Scripture

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God might be perfect, throughly furnished to all good works”.  We have heard this and similar Scripture for most of our lives.  What does this mean for the Christian? 

Initially, we need to examine the phrase “Inspired by God”.  A literal translation of this phrase would mean “God breathed”.  Scripture is saying  It is the Word of  God.  This is God sharing with mankind His Word.  Furthermore, Scripture gives us what we need in regard to doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction of righteousness.  Scripture gives the man of God all he needs to be completely furnished to do the good works of God.

As we examine the above mentioned verses we understand that at this point Timothy would have primarily had access to  Old Testament Scriptures.  Yet, Paul tells him that these are valuable to do all the things necessary for the man of God.  Today we have not only Old Testament writings but we also have access to the New Testament cannon.   How should we view Scripture? 

We sometimes view Scripture as one might view a rule book or perhaps as we would view the Constitution.  Is this a correct attitude toward the Bible?  Did God give His Word as a rule book?    Is this the only purpose for God’s Word? Scripture does give us an insight into how our lives ought to be lived.  It  gives us an idea of what God wants from us.  If we are familiar with God’s Word we have a guide into what God intends for our life. As Creator God knows without question what is best for man.  Is this the only purpose for God giving us His Word?  Let’s continue this journey.

A second purpose for God inspiring His Word to be written was to allow us knowledge that would bring reconciliation between God and man.  It has always been God’s intent  we have fellowship with Him.  He wants our friendship.  An important function of Scripture is to allow man the necessary knowledge to bring about reconciliation to restore this friendship.  Without Scripture we would not know about the sin payment.  Furthermore, without God’s Word man would not know what was necessary to accept the gift of  salvation.  By giving us His Word, God allows us necessary knowledge to accept His gift of salvation.

A third purpose of inspiration is to allow us fellowship with God.  Scripture teaches us about God and how to be in relationship with Him.  Without this knowledge we could not know  God nor His loving grace.  A primary purpose of the Bible is to introduce us to God.  God wants friendship with man.  It was for this reason that God created us in His image.  Scripture allows us the necessary knowledge to build relationship with the Father.  The Bible is never a substitute for God.  It is God reaching out to man.  It is God providing instruction to re-establish God’s original intent.

There is so much the Word of God does for us.  I want to encourage you to consider the purposes for God’s Word.  The three we have mentioned today are just a beginning.   There is so much more God gives us through Scripture than just rules.   

 

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5 Responses to Scripture

  1. Guy says:

    I see and view this passage of scripture as having four (4) truths not three (3). I do agree with your viewing and understanding of the text.

    Here is a study I did on this same passage back in 2005.

    “Thoughts on 2 Timothy 3:16-17

    Adam and Eve had only one real rule to follow and spoke directly with God with more of a one on one relationship.

    The Patriarchs also spoke directly with God or in dreams or visions and still had more of a personal relationship with God.

    The laws, regulations, and rules came into being primarily during the Moses period starting with the issue of the 10 Commandments. During the Moses period, very few people had anything remotely resembling a real personal one on one relationship with God. With Moses, much of the laws, are direct prima facie commands that award direct punishment immediately.

    The Christian era actually has few laws and regulations when compared with the Moses period. However, it does have a lot of direction aimed toward a peaceful and caring relationship once more with God and expressed a lot through the relationships we share with each other. Mainly, the command to love God and love each other were jointly combined by Christ Himself into virtually one command. A majority of New Testament scripture is based on supporting this one command. Jesus said this one command was more important than all the rest and the person could keep obey all the prophets by observing the command to love God and to love everyone as you love God. So when you out others first and yourself second in life with honest concern and care for their spiritual, emotional and physical welfare, you are keeping this one primary command. Out of all the “commands,” of the New Kingdom, the spiritual church, very few are direct prima facie commands that award direct punishment immediately. I say this because law requires direct and immediate punishment and this rule expressed only a few times between Act’s chapter two and the end of Revelations.

    (2 Timothy 3:16-17) “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God might be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works”

    Therefore, when we look at the context of Paul to Timothy, we see that Paul is telling Timothy four basic truths”

    • All scripture has in fact come from God, and is good to use at truth. (doctrine)

    • All scripture is good for the correction of mistakes – not necessarily direct human generated punishment. (reproof and correction)

    • All scripture is valuable for teaching a person how to live their life in a way that is pleasing to God. (perfect & instruction in righteousness)

    • All scripture will give useful answers to anyone seeking to do good in all their life. (thoroughly furnished to all good works)

    Therefore, the New Testament is not a “Law Book” but a training book on “Life, Love, and Relationship.”

    Guy Lewis
    Saturday, November 15, 2005”

  2. I am sure we could come up with far more than three or even four truths. I stopped at three because this makes a good number of points for a sermon.
    In all seriousness I am sure that there are probably a multitude of good points that could be made about Scripture. Thanks for your thoughts.

  3. Guy says:

    Correction to the christian era.

    This line “So when you out others first and yourself second in life with honest concern and care for their spiritual, emotional and physical welfare, you are keeping this one primary command.”

    should be:

    “So when you put others first and yourself second in life with honest concern and care for their spiritual, emotional and physical welfare, you are keeping this one primary command.”

  4. Guy says:

    I was just saying that in this one passage you looked at, I saw Paul telling Timothy four things is all.

    Still your thoughts are very good on this passage. Good job my friend.

  5. christina says:

    Scripture is the Word of God. How He wants us to live. Jesus is the Word in flesh. He is our example. So, any point that Jesus made, we should consider as a point to improve our relationship with God. Think of all the prables, these are all points made by Jesus as how to improve our Christian lives. I think when we put more emphasis on Jesus’ life and how He lived then we will be able to understand the written scripture more completely.
    1 John 1:1-3. Christina

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