The church in America is dogmatically convinced it is Spirit filled. It is commonplace for Christians to call themselves disciples, Saints, apostles, prophets, evangelists and pastor teachers and miracle workers when they know nothing of entering into the Spirit and power of Christ who is all those things in vessels made suitable for his use.

        When Martin Luther became the leader of the Protest'ant movement, the present day epidemic of division in the church throughout the world multiplied so it is questionable as to whether the Reformation has done more harm than good.

        Catholic dogma was thrown out only to be replaced by Protestant dogma. Statues were no longer permitted and in its place Christians have come to adore multi million dollar jets and mansions. The deified adoration of Mary was was done away with by Prostestants until they have almost come to disrespect her. Penance was mocked even though it remains a tool in the toolbox of Saints. The canonizing of saints by the Pope was such an abomination to Protestants, they ceased to discuss the meaning or existence of sainthood.

        What Protestants did get out of what is wrongfully called the reformation, was a leaderless branch of the Church immersed in an epidemic of worldwide division. Had there been a reformation, the Catholic church would have been reformed. Instead division took place in the name of reforming the practice of the faith.

        The Protestant Church in America has one mind in saying all Christians are saints. The churchgoer sees no difference between the two.

        This may seem of little or no significance, however the lack of a higher spiritual plane to attain to leaves the Christian with no higher goal. The result is a mindset of having already arrived and "already arrived" doctrines and teachings abound in the churches today; the foremost of which is that that everyone in the churches are Spirit filled.

        Consider carefully the following Scripture that Saint Paul the Apostle wrote, saying:

        "HE GAVE SOME, APOSTLES AND SOME, PROPHETS AND SOME, EVANGELISTS AND SOME, PASTORS AND TEACHERS FOR THE PERFECTING OF THE SAINTS, FOR THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY, FOR THE EDIFYING OF THE BODY OF CHRIST TILL WE ALL COME IN THE UNITY OF THE FAITH, AND OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SON OF GOD, UNTO A PERFECT MAN, UNTO THE MEASURE OF THE STATURE OF THE FULNESS OF CHRIST THAT WE HENCEFORTH BE NO MORE CHILDREN, TOSSED TO AND FRO, AND CARRIED ABOUT WITH EVERY WIND OF DOCTRINE, BY THE SLEIGHT OF MEN, AND CUNNING CRAFTINESS, WHEREBY THEY LIE IN WAIT TO DECEIVE; BUT SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE, MAY GROW UP INTO HIM IN ALL THINGS, WHICH IS THE HEAD, EVEN CHRIST:" Ephesians 4:ll/15

        Part of the problem is the largeness of such a Scripture for the unskilled to understand. So let's look inside the 122 word sentence Saint Paul wrote:

        On the highest spiritual plane are Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers. They are Saints given for the perfecting of the Saints. They are the managers of the Lord's ministry. They also edify the body of Christ. The goal of God in them is to bring all into the unity of the faith and to the knowledge of the Son of God unto a perfect man in Christ.

        Saint Paul goes on to express one of the goals for the body of Christ which are known as Christians today, and that goal is for them to be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive..."

        The body of Christ in both the Catholic and Protestant churches are tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine because they are unskillful in the Word of God. Catholics call themselves Catholics. Protestants call themselves Christians and Saints. They are that portion of the body of Christ which is most vulnerable to winds of doctrine and the wolves who bring them.

        The Lord's Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers all have been used down through the centuries by God to bring Saints into spiritual perfection, but Catholics and Christians in the body of Christ are not on the path to spiritual perfection in this lifetime.

         They are serving two masters while Saints serve one Master. It is important for you to know the difference between the body of Christ in general and Saints if you are to understand the Word of God:

DIVIDING THE WORD BETWEEN SAINTS AND THE CHURCH:

        A Saint is working toward spiritual perfection by dying to self daily, so he does what Jesus would do in his person by the inward power and inspiration of Christ's Spirit as he seeks God continually.

         Many suppose their service to the Church is proof of their spirituality. Others presume ordination papers hanging on the wall of their office proves their spirituality. Others suppose their talent or charisma is proof of their spirituality. But a Saint is about the business of the Father building the Kingdom within.

        Christ is the blueprint Saints are to build within themselves by obedience to a growing body of revelations of Christlikeness. The anointing that abides within not only teaches them all things, they are taught by Christ within how to walk in him.

        If a religious leader puts a hammer in your hand to help build a house of religion, you are not building the church. The Kingdom is built within by eating the Book in the angel's hand and by bearing the cross of the living sacrifice. When you divide the Word of God, divide it between the carnal and the spiritual.

         Traditional houses of worship are boxes where man controlled services obstruct the ability of Saints to move freely in the Spirit, so it is so many holy men in the Scriptural record are found living separated lives outside of the religious system.

        Jesus trained disciples to be Saints when he came as God in the flesh of a man, and now that he is invisible to all; he still trains disciples to be Saints. Although the apostles had a great advantage in having the visible Shepherd with them, the Shepherd is visible within disciples who walk in the Spirit. They see through the eye of Christ and are guided by him continually.

         The Apostle Paul made a difference between Saints and the body of Christ in general saying: "TO THEM THAT ARE SANCTIFIED IN CHRIST JESUS, CALLED TO BE SAINTS, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours." (1 Corinthians 1:2) In properly interpreting this statement, divide the Word between Saints and the body of Christ in general in every place who call upon the Lord.

         Now look at how detailed minded you must be to divide the Word properly. Do you see how Saint Paul used the phrase "both theirs and ours." He is referring to the body of Christ calling upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord saying Jesus is both their Lord and ours.

         In 2 Thessalonians 1:10, the apostle makes a difference again between Saints and Christians in regard to the second coming; saying: "When he shall come to be glorified in his Saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day."

         Once again, Saints are mentioned first, then the church in general is mentioned. If you are to read holy Scripture with understanding, you will need to divide the Word between Saints and the body of Christ in general who were not called Catholics or Christians when the New Testament was written.

         In 1 Corinthians 2:16, it is written: "BUT WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST." Saint Paul was referring to the Apostles who had the mind of Christ, but religious leaders are using that verse to convince God's people they have the mind of Christ. They are teaching religious dogma instead of true doctrine. They are not properly dividing the Word of God.

         Keep a sharp eye out for the pronouns: "we, us, and ours" in the epistles. They usually pertain to the apostles and not to the body of Christ in general. It is important for you to divide the Word between Saints and the body of Christ in general if you wish to fully understand it.

         It is fairly easy to see in 1 Corinthians Chapter four of Saint Paul the Apostle's writings:

         He wrote: "For I think that God has set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are honourable, but we are despised. Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; and labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it, being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day." (l Corinthians 4:13)

         In the above stated texts, Saint Paul clearly divides the Word betwen the body of Christ in the Corinthian Church and the Apostles. And though every Saint is not an Apostle, the Saints fit into the description of the Apostles. The Saints are weak, the Church is strong. The Saints are poor, the Church is rich. The Saints are made the filth of the world and the offscouring of all things unto this day.

        Now, if you will look up the Scriptures given in the chart below; you will have the opportunity of dividing the Word between Saints and the Christian body of Christ in general:


CHRISTIANS ARE:

A SAINT IS:

A CHILD OF GOD


Romans 8:16

A SON OF GOD


St. John 1:12

NEEDS MILK


l Corinthians 3:2

NEEDS STRONG MEAT


Hebrews 5:12

CARNALLY MINDED


Romans 8:6
Col.2:18

SPIRITUALLY MINDED


1 Cor. 2:16

NOT YET DEAD TO SELF


1 Corinthians 3:3

DYING TO SELF DAILY


St Luke 14:26/27/&33
St Luke 9:23
1 Cor. 15:31

ALIVE TO SIN


l Corinthians 5:7

FREED FROM SIN


Romans 6:7

BABES IN CHRIST


1 Corinthians 3:1

THE SONS OF GOD


Rom. 8:14

UNSKILLFUL INTERPRETERS


2 Timothy 2:15

SKILLFUL INTERPRETERS


Job 33:23

THE MIND OF MAN


Proverbs 3:5

THE MIND OF CHRIST


2 Corinthians 10:15

WALKING BY SIGHT


Job 31:7

WALKING BY FAITH


2 Corinthians 5:7

LOG IN THE EYE


St.Mt. 7:3
St.Lk. 11:35

SINGLENESS OF EYE


Prov.20:12
St.Mk. 10:25

DULL OF HEARING


Heb. 5:11

THE HEARING EAR


Phil. 3:20
Rom. 10:17
Proverbs 20:12

SERVING TWO MASTERS


St. Luke 16:13

SERVING ONE MASTER


St. Luke 16:13

SANCTIFIED


St. John 17:17
l Corinthians 6:11

FULLY SANCTIFIED


l Thessalonians 5:23

        There is a distinct difference between the body of Christ and Saints. God "made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel." (Psalm 103:7) Moses is a Saint who knows God's inner workings in the fully built kingdom of God within. The children of Israel, God's Old Testament Church, saw God's miracles, but they did not know how to work them.

DIVIDING THE WORD IN OTHER WAYS:

        The idea of dividing the Word does not suggest to do away with any part of it, but to make a difference between one entity and another so as to make the content understandable.

        As long as anyone is misinformed about the difference between the Jews and the Gentiles in the sight of God, they cannot properly divide the Word. The Kingdom shall be returned to Israel who are the royal house of God in the making.

        The Lord did not deny this truth immediately prior to his ascension, he simply did not reveal the time the Kingdom would be returned to Israel. (Acts 1:6/7) "It is not for you to know the seasons" I think he told his disciples on the Mount of Olives right before the Ascension.

        In holy Scripture, we are told there are "TWO SHEEPFOLDS." Israel and the Gentiles are those two sheepfolds. Be sure when you are reading the promises to divide to Israel their portion and to the Gentiles theirs. We are in "THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES" but in the Age to come Israel will "EAT THE RICHES OF THE GENTILES." God is A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES BUT HIS GLORY WILL REST UPON ISRAEL.

        It is also important to rightly divide the Word between the literal and the spiritual. THE WORD OF GOD IS LIKE A TWO EDGED SWORD DIVIDING BONE FROM MARROW AND SOUL FROM SPIRIT.

        The dividing between bone and marrow represents the literal side of the Word of God. Dividing soul from spirit represents the spiritual side of the Word of God.

        There is also the need to divide the Word between good and evil.

        "BELOVED, I WISH ABOVE ALL THINGS THAT YOU WOULD BE IN GOOD HEALTH EVEN AS YOUR SOUL PROSPERS." If we are to rightly divide the Word we just read, what is our interpretation?

        If someone's soul is not prospering, God retains the right to deal with them bodily. Their bad health may seem like evil to them, but God is getting their attention. If their soul is prospering, then God is glad for them to be in good health.

        The interpreter of the Word of God should also divide past, present and future prophecies one from another so as to not produce confusion. This requires a lot of practice and an in depth understanding of the peculiar method of the prophets in writing futuristically.

        Anytime you come into a Bible study and ask them: "Is the Word of God easy to understand?" "Oh, yes brother. We are having no trouble with it."

        There is a sure sign they do not know how difficult it is to rightly divide the Word of truth. You work at it prayerfully and God will help you through his holy Spirit.