Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth - the Key to Biblical Understanding
2005 - Touchet Baptist Church, Touchet, Washington - Pastor Mike Paulson - 2005
Learning the way of God more perfectly - Acts 18:

Astonished at Your Own Biblical Understanding?
How is your own understanding coming along?

I am thrilled with mine!
(And the Lord gets all the glory!)

And I am not bragging - just realizing my own confidence and knowing it is based on rightly dividing the word of truth!:
Proverbs 3:26  For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
Proverbs 14:26  In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.

Are you astonished at your understanding of rightly divided doctrine?  I am at mine... - Matthew 7:28; 22:33; Mark 11:18; Luke 4:32
Are you astonished out of measure?  I am at mine... -  Mark 10:26
Are you astonished at the authority of your understanding?   I am at mine... -  Mark 1:22
Are you astonished at your understanding and answers?  I am at mine... -  Luke 2:47
Are you astonished at what your understanding has brought into your life? I am at mine ... -  Luke 5:9
Are you astonished at what the Holy Spirit has shown you in your reading, your life and in your personal relationship with Christ Himself? I am at mine... -  Acts 10:45

Are others astonished at your understanding?  Well, I dunno - it just seems to make others mad, I guess... they don't seem to WANT to believe me nor are they thrilled in any understanding I try to pass on -  Acts 12:16;  My friends usually become gainsayers; they treat me like I have suddenly become their enemy; how about you?  Galatians 4:16; II Corinthians 12:15  And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.

You may just have to part with them for a bit...  they will get it if you pray, don't fall back and just show them Paul's gospel walk of grace and truth!
II Thessalonians 3:13-16 has some good encouraging direction and advice for us as we continue our journey down this road of rightly dividing.  But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.  Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.  Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
a workman 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.
II Timothy 2:15,16

Wrongly dividing leads to more ungodliness, no matter what you think ...  these are Laodicean days. The smell of pious holiness and American Calvinistic bondage comes from wrongly dividing!   Read that stuff carefully and make sure you are not more of 3:17 - or are you in understanding of the necessity of verse 18!   Wrongly dividing has destroyed this country!  (another sermon some time!)

Revelation 3:17  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Revelation 3:18: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

I will brag on the Lord, seeing as He is the one who gives us His understanding, amen?  Amen!  He has given me so much understanding - I hope I have passed some of it on to others - you especially. II Timothy 2:1,2  Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.  Jeremiah 3:15  And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

Old Testament -

John and his ministry of baptism! Jesus Life and the Gospels! Acts and all that transpires in it's transitional stages! Paul and "his gospel!" Tribulation and Millennium & beyond... And now Peter...
Understanding truly comes from God to Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit
within that King James Bible!
(thus the importance of that Bible being the Holy Bible,
not some perverted corruption full of the spirit of antichrist)

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
Luke 24:45

Psalm 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

Psalm 119:169  Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word.

Proverbs 2:6  For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 4:5  Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 9:10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Proverbs 15:32  He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

II Thessalonians 2:13  For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

Hebrews 4:12,13  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Even Paul was concerned about our growth in understanding.
II Timothy 2:7  Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
I Corinthians 14:20   Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.
Ephesians 1:18  ... The eyes of your understanding being enlightened ...
Colossians 1:9,10a+  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;  10: That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing,
II Thessalonians 3:1-3  Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:  And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.  But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

Understanding only comes after one is saved as that is the first stage of learning...
...actually learning the things of God - see I Corinthians 2:9-16

It's still all about the Book - and always will be.
Put that Holy Book into your kids brain - and some day God will move it to their heart!

Biblical Understanding - what can it do for us?

Helps us sing!
Psalm 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.
Colossians 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Calms our heart!
Psalm 49:3  My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.  When we need calming, understanding of the Scriptures will help us cling to his words!

Helps our walk!
Psalm 119:34  Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.  It's settled - no doubts & contradictions, etc.
Proverbs 15:21b  ... a man of understanding walketh uprightly.  His righteousness works in our life - Galatians 2:20

Helps us learn the right way!
Psalm 119:73  Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.  (rightly divided, of course!)

Helps us hate the wrong way!
Psalm 119:104  Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
Abhor that which is evil - from such turn away, withdraw from, etc.

Helps us 'get a life!'
Psalm 119:144  The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.  (Galatians 2:20)
Proverbs 16:22  Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: ...  a life of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law...  a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  Peace of God, from God and with God!

Keeps us!
Proverbs 2:11b  ... understanding shall keep thee:  no need to 'stay fallen' or to stay down... every second is a new one!

Makes us happy!
Proverbs 3:13  Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. not in the flesh - or even in the 'godly walk!'

Gives us strength!
Proverbs 8:4b   ... I am understanding; I have strength.  No need to feel 'weakened' and 'lesser' in this world!  You understand the truth - few others do!

Guides us towards speaking wisdom!
Proverbs 10:13a  In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: ...
I Thessalonians 4:11  And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
I Peter 3:4  But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

Shuts our mouth!
Proverbs 17:28  Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Proverbs 15:14  The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
Proverbs 21:23  Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
Proverbs 30:32  If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.
Proverbs 4:24  Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
Proverbs 6:2  Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
Proverbs 6:12  A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
Proverbs 10:14  Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
Proverbs 10:32  The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.
Proverbs 11:9  An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
Proverbs 11:11  By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
Proverbs 13:3  He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
Proverbs 14:3  In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
Proverbs 15:2  The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
Proverbs 18:6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
Proverbs 18:7  A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
Proverbs 26:28  A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

Controls our wrath!
Proverbs 14:29  He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
II Timothy 2:23-26  But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
Proverbs 25:28  He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
Proverbs 12:16: A fool's wrath is presently known:...
Proverbs 15:1  A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
Proverbs 15:18  A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
Proverbs 21:24  Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
Proverbs 27:3  A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.
Proverbs 30:33  Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

Controls our judgment!
Proverbs 11:12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
Romans 14:10  But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
Galatians 6:1  Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Causes us to seek even more knowledge!
Proverbs 15:14  The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

Makes it easier for us to receive reproof!
Proverbs 19:25b  Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
II Timothy 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Helps us seek good ground!
Proverbs 20:5  Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.  Seek to change your life - seek what to do with Biblical counsel, preaching, study to a conclusion and to action!  Luke 8:15  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.  Be willing and wanting to be delivered!!!

Keeps us from more ungodliness!
II Timothy 2:15,16  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman 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.

Helps us die well!
I John 5:11-13  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Ephesians 1:12-14  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Today is a day of little to no understanding!
Romans 1:31 ...Without understanding...
Ephesians 4:18  ... Having the understanding darkened ...
Proverbs 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Proverbs 7:7  And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
Proverbs 21:16  The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
Jeremiah 4;22  For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
Jeremiah 5:21  Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:
Revelation 3:17  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

My son, if thou wilt receive my words,
and hide my commandments (rightly divided...) with thee;

So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom,
and apply thine heart to understanding;

Yea, if thou criest after knowledge,
and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

If thou seekest her as silver,
and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD,
and find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 2:1-5

Forsake the foolish,
and live;
and go in the way of understanding.
Proverbs 9:6

Go in the way of understanding!