THE KNOWLEGE OF THE TRUTH
By Robert E. Hanna
Scripture Reading: I Timothy 2: 1-4
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works" (II Timothy 3:16-17). When we deal with the Word of God, we are responsible to handle it properly. The above statement is perfectly true regarding "all Scripture." However, improperly studied and taught, it can confuse and frustrate. Our apostle desired "that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery ojChrist ... that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak" (Colossians 4:3-4). Paul refers to his own message, the gospel of the grace of God, of which he has said, "Though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed" (Galatians 1:8).
Paul's gospel is the message from God for today; thus, it is our gospel. It is that which we should present to others as we minister God's Word. We are encouraged to "Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man" (Colossians 4:5-6). How can we thus equip ourselves properly? By heeding Paul's own instruction: "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RlGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH" (II Timothy 2:15). In other words, follow the pattern: who is speaking, to whom is he speaking, when, where, for what purpose, under what circumstances, and in what context ... "Speaking the truth in love" (Ephesians 4:15).
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