2Timothy 2: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
One of the most important instructions for a minister are contained within this verse. A minister must first of all STUDY. Exhibiting to God he is worthy of being entrusted with the teaching of a flock.
Secondly he must be a worker. God has no room for a lazy minister. One who knows he has done the work not being ashamed.
Third he must rightly divide. Brethren every word in the Bible is God’s Word but not every word is addressed to you. The minister must through the leadership of the Holy Spirit divide the Word correctly.
Fourth the minister must have the Word of Truth. The minister must know what is the Word of Truth and not vacillate on it.
Let us look at the book of Luke.
Luke.11: And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
Jesus after speaking truth to the people heard a voice crying out extolling His mother Mary. (Let this be a lesson for all Mary is no more special than any of us.) Jesus Himself said a person who hears the Word of God and keeps it is more blessed than His mother Mary. But what is the Word of God for you? What is the Word of God for a lost and dying man in this current Age?
Let us look in Genesis chapter six.
Gen.6: And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.
The Word of God for Noah was God was going to judge the world and destroy it through a flood. God’s Word for Noah was to build an ark to be saved. (Hebrews 11: By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.) The Word of God for Noah was simple. Noah did it and lived. My friend, you could say well, this is the Word of God directly from God so I must listen and keep it. You could go and build an ark but it would not save you. Why not? This is the Word of God and Jesus said if I hear it and keep it I would receive His blessing. The problem is that this is NOT the Word of God for you!
Let us look in Genesis chapter 15.
Gen.15: After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
 And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
 And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
The Word of God for Abram was He would give him a son and make his seed as numerous as the stars of Heaven. Abram believed God and God gave him His righteousness. (Hebrews 11: By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise)
This is indeed the Word of God. You can say well this is the Word of God and I believe God will give me a great line of descendants so God is going to give me His righteousness because I heard the Word of God and will keep it. The problem is this is not the Word of God for you! It was the Word of God for Abram.
Let us look at Exodus chapter three.
Exod.3: Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.
 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
The Word of God for Moses was he would lead the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt. Moses heard and kept it. (Hebrews 11: By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.)
You can say well this is the Word of God so I will hear it and keep it and lead the children of Israel. The problem is this is the Word of God for Moses and not for you.
Let us look at Matthew chapter four.
Matt.4: From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
There it is. The Word of God. Well, this is indeed the Word of God. The problem is this is the Word of God to the nation of Israel. Preparing them for acceptance of their King and an earthly kingdom. This is not the Word of God for you. Israel rejected their King and crucified Him on a cross.
Let us look at Romans chapter ten.
Rom.10: Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Finally, the Word of God for this Age and for you my friend. In order to receive salvation in this generation one must confess and believe. Not building an ark, not wandering the countryside, not keeping the law but simply hearing the Word of God and believing it with your heart. Salvation has never been simpler. God has promised to save anyone who calls upon the Lord as Savior.
It could not be any simpler.