2 Timothy 3:16-17 – “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” NASB
In Paul’s teaching of his son in the faith, Timothy, he gives us a most eloquent and powerful explanation and revelation regarding the value and power of God’s Word. These two short verses have a treasury of knowledge stored up. In this passage, there is a virtual “gold mine” wherein we can extract powerful life truths that better enable us to walk this Christian walk on planet Earth.
He begins by asserting that all Scripture is Inspired by God! Although it was penned by men, it was under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that it was penned. It has life and power that can penetrate even the hardest heart and gives guidance for life like no other piece of writing found among men.
He declares that this inspired scripture is profitable and then lists some of the many things for which it is to be used:
- Training in Righteousness
He tells us that the end of this profitability is that the man/woman of God may be “adequate” or, as the KJV says, “perfect.” The Greek is “artios,” which signifies an integer or whole number in mathematics to which nothing needs to be added to make it complete.
The idea is Completion. He identifies that saying, “equipped for every good work.” The Inspired Word of God teaches, reproves, corrects, and trains us so that we are complete and capable of doing that which God assigns us in this life. It is quick and powerful and a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. It is a light to our pathway and a lamp to our feet, as Psalm 119:105 reveals.
If we do not spend time in the Word of God, we rob ourselves of light, equipment, training, correction, and guidance that would enable us to walk more complete in Him and make this journey much more profitable and palatable. Do not rob yourself of one of the most valuable resources you have in life – God’s Inspired Word!
As you begin your day today, why not take a few minutes of your time and drink the nectar of spiritual truth available in the fountain of God’s Inspired Word?
May God be with you as you go through your day!