- SCRIPTURE READING -- II TIMOTHY 2:15 =
- [KJV] "Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing
the word of truth."
- [ASV] "Give diligence to present thyself approved
unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, handling
aright the word of truth."
Comment: The subject of our study for the hour is taken
from the first two words of the American Standard Version.
- THREE IMPORTANT THINGS ARE POINTED OUT IN THIS VERSE FOR
A SERVANT OF GOD TO CONSIDER:
- The need of preparation.
- The objective to be achieved.
- The method of achieving the objective.
- THE NEED OF PREPARATION:
Note: "Give diligence" [ASV] --- "Study"
- The heart and mind must be cultivated -- a state of
spirituality and deep devotion to God must be attained.
- The ground must be cultivated readied for the seed
to be sown and we are told in Luke 8:11 = "Now
the parable is this: The seed is the word of God."
- The seed in the unprepared soil of the "way
side" finds no means of getting into the
heart of the ground and "
the devil and taketh away the word out of their
" = Luke 8:12.
- The seed that is on the rock has only a shallow
surface that welcomes the seed but only for a
short period of time -- "
receive the word with joy,
" but the
seed can not take "root, which for a while
believe and in time of temptation fall away."
= Luke 8:13.
- The seed that is among the thorns receives
(hears) the seed, but "
are choked with
cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and
bring no fruit to perfection." = Luke 8:14.
- The seed that is on the cultivated (prepared
ground) finds a lodging place "
honest and good heart, having heard the word,
keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience."
= Luke 8:15.
- How is the heart cultivated and prepared?
- This is done by preparation of careful study of
- On must take time to eat, drink, sleep and work
- A servant of God must take time to:
- Eat the Word of God.
Matt 5:6 = "Blessed are they which do hunger
and thirst after righteousness: for they shall
Col 1:9-11 = "For this cause we also, since
the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for
you, and to desire that ye might be filled with
the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual
understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the
Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every
good work, and increasing in the knowledge of
God; Strengthened with all might, according to
his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering
- Drink the Word of God.
Eph 5:18 = "And be not drunk with wine, wherein
is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;"
1 Cor 10:31 = "Whether therefore ye eat,
or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory
John 4:10-14 = "Jesus answered and said unto
her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who
it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou
wouldest have asked of him, and he would have
given thee living water. The woman saith unto
him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and
the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that
living water? Art thou greater than our father
Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof
himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus
answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh
of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever
drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall
never thirst; but the water that I shall give
him shall be in him a well of water springing
up into everlasting life."
Rev 22:17 = "And the Spirit and the bride
say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come.
And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever
will, let him take the water of life freely."
- Sleep in the peace of the Word of God.
1 Thess 4:14-15 = "For if we believe that
Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which
sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this
we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that
we which are alive and remain unto the coming
of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep."
1 Thess 5:10-11 = "Who died for us, that,
whether we wake or sleep, we should live together
with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together,
and edify one another, even as also ye do."
- Work the Word of God to have eternal life.
Eph 2:10 = "For we are his workmanship, created
in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath
before ordained that we should walk in them."
Titus 2:7-8 = "In all things shewing thyself
a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness,
gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot
be condemned; that he that is of the contrary
part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say
1 Cor 9:16 = "For though I preach the gospel,
I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid
upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not
- The study of God's Word must become a daily part of
- THE OBJECTIVE TO BE ACHIEVED:
- II Timothy 2:15 --
- [KJV] "
Shew thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
- [ASV] "
Present thyself approved unto
God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
- God is our Creator, Preserver and Provider.
- In Him we live, move and have our being.
Acts 17:28 = "For in him we live, and move, and
have our being; as certain also of your own poets
have said, For we are also his offspring."
- He knows our thoughts and works.
Heb 4:12-13 = "For the word of God is quick,
and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword,
piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and
spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner
of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither
is there any creature that is not manifest in his
sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the
eyes of him with whom we have to do."
- In judgment we do not want to stand before him
2 Tim 1:12 = "For the which cause I also suffer
these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I
know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he
is able to keep that which I have committed unto him
against that day."
1 Peter 4:16 = "Yet if any man suffer as a Christian,
let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on
1 John 2:28 = "And now, little children, abide
in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence,
and not be ashamed before him at his coming."
- We strive therefore to please Him, and to receive His
Matt 25:21 = "His lord said unto him, Well done,
thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful
over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things:
enter thou into the joy of thy lord."
- THE METHOD OF ACHIEVING THE OBJECTIVE:
- II Timothy 2:15 --
- [KJV] ",
Rightly dividing the word of
- [ASV] ",
Handling aright the word of
- Each Christian should be given (fed) that spiritual
portion of God's Word in due season.
- To a babe in Christ it might be simple Bible study
1 Cor 3:2 = "I have fed you with milk, and not
with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it,
neither yet now are ye able."
Heb. 5:13 = "For every one that useth milk is
unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is
- To a mature Christian it might be strong meat.
Heb 5:14 = "But strong meat belongeth to them
that are of full age, even those who by reason of
use have their senses exercised to discern both good
- To a alien sinner and weak Christian it might be
Heb. 5:12 = ""For when for the time ye ought
to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again
which be the first principles of the oracles of God;
and are become such as have need of milk, and not
of strong meat"
- To one broken-hearted it might be words of comfort.
2 Cor 1:4 = "Who comforteth us in all our tribulation,
that we may be able to comfort them which are in any
trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are
comforted of God."
- To one careless and indifferent it might be reproof.
2 Tim 4:2-4 = "Preach the word; be instant in
season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with
all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will
come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but
after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves
teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn
away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned
2 Tim 3:16-17 = "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."
- We need to learn the necessities of the different members
and teach them how to meet their particular needs and
necessities of Christian living in order for us to work
Eph 4:12-16 = "For the perfecting of the saints,
for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the
body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith,
and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect
man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of
Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed
to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine,
by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby
they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in
love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the
head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined
together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth,
according to the effectual working in the measure of every
part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of
itself in love."
- IS THE SOIL OF YOUR HEART PREPARED TO RECEIVE THE WORD
- DO YOU DESIRE TO RECEIVE THE HEAVENLY OBJECTIVE?
- HAVE YOU APPLIED THE PROPER METHOD OF ACHIEVING THE HEAVENLY
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