Today, we have a very familiar passage. Now, contrary to the institutions of higher learning that promote a quick and easy way to obtain a wealth of knowledge, being able to rightly divide the Word of God is not a speedy and effortless process of learning. Because of who God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit are, and because God’s Divine Truths, Mysteries, Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge about His Word only are revealed and taught to us, indeed, even to the most spiritually mature Christians, by precept upon precept and line upon line, here a little and there a little (cf. Isaiah 28:9-10), we therefore must study diligently in order to show ourselves approved. Not being ashamed of the Word happens when we stop putting all of our trust in men and women for them to tell us what “thus saith the Lord.”
Instead of just gobbling up men and women’s teachings and interpretations of the WORD, we also must read, examine and meditate on God’s Word for ourselves so that we might be able to show God that we truly know and understand what He is saying to us. We are commanded to grow up in Christ in ALL things, which includes maturing in the Word of God by giving daily attention to reading the Scriptures, and searching them to know if what our preachers or Sunday School and Bible study teachers tell us is true.
Thus, studying to show ourselves approved of God means that we must prepare ourselves so that we correctly understand every part of God’s Word, which is His Divine Truth. Only then are we able to give accurate and thorough explanations of God’s Word without changing His meanings, and without fighting and arguing with men and women over their various interpretations. Let us, then, do the labor. Let us endeavor to know and understand our Bible not only by reading it daily but also by calling upon the Holy Spirit within us for His teaching and enlightenment, realizing that when we prepare ourselves by daily searching the Word, with the Holy Spirit’s help, we no longer will be ignorant about what the Word says, and we no longer will be someone who easily can be misled. For sure, we always will be ready to give a precise and in-depth explanation of our hope of glory. AMEN.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15, KJV).