Some New Thing?
Some people might think that rightly dividing the Bible is some new thing. I have read more than one critique of dispensationalism that seeks to convince its readers of this exact thing. I posed this question early on to the people here at Grace Bible Study. Is rightly dividing the Bible according to the Apostle Paul’s instructions some new thing? Those that oppose right division of the Bible are quick to claim that John Nelson Darby and C. I. Scofield are to blame for the concept. They treat the notion that believing the Bible exactly as it is written has no merit. I understand completely why those tied and committed to a denominational position seek to discredit right division. So I’ll pose the question again, is rightly dividing the Bible some “new thing”? Let’s go to scripture for an answer. 1 Timothy 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to lift everlasting. Scripture clearly reveals there was a time when rightly dividing the Bible was “some new thing.” The Holy Spirit is the person you must blame for creating the concept of rightly dividing your Bible. He inspired the Apostle Paul to introduce it in 2 Timothy 2:15. He also inspired Paul to write that he (Paul) is our pattern for this age. 1 Timothy 1:16 and many other verses support this idea. Quite frankly, if you refuse to believe these verses, why would you believe any of the others we can quote? Darby and Scofield are to blame for helping to recover Pauline truth. The fact remains that the Bible teaches for itself that it must be rightly divided and that the Apostle Paul did in fact receive NEW information from Jesus Himself. The Bible is also clear that this information was NOT known before, nor is it a continuation of the information Jesus and the disciples were teaching. Compare Rom 16:25 with Acts 3:21. How can “known information” (Prophecy) and information that was “kept secret since the world began” (Mystery) be the same information? Quite simply, it can’t. You must divide scripture according to the audience. This concept introduced by Paul became very important after the mystery information was revealed. With the setting aside of Israel and the creation of the Body of Christ, the need to divide the scriptures became a necessity. Rightly dividing your Bible originated with God himself who had the mystery hid in himself before the world began (Eph 3:9). The Holy Spirit revealed right division of the scripture through the inspired writings of the Apostle Paul. Paul revealed the mystery according to Jesus’ instructions (Acts 22:14). Paul also made it clear that men were corrupting the word of God even in his day. As the Catholic Church slowly released its decade’s long grip from the necks of people that desired to believe the Bible, a way was prepared for a return to Pauline truth. In the last two hundred years, we have seen the recovery of what the Bible has always contained and always taught by its own words. Asking a Christian these days to believe every word of the Bible as written is usually asking too much.
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Steve Schoenberger is a student of the Bible and the teacher at Abundant Grace Bible Fellowship, A Mid-Acts Dispensational Bible church teaching the Bible rightly divided according the revelation of the mystery delivered to the Apostle Paul