2 Timothy 2 is chapter full of counsel to preachers in general. To give an explanation for 2 Timothy 2:15, let’s read the verse first: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Here, Paul reminds Timothy that only an earnest, diligent minister can rightly represent his Lord and fulfill the weighty task entrusted to him. While the Christian is working with and for his fellow men he must ever remember that the eyes of God are upon him. It is God whom the Christian must ultimately satisfy. The Christian worker must be known by all for his unsullied life and cheerful mastery of the various problems of life. Since Paul himself was a tent maker, he well knew how important it was for a workman to labor so efficiently that he need not be “ashamed” of his efforts.
The truths of the Bible must be rightly interpreted so that no part of the Scriptures will be set in opposition to the picture presented by the Bible as a whole. Each passage of Scripture must be given its true meaning even as every brick in the wall of a building must be in its proper place, or the whole wall suffers.
In 2 Timothy 2: 14, Paul warns against “word battles,” an example of the improper use of the Scripture. To cut the Bible straight suggests that every phase of truth must receive its proper emphasis. Irrelevancies and secondary issues are to be subordinated to the principles that actually prepare men to conquer sin and enable them to live triumphantly in Christ. Also a preacher needs to study God’s word prayerfully under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and be sanctified by it.
In His service,