My friends I have learned that without the proper division of the scriptures, it is impossible to have a working knowledge of God's word to us today. We are not Israel nor do we take Israel's place in God's program. We have a unique position in God's plan and purpose and Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles tells us that Israel has fallen temporarily and today, in the dispensation of the grace of God, Gentiles are blessed of God apart from Israel. My friends please remember that while all Scripture is for us, all Scripture is not written to or about us. This is the key to understanding the Bible. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope (Romans 15:4)
RIGHTLY DIVIDING YOUR BIBLE
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15. While the entire Bible was inspired by God for our benefit, it is not all written to the same people. God spoke different things to different people at different times. Every time it was according to his two-fold purpose. The key to understanding the Bible hinges on our ability to discern what is written to us and what is not. This is what is meant by right division of the Bible. The only way that we can truly understand the Scripture is through the use of right division. That means separate the kingdom gospel, from the gospel of the grace of God, and separate the church the body of Christ from the Nation of Israel. Our instructions for this dispensation were given to the apostle Paul, and again they are unsearchable in all previous dispensations. Do not wait for your pastor to tell you these things he may not even want to know them himself.
Understanding The Bible
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth" (II Tim. 2:15) In Eph. 2 the Apostle Paul sets forth the basic three-fold division in God's dealings with mankind: Time Past (v.11,12), But Now (v.13), and The Ages to Come (v.7). When the Bible is "laid out" according to this divinely inspired design we easily get an overview of not only what we are reading but when and to whom it was written. Thus the Word of God itself provides us with the key to its own proper understanding and right division. To “rightly divide the word of truth” means to properly handle the Bible by recognizing & making the division in it that needs to be made because of God’s different programs.
What It Means To Rightly Divide the Scriptures
The Apostle Paul tells us to study God’s word with a view to rightly dividing the word of truth. It is interesting that when people talk about how to study the Bible there is all kinds of different methods that people use: historical, literal, allegorical. There are all these different methods people use but you can see right here in the word of God that God’s method, through the pen of the Apostle Paul to Timothy and to us, is to rightly divide the word of truth. When the Apostle Paul thought about the concept of rightly dividing the word of truth, he thought of God’s Word in terms of its right division, that is, times past, but now and ages to come. (Ephesians 2:11,13,7) Very simply, as the Apostle Paul thought about God’s Word, he thought in terms of what God was doing in the past, what God is doing now, and what God is going to be doing in the future.
Time Past: Eph. 2:11,12 sets forth the basic issue in Time Past as the division between Circumcision and the Uncircumcision, between the nation Israel and the Gentiles. When you find this issue governing the way God was working with men, you know you are in Time Past. This covers the Old Testament (see Gen. 17:9-14, Deut. 4:5-8, Num. 23:9) as well as Matthew thru John (see Rom. 15:8, Matt. 10:5,6; 15:24, John 4:22) and the early Acts period (see Luke 24:47, Acts 1:6,8;2:14,22,36;5:32;11:19).
But Now: Eph. 2:13 indicates that in the But Now portion Gentiles are no longer "far off" but rather the "middle wall of partition" between Israel and the Gentiles has been eliminated and now" those who were far off are made nigh." Romans thru Philemon provide the doctrine for the dispensation of grace (Rom. 11:13;15:16;16:25, I Cor. 14:37, Eph. 3:1-9).
Ages to Come: God will bring His purposes to fruition and thus Eph. 2:7 points to the Ages to Come. The books of Hebrews thru Revelation focus on this. Ages to Come, God's purpose with Israel is resumed and the nation Israel will go through a period of purging. God's purpose for Israel in ages to come is for Israel to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation that will rule with Christ when the kingdom of heaven is established on the earth.