., to burn with zeal" from zelos properly "heat", i.e. (figurative) “zeal

“Zealous” in the dictionary is an adjective and could possibly describe how one should “study”.

It would appear that any of the other verses containing "spoudazo" would be more helpful in explaining 2Tim 2:15:

Eph 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

1Th 2:17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.

2Tim 4:9 Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:
2Ti 4:21 Do thy diligence to come before winter...

Tts 3:12be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter.

Hbr 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

2Pet 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

2Pet 1:15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.

2Pet 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

"Study" which is a verb and the other translated words: "do(give) diligence, be diligent, endeavour and labour" have such wonderful and enlightening definitions and origins, without the confusing connotations of the word zealous which is more desire then effort or duty as endeavour refers or the “attentiveness and carefulness” of diligence. Just the meaning of the word study: "application of the mind to the acquisition of knowledge" would seem a better description. All these also contain the need for “haste and urgency”.

As for in Gal. 2:10 the word “forward” means “early” or fore, ”before or in the front” and -ward, "toward," lit. "turned toward," so: Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was "toward the front" or “early” to do.

I feel very blest of God to have found this site and truly thank you for your efforts at right division.

God's Peace

Our Reply,
Thank you for your Berean spirit to study those things that differ with careful attention to The Word of Truth.

We were trying in our limited way to expand on the KJV translators use of "forward" in Galatians 2:10 by the word zealous which according to Merrium - Webster means "personal zeal" which means "eagerness and ardent interest in pursuit of something: fervor". As we said in the article "It is helpful at times to try expressing things in various ways" which in this case may help some but should always cause additional study which we commend you for doing. Thank you for the additional research and we hope it blesses other as it has us.

All His Blessings,
The Believers
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+2 #4 Husk 2012-05-17 13:33
Know that God is using whoever is posting this in a HUGE way! I am writing a book at the present, each day I pray for confirmation about what I'm writing. A few days ago I decided to read this Each morning while in the shower,the Lord places a thought on me, as I drink my coffee and check the computer.....Its right on! Cant wait for tomorrow! God Bless.
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+1 #3 Kenneth Householder 2011-11-09 23:43
I really love too read what you have to say reguarding Gods holy word it is very informative thanks so much and god bless ken householder signed ken householder
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+1 #2 Brenda K Bruns 2011-11-09 20:02
Thank You, for God word
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0 #1 linda vell 2011-05-18 11:18
:-) thank you god bless
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