December 5, 2013

Today you should read: 2 Timothy 3:10-17

There is some good stuff in this section of Scripture.  I’m going to make a few observations on the well-known verses 16-17.

16 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.

In verse 16, the phrase “inspired by God” is the Greek word theopneustos (theos=God, pneo=breath).  This means that the Scripture is God-breathed.  We can have confidence that the Bible we read is literally the Word of God.

The God-breathed words that we read are very profitable.  Specifically, the Scripture is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness so that we may be equipped to walk with the Lord and do as He pleases.  Let’s briefly break down the meaning of these profitable things from verse 16.

Teaching:  The Scripture teaches us how to live, about life, about God, about others, about how to treat people, etc.  Basically, the Scripture is sufficient to teach us about everything.

Reproof:  The Bible points out areas where we fall short.  God uses the Scripture to point out areas where we are doing wrong.

Correction:  Thankfully, the Bible doesn’t just show us where we fall short; it also shows us how to correct those areas and make us more like Christ.

Training in righteousness:  The Bible shows us how to live lives that are holy and pleasing to the Lord.  That’s one reason having consistent intake of the Bible is so important.  We need all the training we can to become more and more like Christ.

OK, so that’s a super brief breakdown of verse 16.  By way of personal application, I’ll leave a Bible study method that you might find beneficial based off of this verse.  You can use verse 16 as a template for studying the Scripture.

Teaching:  What is the subject of the passage? What is the issue being addressed?  The subject might be a character issue, a skill, an attitude, or an action.  What is the passage teaching you?

Reproof:  What wrong attitude or action might the Scripture be exposing in your life?

Correction:  What do I need to do to have the right attitude or action about the issue being addressed?

Training in righteousness:  How do I apply this to my life now?  How can I take the truth and apply it to my life so that I can live rightly?


Posted by:Rich Duffield

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

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