And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. ~2 Timothy 3:15
The word Bible refers to the collection of the sacred writings pertaining to the Old and New Testament. Within the Bible, the terms “the Word of God” and “the Holy Scriptures” are used to describe the entirety of the Bible. As Paul was giving a word of final exhortation to Timothy, he strongly referenced the authority of the Holy Scriptures.
We see the revelation.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” God’s Word is His gift to man. It is an inspired, or God-breathed, Word. "Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." It is inerrant, or without error. God has given us "a more sure word of prophecy." It is infallible, or will not fail. It has been uniquely preserved in the English language in spite of many years of copying from the original manuscripts. All Scripture is God’s revelation to man.
We see the receiving.
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” We are exhorted to receive the Holy Scriptures, even as early as a little child. The word of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul. It makes wise the simple. It is clean, enduring forever. It is pure, enlightening the eyes. We must place our faith in the Scriptures in order to be saved. We must obey the Word in order to please God. It is our final authority for our faith and practice.
We see the resistance.
“Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.” There are those who reject the truth of God’s Word. They refuse to obey it. They would rather live in contradiction of it. Paul describes the wayward and wicked lifestyles of those who resist the truth in 2 Timothy 3:1-8. He describes someone who resists the truth as reprobate, or worthless. They have attained a place spiritually where they mock it and disregard its authority.
We see the resolution.
“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them.” We must continue, that is, remain and abide, in the Scriptures as it has been passed down to us. We must be steadfast in its precepts and commandments. We must be vigilant against temptations to change what we believe or to water down the Bible to fit what we think our need is. Even if others change, we must continue in the things which we have learned and have been assured of.
We see the reward.
“That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” God’s Word "is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." It is God’s means for perfecting, or maturing, the man of God. It is what makes us successful and fruitful in all good works. The main business of the man of God is the preaching and teaching of His Word. When we obey it and have faith in it, it is God’s means in helping us in being profitable soulwinners, defenders of the faith, and encouragers. It helps us walk by faith and not by sight. We have been entrusted with the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make us wise unto salvation. Lift up the Scriptures in your life!
Have a Scripture-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 1Kings 6-7