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Explain 2 Timothy 2:15

Please explain 2 Timothy 2:15 to me, the part about rightly dividing the word of truth.

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I think that the dividing the word of truth is the two different plans, one for the jew and one for the gentiles.
---jack_truitt on 1/7/11

orthotomeo' (or-thot-om-eh'-o)
to make a straight cut, that is, (figuratively) to dissect (expound) correctly (the divine message): - rightly divide.

did you know that the precise (and not messy) cut of a cake is not done with a knife, but a long string of waxed, unflavored dental floss, (which was developed not to cut at all.)

James 1:23-27

Rightly dividing is based in actions done in the fruit of the Spirit and not doctrinal divisions. It is a division of the Spirit's Word and not of man's intelligence.
---aka on 12/13/10

What rightly dividing the word of truth means is that we MUST read ALL the Bible, and when we do, ask the Holy Spirit to open our understanding to the Word, teach us the Word, and reveal to us the Word through His eyes. We MUST learn to read the Bible through the eyes of the Holy Spirit, NOT human eyes.
---Leslie on 12/13/10

The word says the carnal mind is enmity with God.
We are to study to show ourselves approved unto God but it is the Spirit that rightly divides the word of truth.
1 Corinthians 2
---Frank on 12/13/10

"rightly dividing the word of truth" it is all truth, so it is not old from new.
right division as Paul writes is distinguishing between God's program for Israel and His program for the body of Christ today?
---michael_e on 12/12/10

Rightly dividing: To make stright and smooth, to handle rightly. The familiar use of this passage, that it means to divide rightly between the Old and New Testament is correct as a human comment, but it is not what the original word means, for the New Testament had not been composed when this epistle was written. So the word covers all phases of one's treatment of the word of God, and requires the teacher to give it the respect due a document coming from the Lord.
---Kenneth on 11/6/10

Rightly dividing the word of truth means to handle rightly the word of God. The student of the Word must understand that the Word of God is one great bundle of truth and that it has certain right divisions. The Bible is written according to a certain law and structure which must be observed and obeyed as you go through the Word of God. You can't just lift out a verse here and a verse there and choose to ignor a passage here and there.
---Cynthia on 9/2/07

It means to know what you believe so that you can properly share your faith with others without being ashamed. There are two testaments which need to be justly divided, the O.T. the Levitical Law, and the N.T. Judaic Law which supercedes the O.T. Law.
---Eloy on 9/2/07

PART3 2Tm2:15b A.T. Robertson (Word Pictures) finishes his comments on this verse with: "Certainly plenty of exegesis is crooked enough (crazy-quilt patterns) to call for careful cutting to set it straight." For which I think most of us would say a hearty "Amen!"
---Daniel on 7/21/05

PART2 2Tm2:15b "...It occurs in Prov 3:6; 11:5 for making straight paths (compare Heb 12:13 and "the Way" in Acts 9:2). Theodoret explains it to mean ploughing a straight furrow. Parry argues that the metaphor is the stone mason cutting the stones straight since _temno_ and _orthos_ are so used. Since Paul was a tent-maker and knew how to cut straight the rough camel-hair cloth, why not let that be the metaphor?" [Robertson] CONT.
---Daniel on 7/21/05

PART1 2Tm2:15b is "Cutting straight [orthotomounta] the Word of Truth." The Greek word does not mean to 'divide Scripture,' but rather to "handle Scripture accurately". 400+ years ago, the British English phrase "rightly dividing" had essentially the same meaning as 'use' or 'handle' CORRECTLY, but it hasn't meant that for most of us (moreso Americans) in a long time! A.T.Robertson (WordPictures) said "Handling aright... cutting straight," and went on to say...CONT.
---Daniel on 7/21/05

In the KJV, Galatians 2:7 declares that there is a gospel of the circumcision and the gospel of the uncircumcision. Two separate gospels, Jews and Gentiles. Paul in Acts 9:15 is sent to the gentiles. The earthly ministry of Christ is the fulfilling of prophecy. The separation is not OT and NT, but Prophecy and Mystery.
---geraa7578 on 7/4/05

I like Walter's answer the best.
---John on 6/28/05

I was taught that it means to understand and study God's Word, which is the Truth, using His Word to explain it. I was taught to use scripture to explain scripture, not human explanations.
---Madison on 6/28/05

Yes, you were asking about rightly dividing the word of God, were you not? Actually it says the word of truth. If you read it in the context that it was written it is telling us to watch out for the vain babblings of men. In other words, search the scriptures to make sure what men say is accurate and not false teachings.
---Walter on 6/27/05

My study Bible says: The "dividing" of the Word of God does not mean to segment it, but to rightly discern its truth.
---DoryLory on 6/27/05

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2 Timothy 2:25 in the ( Amplifiled Bible) which is closer to the Hebrew and Greek Bibles, Says this: 15Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.
It has more meaning then what anyone can explain on it.
---Pastor_Susan on 6/27/05

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