Approved Unto God

All Christians seek to be approved unto God, I know I do, and many people work hard at being approved but they are not sure they will be. The fact is God has told us exactly how to be obtain His approval, all we have to do is understand what He has said and do it.

2 Timothy 2:15

“Study to show thyself approved unto God,a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

The KJV scripture tells us we are to ‘study’. However, the Greek word, translated as ‘study’ is ‘spoudazoo’ meaning: to ‘use speed’, that is, to ‘make effort’, ‘be prompt or earnest’. I have always thought of study as something that requires effort, something that must be done in a thorough way, but I always looked at it as something to be fitted in with other activities, except during school hours. This tells us study requires ‘making an effort’ and doing it earnestly (in a thorough manner) but these are secondary. The main thing is to ‘use speed’. We all wish to be approved unto God but we must ‘use speed’, we must be in a hurry to do so.

We are all aware we are workmen but, if we are to be ‘workmen worthy of His hire’, this tells us what we should be working at. We should be ‘rightly dividing the word of truth’. We must take the Bible, the ‘word of truth’, and divide all that is written in it, into the correct component parts. It does not tell us what we are to do with those parts but it is reasonable, I think, to conclude we are to join the parts together again. Then, if we have done both the ‘dividing’ and the joining together ‘rightly’ we will be approved by God. In doing so, of course, we will have come a little closer to knowing the mind of the Lord. Praise the Lord!

There is also, I think, an implied condition. The raw material we have been given, with which to do our work, is the ‘word of truth’, which are in the Bible. If we do not accept the words in the Bible (in the original autographs) as truth then we will be using the wrong material in our work. The end product will not pass inspection and we will have been working in vain.

I pray we will all make an effort to rightly divide the word of truth, earnestly and thoroughly, and will all be in a hurry to do so! Praise the Lord!

Charles Baker February, 2001