This is a piece illustrating the importance of properly understanding the scriptures. Many may ask, what is the point of teaching all this doctrine about “rightly dividing the word of truth.” We can also begin to understand why if the correct path is not followed, confusion is the inevitable result. This piece by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam shows the importance of understanding what God is doing today and not confusing the “preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery” with God’s dealings with men in other ages. If evangelism is the most important thing that we can do, it is of utmost importance that we get it right and not leave the unsaved that we are evangelizing more lost than ever.
Have you ever heard some preacher say, “There are many things in the Bible which are hard to understand but, thank God, the plan of salvation is as simple as can be?”
Well, it is simple IF…
For the rest you will have to read this article.
Yes, the plan of salvation is simple IF the Scriptures are rightly divided. Otherwise it is far from simple. Hence the grave responsibility upon those engaged in the work of the Lord to obey II Timothy 2:15:
“STUDY TO SHOW THYSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD, A WORKMAN THAT NEEDETH NOT TO BE ASHAMED, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH.”
Let us illustrate:
Here in the heart of Indianapolis, let us say, stands a man who has been convicted of his sin. He is miserable as, at last, he sees himself as he really is—a guilty, condemned sinner.
As he stands there brooding, Mr. Average Fundamentalist comes walking down the street. In his lapel he has a button which reads “Jesus Saves.” Seeing this our unsaved friend thinks, “Here is the man for me,” and approaching him says, “I wonder if you can help me. I’m in trouble. What must I do to be saved?”
“Why!” exclaims Mr. Average Fundamentalist, “I’m so glad you ask me. There are some things in the Bible which are hard to understand but, thank God, the way of salvation is as simple as can be.