2 Timothy 3:16
Almost everyone is familiar with John 3:16 but there is another famous 3:16 verse and its found in Paul second letter Timothy. In the final two verses of chapter three Paul writes of the uniqueness of the word of God. But there is an unfortunate translation from the Greek to the English as it says that “all Scripture is given by INSPIRATION of God,…” The word that is miss translated is the word “inspiration” which is a compound Latin word that means to “breathe IN” or inhale but that is not the Greek word as it means to “breathe OUT” or exhale. All scripture is NOT given by “INHALE” of God but as the Greek says: All scripture is given by “EXHALE” of God. Just as God breathed into the dust of the ground and made a living person, he breathed into that transformed dust His Words so that all who hear these words move towards life! Paul goes on in 2 Timothy 3:16 and say that the Bible will do four things for everyone who reads it and believes it:
- Profitable for doctrine: The word of God will instruct your mind with truth about yourself that no one else knows anything about. The Word of God, reveals to me, ME, like none other. It also answers the great mysteries of life like what happens to us after we die. It answers the question as to our own creation and if there are any other creations outside of our world. It’s a great guide for the living as it is the only book that can tell you how to keep on living even after you leave this world behind.
- Profitable for reproof: The word “reproof” is a word that means to “convict” and speaks of the bibles ability to let us know that something we are doing is wrong even though we may have never thought it wrong before. The Bible makes you aware that in order to be truly FREE, it is you that will need to change not the situation or circumstance, not society or the government, not some other person but YOU!
- Profitable for correction: The bible not only makes you aware of your need to change it provides a way to be free. The Bible never shows you your need to change without enabling you and showing you how too. That’s the amazing testimony about this book it leads a person to freedom and life.
- Profitable in instruction in righteousness: This phrase suggests that the Bible has the power through the Holy Spirit to enable you to walk day by day in a right way, a way that leads to more peace and joy in your life. In Psalm 23 David wrote of the Lord that “He leads makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His names sake.” That’s what the Bible does for those who apply its truths, it enables us to have the ever-expanding experience of right living.
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!