Introduction to Rightly Dividing The Word Of God: Part 1 of 16

1 Corinthians 10:32
“Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.”


Welcome to “Rightly Dividing The Word Of God.”  In this 16-Part study, we will be doing both a macro and a micro view of the Bible.  Both types of study are important in their own rite to one’s overall understanding of scripture.  Together, they give you a clearer view of God’s word.

Three Groups Of People.

In all His dealings with man down through history, in the present and into the future, God is working or dealing with one of these three groups:  The Jews, the Gentiles or the Church.  This is very important to understand as it illuminates not only what you are reading; it will give you an idea of where we are on His prophetic, or “Kairos,” timeline!

Two of these groups of people are unsaved:  Jews and non-Jews, or Gentiles.  Jewish people are natural descendants of Abraham who have rejected their Messiah.  Gentiles are their non-Jewish counterpart.

The Church is made up of both groups except, of. course, they have accepted Jesus as their Messiah.  As a result, they are now neither Jew nor Gentile but an entirely new creation:  SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD!

Rightly Dividing.

What does it mean to “Rightly Divide” the word of God?  I always thought it meant simply to accurately understand what you’re reading.  While that is certainly included, there is a bit more to it.  What Paul meant by “Rightly dividing” is to “Rightly divide” the covenants.   The Holy Spirit has actually “divided” up the Word of God into sections by various covenants and dispensations. He has made these agreements, or covenants, with whatever group of people He is working or dealing at that particular time.

For instance, today we are under the New Covenant.  The curses that affected those who were under Mosaic Law no longer apply, unless you choose to operate under it.  We’ll cover that later.

Importance Of Context.

The next important concept to understand is, “Context.”  IT IS THE MOST CRITICAL ASPECT of Bible study to understand.  As they say,  “CONTEXT IS KING.”  I am often amazed at pastors who don’t seem to understand how to determine the context of a particular passage.  The sad thing is, when they ignore this important principle, they needlessly and unwittingly put believers under bondage by misunderstanding amd misapplying scripture.  The unintended consequence is that their congregations are hamstrung, so to speak, “Helping” them to live UNholy lives.

Let me give your an example:  When Israel finally entered the Promised land, it was inhabited by Giants.  These people were not fully human.  They were the product of demon/human unions, the after-flood version of the Nephillim.  At that point in time, it was quite appropriate for them to pray that they have good success killing every man, woman and child.  We don’t pray that kind of prayer today because there are no more Anakim or Rephaim. But it was certainly appropriate to pray that in Joshua’s day.  Today we pray based on what is on God’s heart now:  That none would perish and all come to repentance.

You see, before, as well as after, the flood, one of the devil’s plans had been to pollute the human race with his “hybrids” in an attempt to prevent the virgin birth.  Had he succeeded, the human race would have ceased to exist.  God stopped him by sending the flood, which effectively destroyed all his creatures.  But God promised Noah He would never flood the whole earth again.  That’s why He raised Israel to destroy the devil’s latest attempt to pollute humanity so our race would be preserved, free of angelic DNA.

If all the above is a new concept to you, please refer to the link below to learn more on that topic:

The Difference Between “TO” And “FOR.”

Here is another critical skill when you are trying to determine the proper context.  You need to understand TO WHOM or FOR WHOM is a particular passage written TO or FOR.  Don’t be like some Christians and put yourself everywhere, thinking that the entire Bible is written or applies TO believers.  The curses of Deuteronomy absolutely DO NOT apply to the Church, for example.  Remember the phrase, “No condemnation?”  That means “NO MORE CURSE.”  They no longer apply TO you.

Some parts are written TO Jewish people, both saved and unsaved.  Other portions are addressing the Gentiles (unsaved non-Jews) and some are written only TO the non-Jewish Church.  Should we even read those parts of scriptures?  Yes.  There are lessons to be learned and benefits to be gained from all of scripture.  If this sounds confusing, we’ll be covering more on those topics later on in another segment of this series.

#1 Problem.

Many sincere, well-meaning pastors and theologians miss it right here because they do not know how to rightly divide the word.  They mix up the covenants.  This is the #1 factor that leads to MISunderstandings, MISinterpretations, MISapplication and wrong doctrines.  Inevitably, it has the effect of bringing believers back under bondage to the law.


So, with all that in mind, let’s begin with a panoramic overview of the Bible in Part 2 of “Rightly Dividing The Word Of God.”  Please follow the link below to continue:

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