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Acts 2 (part 1)

Acts 2 is one of the most misunderstood and abused chapters in the Bible. For example, the Charismatics try to use this chapter as a basis to teach that believers should seek "the-baptism-of-the-Holy-Ghost" with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues (2:4). Then there is the so-called “Church of Christ” and other groups that try to use this chapter to teach a sinner cannot be saved without water baptism (2:38). There are a number of false doctrines based on a misinterpretation of Acts 2. The reason for all this confusion is a failure to obey the divine rule of Bible study given in 2 Tim. 2:15. When we rightly divide the word of truth we understand that the present mystery dispensation in which we are living was not even revealed in Acts 2. If the Church which is the Body of Christ began in Acts 2 (as many claim), nobody knew about it at that time because it was a mystery revealed through Paul (Eph. 3:1-13) and he was not even saved until Acts 9. The basis upon which God…

Basics of Dispensational Truth

The following notes are taken from handwritten notes in the back of my Bible that I have often used in teaching others about right division. Keys to Bible Study: 1. Believe the scriptures (1Thess. 2:13) 2. Search the scriptures (Acts 17:11) 3. Compare the scriptures (1 Cor. 2:13) 4. Consider the scriptures written by Paul (2 Tim. 2:7) 5. Rightly divide the scriptures (2 Tim. 2:15) God never changes in His person, principles, and promises (Mal. 3:6; Heb. 13:8) but He does change in His dealings with man. All scripture is profitable for us (2 Tim. 3:16) but in order to gain the profit from God’s word that He has placed in it for us, we must study it His way (2 Tim. 2:15). Notice three things in 2 Timothy 2:15: 1. What we are to do - STUDY 2. Why we are to do it - to shew thyself approved of God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed  3. How we are to do it - rightly dividing the word of truth  Note: The modern versions totally mess up this key verse. They change "study" to something l…