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How To Rightly Divide The Word?

By:  Gary Colley
Date:  May 27, 2001
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We are commanded to rightly divide the Word of God (II Timothy 2:15).  Today, much confusion, and all false religions are based on the failure to divide the Word correctly.  There are many Bible references that teach us how to rightly divide the Word, but one chapter especially needs to be read and studied and that chapter is Galatians Chapter 3.  This chapter gives the right divisions of the Word based on the three grand divisions of the Bible commonly called Patriarchal, Jewish, and Christian Dispensations.  These divisions are Scripturally known as the promises, the law, and the Gospel.  The promises were made to Abraham 430 years before the law of Moses came into being.  The law was "added because of transgression" until Christ should come to fulfill the promise to Abraham.  The law was not added to the promise which God made to Abraham.  The Bible says "it came in besides," that is between the promise and its fulfillment.  The promise was that Christ, the seed of Abraham, should come, and through Him all nations would be blessed (Galatians 3:8-14, Galatians 3:17, Galatians 3:19).  Since the law was added only until the seed should come, and the description of that seed is, "which is Christ" (Galatians 3:16), it follows that the law automatically ended with the coming of Christ.  "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith" (Galatians 3:24-25).  The "us" as referred to there are the Jews.  Galatians 3, when read and studied, will make clear the right divisions of the Word of God, unless one stubbornly refuses to see.  With this plain and proper division of the Word, Paul in numerous other references affirms the abrogation of the law of Moses.

Some Of The References In Which Paul Affirms The Abrogation Of The Law Of Moses

                            1.  "We are not under the law" (Romans 10:4).
                            2.  We are dead to the law and delivered from it (Romans 7:6).
                            3.  Jesus Christ is the end of the law (Colossians 2:14-16).

How much clearer could language be to prove to all men that no one is under the law of Moses today?  All who want to be saved today, are subject to the Gospel conditions of salvation in Christ (Acts 4:12).  The Great Commission, recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John is the key to understanding the preaching of the apostles in the book of Acts.