All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness… (2 Timothy 3:16)
It’s a favorite for preachers and bible teachers, because if it’s not true, we really have nothing to preach or teach from (or about)… Because Scripture comes directly from the Lord, it can be trusted for:
- Teaching – from a Greek word that emphasizes applied Christian instruction; doctrine that especially extends to necessary lifestyle applications.
- Rebuking – the process of using solid, convincing evidence to persuade another of something that is wrong.
- Correcting – is the other side of the rebuking coin; it means to straighten out or restore what was wrong.
- Training in righteousness – instruction that brings someone to full maturity; the concept of discipleship.
Again, all great stuff that a teacher loves. However, most of us forget that Verse 16 is followed by a Verse 17 – one that frequently gets overlooked or forgotten. But we need to notice that God’s intention for all of our time spent in His Word is not solely so we’ll be more knowledgeable. Listen to God’s ‘end game’:
…so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (v.17)
We’re to take in a steady diet of Scripture so it can equip us thoroughly; but then we’re to work off what we’ve taken in! I’ve known some folks who dine frequently at the ‘bible study buffet’ but seem to have little interest in the good work that’s to follow. But God’s plan is for us to LEARN in order to LOVE through action.
Are you taking in a healthy diet of Scripture regularly? If so, great! Are you also seeking ways in which you can put your equipping to work? –Dave
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