Add, Subtract or Divide


I read this morning how that God told Israel not to add or take away from His commandments (Deut. 12:32). That reminded me of Revelaton 22:18,19 where God promised judgment for those who add or take away from the Word of God. Sometimes when we sit down with the Word of God we are tempted to read things into it that we want to believe. We have pre-conceived notions about some teaching and we go looking into the Word to prove what we already want to see. Sometimes we also┬átake away from the Word by failing to acknowledge a very obvious truth because it goes against what we are doing or believe. We must be careful not to add or subtract from the Word to make it say what we want it to say. As I thought about this I was reminded of what Paul told Timothy, he said, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” So we don’t add or take away from God’s Word but we are to study and divide it. How do we divide God’s Word? God gives us the answer in I Corinthians 2 where He tells us that the Holy Spirit teaches us by “comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” Basically, we get the right understanding of scripture by measuring scripture against scripture. So, go to the Word, don’t add to it what you want to see, don’t take away what you don’t want to hear. Rather, study it, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you the truth and compare scripture with scripture.