II Timothy 2:15-18 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workmen that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness: and their words will eat as doth a cankerworm, of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already and overthrow the faith of some."
In this series of studies we'll be exploring the topic called Hermeneutics. Hermeneutics is the greek word which is the science of Biblical interpretation. Through this study you'll learn how to rightly divide the word of truth. That is absolutely essential if you are going to know how to interpret the Bible when reading and studying it. There have been many false doctrines and many churches that have been started due to improper interpretation of the Bible. They didn't rightly divide the Word of truth as II Timothy instructs us to do. That's why there's so much confusion in regards to the truths of the Word of God. The AV translates as rightly divide (1) To cut straight, to cut straight ways. To proceed on straight paths, hold a straight course, equiv. to doing right. 2) To make straight and smooth, to handle aright, to teach the truth directly and correctly. Destruction will come if it's done in error (2 Peter 3:15-18).
It's very important to know how to properly interpret the Bible when it comes to the study of hermeneutics. There are numerous cults in Christendom due to not properly dividing the word of truth. There are many things that will be discussed in this series such as the First Mention Principle, Progressive Mention Princople, Gap Principle, Ethnic Division, Repetiton Principle, Synthetic Principle, and the list continues. We'll be studying these different principles of Hermeneutics as we go deeper into the study.
There are three lines of truth that run throughout the scripture and they are (1) Salvation Truth (2) Church Truth (3) Kingdom truth.
I will discuss these three lines of truth in next week's post.