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COMPETENCE with GOD

March 31, 2017

Friday

 

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.

 

 

LESSON

 

Positively, in contrast, Timothy should be “diligent” to make sure that, when he stood before God, he would receive the Lord’s approval and “not be ashamed”. Most important in gaining this goal was the way he would proclaim God’s truth. He must teach it consistent with God’s intended meaning and purpose. Handling accurately” is a figure that paints a picture of a workman who is careful and accurate in his work. It pictures a builder who lays bricks in straight rows, a road-maker who constructs a straight road, and a farmer who plows a straight furrow.

 

As the priests of Israel had to cut up the sacrifices and offer them exactly as God decreed, so the gospel herald must handle the Scriptures carefully and accurately. The way a minister of the gospel presents the Word of God was of primary importance to Paul, and it should be to us.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 22:6

 

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

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