Every commercial you see on TV with a celebrity endorsement is banking on the fact that the “Who” of the message matters a great deal. Sometimes who the message is from matters more than the message itself.
Who spoke the words of the Bible? Who is the Author of its message? 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”
This is a powerful verse. It tells us first that the entire Bible is God-breathed. What does this mean? When you or I speak, we exhale. This verse is telling us that the whole of Scripture is God’s words, spoken by Him to us.
Not only is the entire Bible a message from God, but it has distinct purposes. It is useful for four things: teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness.
- Teaching means knowing what is true.
- Reproof means being confronted with what is not in line with God’s teachings in our lives, which is sin.
- Correction is how to restore the relationships broken by our sins, to build anew what was defaced or destroyed.
- Training in righteousness is not the impartation of knowledge, but moral training designed to cultivate a Godly life by living a disciplined life with God’s help and, when necessary, enduring His loving discipline. It is a lifelong process of cultivating the soul to godliness.
Read 2 Timothy 3:14-17.
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom[a] you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[ may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Think about the following questions:
In 2 Timothy 3:15, what does Paul say the sacred writings were able to do for Timothy? Thinking about our definition yesterday for wisdom, what is this verse is telling you?
According to 2 Timothy 3:17, what is the purpose of the teaching, reproving, correcting and training in righteousness we undergo when we study God’s Word?
Thank God for His Word, and for the people in your life who have helped teach it to you. Ask God to help you apply the four purposes of His Word to your times of study.