Word of truth

BERT KAMPMAN

CEDAR FALLS — Rightly dividing the word of truth. This phrase is found at the close of a verse found in 2 Timothy 2:15. It is a very important Scripture when it comes to understanding the Bible. This portion takes in a large territory, but I’m thinking it is to rightly divide the word of truth, to appropriate a certain portion or verse to the right people.

For instance, some portion or verses are written to saved believers and some to unbelievers or unsaved. John 14:1-3 is written to believers, saved, born-again children of God. Please read these verses. Jesus is saying, “I go to prepare a place for you and if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am there ye may be also (heaven).”

On the other hand, I pick one verse out of many, Luke 13:3: “I tell you nay but accept ye repent ye shall all likewise perish!” This verse is written to the unbeliever, unsaved who are still in their sins. Then there is a verse in Acts 2:38, “Then said Peter unto them, repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.” That verse I could not understand for a long time until I heard it rightly divided or explained as I knew there was no connection between salvation and remission of sins and baptism. When I found out it was a verse written only to the Jews, it started to make sense. First of all, we must be clear on what baptism says and means. In short, it means to be identified with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.

In my experience I was saved on a Sunday night at approximately 9 p.m. Two weeks later, there was a baptism in the West Fork River in Butler County. I was interviewed and permitted to be baptized by immersion. In short, I was buried beneath the water, but a place of death, but rose again to walk in newness of life. I didn’t really understand what I was doing, but I knew it was my Lord’s request and command which caused exceeding joy. The happiest day of my life was the day of salvation when I lost my burden of sin. The second happiest day was when I was baptized in obedience to His will.

More I’d like to write, but it will have to wait. I’d like to continue another time what I didn’t get said; Lord willing I will explain Acts 2.38 and why it was written to the Jews.