“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
The word ‘study’ in today’s text is ‘Spoudazo’ in the greek, which means ‘be diligent.’ It is in no way a passive word and you’d realize this as you read further.
Paul is asking Timothy here, to study as a ‘workman.’ This connotes toiling, hard-work in the study of the word.
Understanding God’s word is important. I truly believe that the best gift any Pastor can give you would be the ability by which you can understand the Bible for yourself.
The bible is not subject to private interpretation as some people assume.
This is why I find it very interesting when we try to point people to what the bible says and say things like: “This is what it means to me.” No, that’s not right!
There is a predetermined line of thoughts to be discovered. Say for example somebody writes you a letter and says: “Go up to Ibadan and bring the car.” It would be silly to assume that he means by “Go up” that you should climb the staircase to the last floor of your apartment building. No!
That person had something he wanted to communicate before he wrote that letter.
It’s the same with the bible. Interpretation is to be discovered not created.
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;”
The Church as we have it today is built on the theological foundation of the Apostles. Ours is a historical faith.
The reason we can be sure that we believe the same thing the Apostles believed over 2,000 years ago is because they were not creative with the word of God just to sound intelligent.
Titus was instructed by Apostle Paul to select Bishops who will be able to keep the word of God unadulterated and in its original state.
“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.”
Like the apostles of old, we must be found faithful with the word.