In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 we read:
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may
be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
"The word "inspiration" means "breathed out by God". Rephrased, this verse says,
“all scripture was breathed out by God and is inspired and profitable for teaching,
conviction, correction, instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be
perfect, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
To expand further the word doctrine is translated "instruction," reproof is translated
"conviction of sin," correction is translated "improvement of character" and instruction
in righteousness, has the idea of “training or discipline.”
We could accurately paraphrase this verse this way:
“The scriptures for the salvation of our spirit, soul and body are Divinely breathed by
God and are profitable for instruction, for the conviction of sin, for the improvement of
our character and for our training in righteousness, so that we may be mature, being
fully equipped for every beneficial work!”
The word of God is (and has) everything we need to become a complete and
perfected Christian, fruitful in every good work!
According to 2 Timothy 3:16 the scriptures are profitable in least four ways
The Authorship of the Word of God
“For all scripture is given by inspiration of God (is God-breathed).” 2 Tim 3:16
“Know this first, that no prophecy is of any private interpretation. For the
prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as
they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:20, 21
Because it is supernatural in origin, it sometimes seems like the Word is contrary to
human reason. It is not contrary to reason, but contrary to the natural mind and
ordinary human experience! Men being raised from the dead, being led by a pillar of
fire and cloud, or hearing and writing the Word of God under Divine Guidance are not
ordinary experiences… But given the extraordinary nature and abilities of God the
events recorded for us are not contrary to reason. He can do anything!
The Word of God is completely trustworthy! We can build our lives on it without care
because He watches over His Word to perform it and He is not a man that He can lie
The Word of God Is Alive
Hebrews 4:12 says:
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged
sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints
and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Man's Opinion In Light Of God's Word
The authority of God's word has been established. However, there are those who
believe and preach contrary to the word. What should our attitude be?
We must obey God’s Word
Once we have knowledge of the Word, we must be obedient to that word in order
to call him Lord.
"And why call me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" Luke 6:46
“As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel
unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:9
We must yield our personal opinions to scriptural authority.
We must read, hear and meditate on the Word.
"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shall
meditate therein day and night, that thou may observe to do according to all
that is written therein: for then thou shall make thy way prosperous, and then
thou shall have good success." Joshua 1:8
We must set aside time every day to read the Word of God.
• The Bible will keep you from sin. Psalm 119:9-11
• It is a lamp unto our feet, lighting the way we should go Psalm 119:105
• The Bible is a guide to, and equipper on, the way of life. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
• The word cleanses us. John 15:3, Ephesians 5:26
• The Bible causes people to live fruitful and prosperous lives. Psalm 1:1-3
• To rightly divide the word and not be ashamed. 2 Timothy 2:15
• The word is the Sword of the Spirit. Ephesians 6:13-17
• Because faith comes by the word. Romans 10:17
• Because we are destroyed for a lack of knowledge of the word. Hosea 4:6
• By it we receive hope Romans 15:4
• It brings us continuing salvation 1Timothy 4:16
• It contains everything we need to live a godly life. 2Peter 1:3-4