2Timothy 2:14-15 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
‘Rightly dividing the word of truth.’ [Greek: orthotomeo] Set straight; handle right. It means not only to give the true meaning but also the correct application to the various times and classes of people. (Mark 4:12; 20; 22-23). Truth must be divided dispensational, prophetically, historically, and concerning classes and subjects. The chief fundamental principle of interpretation is to gather from the Scriptures themselves the precise meaning the writers intended to convey. We must exercise common sense and reason, applying the same principles and grammatical rules to the Bible as we do to other books. One should take the Bible literally wherever it is at all possible. When the language cannot be taken literally, we know it is figurative. We should then get the literal truth conveyed by the figurative language.
2Corinthians 13:1 states the law of interpreting Scripture. Every doctrine must be proved by at least two or three scriptures to be accepted as truth and binding upon Christians. “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” (Deut. 19:15; Matt. 18:16).
How to read the Bible: Frequently, daily (Jos. 1:8); not for controversy, but for profit (Pro. 3:1-35; 2Tim. 3:16-17); meditatively (Ps. 1:3); in love (Ps. 119:97-104); with a consciousness of need (Matt. 5:6; John 7:37-39; 2Pet. 1:1-10; 3:18); in faith (Rom. 10:17; Heb. 11:6); searchingly (John 5:39); openness to all of it (2Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 4:12; Jude 1:3); by comparing scripture with scripture (2Cor. 2:13); in the Spirit (John 14:16-17; 15:26; Gal. 5:16, 26); through, and over and over again (Matt. 5:18); in obedience (Rom. 1:5; 16:26).
To be continued…