Rightly dividing the Word of truth. Part 50
Rightly dividing the Word of truth.
This is part 50 in a series of 53 articles about RIGHTLY DIVIDING GOD’S WORD OF TRUTH. All scripture quoted will be from the King James Bible.
In part 50, I will show one more Bible contrasts, and then look at the subject of Christ righteousness. Special Abbreviations: (e.g.) meaning “for example” (ff.) meaning “following verse or following verses” (EP) meaning Earthly Program—(HP) meaning Heavenly Program.
(EP) To receive remission of sins under Israel’s earthly program, required repentance, and water baptism, Acts 2:38: 2Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
(HP) Forgiveness of sins under the heavenly program, for the church of today, the Body of Christ, is through the shed blood of Christ, Ephesians 1:7: 7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. Romans 3:24-25: 24Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God. Colossians 1:14: 14In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sin.
These articles have been about II Timothy 2:15 which states: 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
To understand the Bible properly, and get the correct salvation message for our present time, it needs to be rightly divided. God plainly says we need to rightly divide for a very good reason. Your salvation depends upon it. I have given you a lot of scriptures, showing God has two different programs in the Bible. An earthly program for Israel under the law, and a heavenly program under grace, which is for the church today called the Body of Christ.
The church, the Body of Christ is not a physical organization, but a spiritual organism which only true Christian believers can be a part of. Believers could be members of any physical church or organization, but it’s not the physical church that determined if you are a true Christian believer headed for heaven. Christ is the one true church residing in heaven, and you are accepted into the Body of Christ, only when you put your complete trust, faith, and belief in Christ shed blood for the forgiveness of your sins, WITHOUT ANY WORKS ON YOUR PART, Galatians 2:21: 21I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Many people believe they have a measure of their own righteousness in the sight of God, so let’s see what He says in Romans 3:10 about that: As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one. No one has ever been righteous in God’s sight, starting with Adam and Eve and down through the ages, down to our present time; absolutely, positively NO ONE is righteous in God’s sight. Isaiah 64:6: 6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags ……… To be continued