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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Key Bible Verse: Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15, NKJV) Dig Deeper: Psalm 119:97-104
The Bible tells us to “be diligent” [about] “rightly dividing the word of truth” (today’s Key Bible Verse). The phrase rightly dividing means “dis-secting correctly.”
Do you believe that Jesus Christ is God? Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to get to the Father? Do you believe God wants to reveal his will for you? Unfortunately, many Christians can’t answer these questions with intelligent, scriptural responses.
One reason for this is that often we do not read the Bible intelligently. Many times we read, but we fail to understand what is being said in the larger context. We have no idea who is speaking, nor do we know the circumstances surrounding the passage.
For instance, if you read about the various animal sacrifices in the Old Testament, you might become confused if you didn’t have a basic understanding for the New Testament. If it were me, I might conclude that the best way to approach God is to sacrifice an animal. However, with an understanding of the New Testament, I realize that the sacrificial system foreshadowed what Jesus would do on the cross and is no longer necessary.
—Greg Laurie in Let God Change Your Life
My Response: How would I respond to the questions asked in the second paragraph? Can I support my answers with Scripture?
Thought to Apply: We must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.—A. W. Tozer (preacher)
Adapted from Let God Change Your Life (David C. Cook, 2011) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher.
Copyright © 2012 by Christianity Today/Men of Integrity magazine.
Prayer for the Week
Lord, may I strive to not only read your Word regularly, but to also study it carefully and apply it more consistently.