Rightly dividing the word of truth. This is the topic of today’s post. Whole denominations can exist as a result of the misrepresentation of the word of God. Invalid assumptions about Israel and the end-times are popular because we have imported the old covenant into the present and mixed it with the new. Thousands sit dormant under gifted teachers, consuming religion because they assume that the church they are familiar with - with its hierarchy, religious consumerism and repetitious routine - is the church Jesus is building. But it’s not. His is built when we rightly discern the word of truth. What is ‘this word?’ It’s Jesus.
‘But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him’ John 4.23 NIV.
Truth like grace and righteousness is Jesus. Truth has always been a property of God. Spirit and truth is available to all who live in Jesus in the mode of Christ our life. Bible reading has merit. Don’t be Biblically illiterate. But light and truth are found in the Spirit of Christ. Ensure you are immersed in the person of Jesus and read your Bible through the Jesus Lens.
‘When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father--the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father--he will testify about me’ John 15.26 NIV.
One of the most important gifts of teaching and preaching today is the gift of rightly dividing the word of truth. A common contrived and mistaken interpretive lens is the law. Interpreting the Bible through the knowledge of good and evil produces not life but death. Word become words of life in Christ our life.
Apostolic teaching - for that it what is it is - comes from those who are sons in spirit and in truth; from those who are one with Father and as a result, one with themselves and one with the spirit of wisdom and revelation. But not from boys who are intent on having a ministry or even from sincere people who are enfolded in the old covenant. Rightly dividing the word of truth; discerning the meaning of scripture accurately is the result of union with God – never union with the law.
‘Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth’ 2 Tim 2.15 KJV.
Of itself, Bible study does not produce wisdom or revelation. The latter starts in Father and flows into us and our Bible study and presentations when Christ is our life. Discerning the meaning of scripture results from the incarnated Spirit of truth in the teacher. This is the One Spirit that aligns her with the meaning of the living and written word and uncovers treasures new and old. The result is words of spirit and life and a release of the river of life that is the Spirit of God.
‘But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come’ John 16.13 NIV.
SPIRIT AND LIFE
Spirit, life and truth ignite the soul, overcome passivity and propel the Believer into being a king and a priest in the kingdom. The foundational truth of the new covenant age is the incarnation - Christ in the Believer, the trinity living in the saved and the manifest presence manifest as you!
Paul announced the mystery revealed as Christ in you. Jesus promised that the God-head would come and live in anyone who believed His words. There is nothing here about one or two gifted teachers and a hoard of passive observers. It’s wonderful that teachers of God can reveal the treasures of God because they are living a life of intimacy and union with Jesus. But Jesus never intended that thousands coagulate and stagnate in churches, AS DORMANT CONSUMERS while one or two shine with the shekinah glory that is the inheritance of all.
All who are sons enjoying the spirit of Sonship are apostolic in their persons. They may not be apostles but all sons are apostolic as representatives and emissaries of our Father. The non-believer is an expression of our Father whether she knows it or not. A life well-lived and people loved is a testimony to our Father. How much more so when we are living in the fullness of the Spirit of Sonship as new creation beings! When Christ is your life you are life-giving spirits in your flesh - yet not fleshly and carnal in deportment. How good is that?!
Conferences and good teaching can inspire and motivate. But religion that creates dependency is the mystery of iniquity. It disempowers the Believer and hinders the new creation advance.
‘This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God’ 1 John 4.2 NIV. As this scripture says this is less about evil spirit and more about the Spirit of God in you.
You don’t need other people to take you into the presence. You live in it. Don’t succumb to charismatic gobbledygook. You are already in the presence and the presence is in you. You even have to be a church person. The presence is where you are because Christ has come in your person - in your flesh. He is in you and with you. We need not be a church of cripples led by one or two who are not in a wheel chair. There is no mediator of God other than the Spirit of Christ already in you. And you are the son/daughter of our Father and the manifestation of the Spirit of Christ where you are!