I love the Scriptures. I love the depth of them. I love that they can relate to me in a way that no other written document in history can. I love that God spoke to humanity thousands of years ago and preserved them for us today. Scripture is to be the way we gain knowledge about God. Who he is and what he has done in history is gained most fully in his Word. 1 Timothy gives us a great example of the greatness of Scripture and it usefulness in chapter 3:14-17 when Paul pens these words:
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom 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.” -ESV
Notice what the “sacred writings” are able to do. Scripture is able to affirm your belief, continue in your learning and make you wise in salvation. But Paul doesn’t stop there.
He goes on to describe the Scriptures as “breathed out by God”. This description is beautiful and deep. Similar to God breathing into Adam and giving him life the Scriptures speak to us and give us life. God gives the Scriptures that life-giving power.
Paul goes on to say that all Scripture is, “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” If any person is to be considered a teacher of spiritual things they need to be rooted in the Scriptures. Anything short of solid biblical teaching should not be considered trustworthy.
The Scriptures are also for reproof and correction. This can be one of the toughest parts of living a biblical life. I am a prideful creature. I like to be right. I will fight to be right even if it is over a game of Guess Who (long story). This pride bites me in the hind end many times but it hurts the worst when I fight Scripture. When the clear teachings of Jesus go against the way I am living; I get rebuked and that hurts. However, what comes out of that correction is beautiful because it makes me a better Christian, person, son, brother, and friend.
Paul then speaks about the Scriptures being useful “for training in righteousness“. If one wants to be righteous they must be following the Scriptures and the principles there in. Then Paul ends this section with an amazing statement when he says, “that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
The teaching, reproving, correcting, and training that the Scriptures give us has a deep impact in our lives as believers. It creates a complete and well-rounded person. It instills truth in the life of the believer that he/she can live by. It allows them to teach the Word of God and be corrected by it. It dulls the blade of sin and creates a love for righteousness. It outfits the believer with the abilities to do every good work in the eyes of the Lord.
The Scriptures take the very breath of God and give them to us…do you know them?