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The Power of MY Words
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The Audience

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)

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

(2 Timothy 2:15 NASB)

Last week we looked at the great divide, the cross and how it affects our handling of the Word. There is another thing we need to look at to rightly divide the Word of truth. This is the audience of a particular verse. In other words, who is this verse addressing?

Is this passage addressing the unbeliever or the believer? Is this addressing someone who has not placed their faith in Jesus or one who has accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior.

The purpose of the law for example, is to point you to Jesus so that you may be set free from sin and live in it no longer (Rom 6:2). So, law has a purpose for the unbeliever.

The Holy Spirit came to convict the world of unbelief (John 16:9). He came to convict the sinner or the unbeliever of his or her unbelief, his or her need for salvation. The Holy Spirit uses the scriptures to convince the unbeliever that God is good and trustworthy and to reveal the Father’s unfailing love so that you may believe and have life in his name (John 20:31).

That is for the unbeliever. The Holy Spirit doesn’t come to convict you of sin if you are a believer. He comes to convict Christians of their righteousness (John 16:10). Many Christians live under guilt and condemnation, but the Holy Spirt reminds every believer of their right standing with God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB). We must constantly remind ourselves that we are the righteousness of God. We are holy and wise.

So, who is the scripture addressing? Jesus who was born and lived under the law, taught the law to fulfill the law for us, that we might longer be under the law. Some of His teachings are law based and not for Christians under grace. But Jesus did teach on grace as well and He ushered in the new covenant under grace. Jesus made law too hard to keep and thus pointed to the need for a savior. He made sin hard to avoid pointing for the need for a savior. Be mindful of the audience of the Word to rightly divide it.