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Dispensational Truth

God does not change in His person, principles, or promises (Mal. 3:6; Heb. 13:8), but He certainly does change in His dealings with man. If you don’t understand that, the Bible will be a confusing book to you. We cannot possibly obey everything in the Bible. 
Consider the basic issue of what we are to eat: 1. Adam (Gen. 1:29) = no meat 2. Noah (about 1500 years later, Gen. 9:3-4) = meat without blood 3. Moses (about 1000 years later, Lev. 11:46-47) = clean meats 4. Paul (over 1500 years later, 1 Tim. 4:1-5) = nothing is to be refused
We must distinguish moral truth and dispensational truth. There are moral principles that never change. For example, murder is wrong in every dispensation. The sabbath day is an example of dispensational truth. God gave Israel sabbaths to observe, not the Body of Christ (Col. 2:16). Paul reaffirmed 9 of the 10 commandments (Rom. 13:8-10).
All scripture is profitable for us (2 Tim. 3:16) but we will not gain the profit that God has for us in His word unless we …
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Paradise

The word "paradise" appears just three times in the Bible, and in each reference we find it in a different location.
1. Time Past (Lk. 23:43) - In the heart of the earth (Matt. 12:40) 
2. But Now (2 Cor. 12:4) - Above the earth in the third heaven 
3. Ages to Come (Rev. 2:7) - On the earth 

Understandest Thou What Thou Readest?

That was the question that Phillip asked the Ethiopian eunuch as he sat in his chariot reading from the book of Isaiah (see Acts 8:26-40). The eunuch responded, "How can I, except some man should guide me?" He didn't know if the prophecy in Isaiah 53 was about the prophet himself, or some other man. He didn't have the spiritual understanding to see it was about Christ because he was yet to receive the Holy Spirit. He needed a spiritual man to show him Christ in the scriptures. 
It is not my point in this post to expound the passage. I realize that it concerns the kingdom program of Israel. By the way, what was the eunuch reading that would make him ask about water baptism (v.36)? I believe the answer is found in Isaiah 52:15. I just want to draw an application in regard to understanding the Bible.
There are many people who read the Bible but do not understand it. How important is it to have understanding? It is a "wellspring of life unto him that hath it" …

The Sufficiency of God's Word

Dr. E.W. Bullinger wrote the following words in 1897: "God's word is the all-sufficient instrument to accomplish all the Divine purposes in this world, we have no need of any other agency. It is "the power of God unto salvation," it is "able to make wise unto salvation." It must "prosper" and cannot fail to accomplish all the Divine purposes and counsels. Oh, let us beware, that as God's workmen (2 Tim. 2:15), we never adopt any means or take up with any new methods, which tend in the slightest degree to imply the Word of God has lost any of its power, or needs any handmaids or helpmeets, to help it. God's Word is given to God's workmen as the one and only implement to accomplish God's work. This Word he is solemnly charged to preach, and though men "turn away their ears" the exhortation remains the same: "Preach the word" (2 Tim. 4:1-4). If we have His message we must deliver it, and if we have not, we had bett…

Rules for Bible Study (pt.2)

5. The word of God has its own built-in dictionary
We must not rely on man-made definitions to understand Bible words. All of the words in the Bible can be understood by the studying the Bible itself. There is no need to look to outside sources to understand Bible words.
A. Look up the first mention of the word
B. Consider the word in context
C. Note parallelism (e.g. fellowship defined in 2 Cor. 6:14-16)
D. Check cross-references

6. Context, Context, Context!
The Bible is not a collection of sayings. All false teachers use the Bible, they just use it out of context. Consider each passage in light of it’s dispensational context (prophecy or mystery). What is the context of the book? What is the context of the chapter? What is the immediate context?

“It shall greatly help ye to understand Scripture if thou mark not only what is spoken or wrythen, but of whom and to whom, with what words, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering what goeth before and wh…

Rules for Bible Study (pt.1)

1. We are to take the words in their normal and literal sense (Neh. 8:8)
The word of God uses some figurative, symbolic, and allegorical language, but most of it is written in plain, literal language. We must always take the words in their normal and literal sense unless it is clearly not possible to do so. For example, when Christ said, “I am the door,” He was obviously not saying that He was literally a wooden door on hinges. Words have meaning, but the allegorical approach claims that the Bible does not mean what it says. This approach attacks the clarity, authority, and integrity of God’s word. 

2. The scriptures are self-interpreting (2 Pet. 1:20)
There is only one right interpretation for every passage of scripture. It is not our place to interpret the Bible (Gen. 40:8). The living word of God interprets itself as we study it God’s way. So, you can just forget man-made rules of hermeneutics. Never build a doctrine on an isolated text.

3. We must compare spiritual things with spirit…

The Word of Truth

The “word of truth” refers to the gospel (Eph. 1:13) and to the whole Bible (Ps. 119:43; 2 Cor. 6:7). How would we know for sure the gospel is right if the whole Bible is not right?

We must rightly divide the word of truth because:
1. There are different gospels revealed in the Bible - The "word of truth" by which Israel will be born again (Jam. 1:18) is not the same word of truth by which we are saved today.
2. There are different dispensations and ages revealed in the Bible. God gives different instructions to different groups living at different times. We cannot possibly follow the whole Bible.

Believing the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16) and rightly dividing it (2 Tim. 2:15) go hand in hand. The only way to understand the Bible without changing any words and just letting it say exactly what it says, is to rightly divide it. The KJB is a dispensational book. That is amazing in light of the fact that the translators were not dispensationalists.
1. It is the only English translatio…