In a single visual field, the chart moves in linear fashion from Alpha to Omega, from past eternity on the left to future eternity on the right. Larkin uses this chart as a frame of reference for the rest of his book. The ages and dispensations that appear here also re-appear as full-page charts later in the volume, as he expands on the significant events, characteristic features, and special prophecies of each particular epoch. Larkin imagines his charts like a series of increasingly powerful microscope lenses: later charts offer greater and greater levels of detail but remain in a fixed position relative to the whole depicted here.
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Then their work would be the work of workmen tested by trial, and would be found to have stood the test. His own words in the First Epistle to the Corinthians were evidently in St. Rightly dividing the word of truth. The Greek word translated in the English version "rightly dividing," literally signifies "cutting a straight line. The word of truth is, as it were, a road which is to be laid out straightly and truly.
To affirm see Alford and Huther-Meyer that the notion of "cutting" had been gradually lost, and that the word already in the time of St. Paul signified simply "to manage rightly," "to treat truthfully without falsifying," and that the exact opposite is to corrupt or adulterate the Word of God 2Corinthians , seems premature. Rhesus, , ed. In the third century, Clement of Alexandria Stromata, 7 , for instance, certainly uses the word in a sense in which the idea of "cutting" has been lost, when he writes orthotomia a substantive as an equivalent for orthodoxia--orthodoxy.
It is not improbable that the use of the word here by St. Paul gave the word a fresh starting-point, and that gradually the original meaning passed out of sight. Pulpit Commentary Verse Give diligence. The A. Zeal, earnest desire, effort, and haste, are all implied in it comp.
The rendering, to show thyself, of the A. This, with the two following qualifications, "a workman that needeth not to be ashamed," and "one that rightly handles the Word of truth," is the character which Timothy is exhorted to appear in before God.
How natural is such a figure in the mouth of Paul, who wrought at his trade with Aquila and Priscilla Acts , and was working night and day at Thessalonica, that he might earn his own living!
Paul shows how to secure its being good work, viz. In the LXX. We must look, therefore, at the etymology of the word. Hence, by an easy metaphor, "divide rightly," or "handle rightly, the Word of truth," preserving the true measure of the different portions of Divine truth.
Clarence Larkin :: Chapter 5. Rightly Dividing the Word
He was converted to Christ at the age of He was a mechanical engineer, teacher and manufacturer by trade. In , at the age of 34, he became an ordained Baptist minister. His first pastorate was at Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; his second was at Fox Chase, Pennsylvania, where he remained for 20 years. He was not a premillennialist at the time of his ordination, but his study of the Scriptures, with the help of some books that fell into his hands, led him to adopt the premillennialist position. He began to make large wall charts, which he titled, "Prophetic Truth," for use in the pulpit.