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All Scripture is God-Breathed – Equipping Us for Every Good Work

2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

I wrote about this passage – or at least verse 16 – on June, 2011.  You can read that devotional thought here if you desire.  Today I want to deal more with verse 17 but we’ll take a peek at verse 16 as well.

2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

Of course Paul didn’t know when he was writing a letter to Timothy that it would become part of what we call the New Testament – unless God revealed it to him and there is not indication that happened.  As God gave him these words through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit he probably had what we call the Old Testament in mind – the Scriptures for his day – but God – I would imagine – had the whole of the Bible in mind.

I want to write something about teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.  I believe this might be one area where many churches or the church falls short.  In this day and age many do not want to seem too harsh.  It is not politically correct these days to rebuke or correct anyone.  We can teach and we can train – but many times fall short of this as well – using outdated or bad material and/or techniques.  The church needs to be reawakened – IMHO – to the fact that the Scripture is to be used to teach, rebuke, correct and train believers.

The reason we need to be reawakened to this truth – to the Word of God – is so men and women can be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:17 – so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  The Greek word translated man here means human (the Greek letters wouldn’t post – I tried) so it refers to men and women.

In order to be all we can be in Jesus – to be thoroughly equipped for every good work – we must be intentional about our study and use of the Bible.  This is one reason I didn’t see eye-to-eye with some of my professors in Seminary who wanted to discount the Bible in favor of reason or some other resource.  Too often I heard professors say most learned people believe instead of God’s Word says!

As United Methodist we are to use the Bible as our primary resource – according to the laws of our denomination.  I define primary as essential.  Using the other resources available to us – namely reason, tradition and experience – Scripture is still primary.  The way I look at primary is this – if all three of the other resources available to us point one way and Scripture points in the other – we better follow Scripture.  A Scriptural way to look at this can be found in the following Scriptures.  we can also look at today’s passage.

Colossians 2:8 – See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:19 – For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

2 Corinthians 10:5 – We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

So church – study the Bible – read it every day – learn it through and through – so that we will be able to apply it to life and have more than knowledge – we will have wisdom – and be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

I invite you to read along with me on YouVersion the Robert Robert’s reading plan.  I’m on day 47 but you can either catch up or start today and read it through next February.  The reading plan will take you through the whole Old Testament once and the New Testament twice in a year.  You can also read shorter plans – some topical plans.

Another topic all together – what are the good works God has called you to accomplish in your life?  I believe God has a plan for each of us.  God is not a God that flies by the seat of God’s pants – if God has pants (lol).  NOTHING catches God off guard and All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man (or women) of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

The Bible is Primary and Not Subordinate to Reason, Tradition or Experience

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February 17, 2012 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Great post Pastor Ray. The Bible is our foundation.

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    Comment by JR | February 18, 2012 | Reply


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