, by C. H. Welch, is about the principle
of right division, which can best be described as cutting aright the Word
of God. When we use right division to understand the purpose of God
for mankind, we see two distinct lines of redemptive operation; redemption
unto the heavens or the earth. Already, we can see the opposition
to traditional thinking.
We are commanded, by the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 2:15 to "Study
to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the Word of truth." How can we practice this
principle of cutting aright the Bible? Mr. Welch explains that to
understand the Scriptures correctly we need to use this method of answering
these questions: Who is writing? To whom is it written?
Why are they writing? When was it written? What are the circumstances
Before we mentioned the two distinct lines of purpose for mankind.
The earthly calling has to do with the nation Israel and how God had this
calling in view from, or since, the foundation (overthrow) of the
world. The heavenly hope, in contrast, has to do with this present
administration of believers being raised to a position in the heaven far
above all heavens. This dispensation started before the foundation
of the world and cannot be the same.
Have you ever noticed the instructions the Apostle Paul gave to those
at Corinth concerning marriage? Do not be married because the
time was short. Yet in 1 Tim. Paul told the saints to marry.
How do we account for this? And what about the two baptisms in Acts,
yet only one baptism in Ephesians? Is every instruction
that was given to the New Testament saints valid for today? If it
weren't for right division, we would have to say yes. What do we
do with circumcision, the communion table, the sabbath keeping? "Let
no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy
day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: which are a shadow
of things to come; but the body is of Christ" (Col. 2:16,17).
Because of limited space, we will just list a few topics that are addressed.
1. An exhibition of the plan and theme of the whole Bible.
2. The six days creation.
3. The divine purpose with the seed that was promised and satan's
opposition to it.
4. The dispensation of the Mystery.
Remember that the word "dispensation" is found nine times in the Bible
and we should try to get a handle on its true meaning and begin practicing
the principle of right division.
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