KNOWING AND DIVIDING
"... be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth," 2 Timothy 2'15.
Paul sent this exhortation and encouragement to Timothy. He is confident that his "true son in the faith" will be encouraged and do it.
This exhortation-encouragement is for Saints of every generation, especially Kingdom Elders.
So what is rightly dividing the word of truth?
Interestingly the Greek word for "rightly dividing", orthotomeo, is used only once in the New Testament.
According to Strong's Concordance it simply means "to cut straight"; from two words orthos (straight, not crooked) and tomoteros (sharp).
However, "cutting straight" the word of truth would have been something Timothy was familiar with because he was told to:
"Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching," 2 Timothy 4'2.
He would have known that:
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness," 2 Timothy 3'16.
He could divide the word of truth because he knew it. He would have heard his "spiritual father" Paul saying, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom" (Colossians 3'16).
Knowing the word of truth meant he could divide and minister it truthfully - straightly. (For more click "Hear Him!" on the Menu.)