The Scripture, Alive and Well

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 may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Some many people are credited with writings that are found in the Bible.  From David to Paul, Moses to John, so many wrote about what they saw and what they experienced.  They wrote about this, not because they wanted to but because they were guided to.  Given the words to write to make the Scripture come alive.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.  Every word that is contained in the Bible makes up Scripture.  It is given, not as a bedtime story.  Not as a way to pass the time.  Not simply as a history lesson.  It is given as means to learn about God.  It is inspired by God, meaning that man did not simply write it without help.  The words that are written are made possible by God.  Think of God as the editor-in-chief, making sure that what is written lives up to what He wants to see in His book.

The Scripture is many things.  Firstly, it is profitable for doctrine.  Doctrine is a fancy word for learning or instruction.  There is much to be gained from reading the Bible.  For that, it is profitable to the one that wishes to come closer to God.  Learning is so important in the life of the Christ follower.  In order to know more about God, we need to crack open the Bible and read it.  The Bible is not a book to hold down an end table or look pretty on a book shelf.  In order to be used correctly, it must be opened and the words need to be learned.  Committed to the heart in order to know God more.

Second, it is for reproof.  Reproof is simply evidence, used to gain a conviction.  Because of the fall of man, we all sin.  Because of sin, we fall under judgment from God.  The judgement from God results in Hell forever.  The Scripture does not end there though.  Because of Jesus, we do not have to face judgment.  We do not have to see Hell.  Our conviction based on our sin is overturned and we are found not guilty by the blood of Jesus.  We are made perfect by the stripes of our Lord.

Third, it is for correction.  We do not always live according to God.  Sometimes we veer off the path we are intended to be on.  We need to be brought back.  We need correction.  God is there to let us know what is right or wrong.  The Scripture also lets us know what is right and wrong because it contains information from God on what to do.

Lastly, it is for instruction in righteousness.  Once we are corrected, we are given instruction.  There is a reason why these four are listed in the order they are.  We are to listen to instruction and when we don’t, there is evidence that we have not.  We then need to go through correction and part of the correction is more instruction.  This is a circle of training, starting and ending with instructions from God.  How important is the instruction of God to us!  Scripture is so essential.

The man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.  With all the instruction, God wants us to be complete.  We cannot be complete on our own, of course.  We still need Jesus.  With God and Scripture, we are equipped to do good.  The will of God is found in Scripture.  Let us listen to God and put into action the Scripture that we see and hear.  The Scripture is alive and well.  The Scripture is the only how-to guide we will ever need for this life.

Heavenly Father,

We know that everything we read in the Bible is truth.  It is truth because You are the Word.  You gave us the Bible so that we may learn.  We need this learning because we do not know everything.  We fail and need correction.  We are not righteous as only You are righteous.  You alone are worthy to be praised.  You are a mighty God, full of wonder.  Help us to listen to You and lean on You.  You are our Father and a father is there to guide his children.  As our perfect Father, You want what is best for us.  Shower on us mercy and blessings anew daily.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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