EVERY SCRIPTURE 2 Timothy 3:16 Adapted from a Davon Huss sermonhttp://www.sermoncentral.com/print_friendly.asp?Co ntributorID=&SermonID=42622
2 Timothy 3:16 NET Every scripture is inspired by God anduseful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training inrighteousness, 17 that the persondedicated to God may be capableand equipped for every good work.
Whatever you do, be sure to read this year‟s runaway bestseller. No, you don‟thave to wait until December to learn which book will sell more copies than any other will in the year 2012. We already knowwhich one it will be. It‟s the same book thatwas #1 in 2000 through 2011… and in the1990s, „80s and in every year over the past century or centuries.
About 40 different people from a wide variety of places and occupations contributed to the writing of this book overa period of 1,600 years. Few of them knewany of the others. Many of them had little or no access to the writings of the rest.Someone did the math & figured out of the 66 smaller books there are, 1,189 chapters, 31,173 verses and 807,361 words.
And yet, the 1,200 pages of their workcome together in a stunningly united whole. It‟s as though one great mastermind was behind it all.Within this book you will discover hundredsof specific predictions, except for those yet to be fulfilled. 100% of them have come true.
So great is the scope of this book, soprofound its message, that literally millionsof additional books have been published in praise of it, or in careful analysis of its content. No other book can make that boast. It is the most-read, most revered, most- quoted book of all time. It has inspired more songs, more paintings, more sculptures, more poems, more plays and more movies than any other has.
No one can be said to be truly educated until they have obtained a first-hand, working knowledge of its contents. Over thousands of years, hundreds ofmillions of men, women and children have met together each week in-groupssmall, medium and large to pour over its meaning and to align their lives with its teachings.
Many of them make it a point to spend aportion of each day mining its depths for additional treasure. What is the title of this bestseller? The BibleNo other book could sustain that kind ofinterest, could bear that kind of scrutiny, and leave its readers coming back for more.
It has been translated into more languages than any other book, having been read,studied and memorized by people of every race, color, persuasion, personality and culture on the planet. Even now, the fewisolated tribes that remain without a written language are working with translators to codify their verbal utterances one-by-one,so that they can soon hold in their hands a copy of this precious book in their own tongue.
How could mere human beings author a book of such perfection and power? The obvious conclusion is that they must havehad help. One of its authors reveals that itsevery word is "inspired by God." Wow. That explains why this book is in a class by itself. If you‟ve never read it all the waythrough… or if you‟ve never experienced it in one of its modern translations, I encourage you to make this your highest priority.
With more than 6,000 styles and presentations to choose from, youshouldn‟t have too much difficulty obtaining a copy that perfectly fits your budget and personality. If you do not already haveone, we can provide you with one. My two personal favorites are the New English Translation and the New International Version.
Why begin with 2 Timothy 3:16.? Why? Ifwe don‟t believe, know, this verse as truth it, does us little good to read any of the other 3:16s or any of the Bible. In my house T-shirts at the bottom of thedrawer are like silverware on the bottom of the stack: unused. Taking from the top of the stack is a natural human response.
Apparently some of the world‟s best stuff lies unused on the bottom where people seldom go. For the next few months we are goingwhere people seldom go. We are going to be challenged to explore beyond ourcomfort zones with the 3:16‟s of the Bible. This verse is well known, but it is a goodspringboard to speak about how we need to study and read and memorize and know, become familiar with the Bible.
Why should I get to know the Bible? Because it is full of three things from 2 Timothy 3:16. Inspiration inspired by God, God breathed. His words, His thoughts, His plans, etc. God‟s inspiration. Full of supernatural words.2 Peter 1:21 NET for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, mencarried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
These words are from God. Men are not perfect, but this is the beauty of the Bible.The very purpose of the Spirit‟s supervisionwas to keep men who could err from doing so. These are men‟s words so God used the words that these men knew to communicate His truth.
Spiritual Words David said, “The Spirit of the LORD spokethrough me; his word was on my tongue.” 2 Sam 23:2 NIVIt is amazing that God has taken words likeredeem or pardon or sanctification and has given them such spiritual meaning. Many of them were terms of law and business.
Savior’s Words Jesus is described as the Word. The final and ultimate Word from God. Our Savior spoke when he was on the earth but Hestill speaks through the pages of this book. All Scripture is inspired by God. What is God communicating in our day? Same message as when this book was completed.
What is Scripture? Is some of this Scripture? Is most of this Scripture? It is all Scripture, but is it all inspired by God? Is this plus moreScripture? Many people have many ideas to discredit the Bible. Add or take away from this book. These books have stood the test of time. True, right and holy. Are the books in the New Testamentconsidered Scripture? Take a look at what the Apostle Peter said.
2 Peter 3:15 NET And regard the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as also our dear brother Paul wrote to you, accordingto the wisdom given to him, 16 speaking of these things in all his letters. Some things in these letters are hard to understand, things the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they also do to the rest of the scriptures.
This one incidental line, the rest of the scriptures, links Pauls writings with scripture. This is thus one of the earliest affirmations of any part of the NT asscripture. Peters words were prophetic and were intended as a preemptive strike against the heretics to come. (NETnotes)
People for two millennia have been refuting and overthrowing this book, and yet it stands today as solid as a rock. Its circulation increases, and it is more loved and cherished and read today than ever before. People make about as much impression on this book as a man with a tack hammer would on the Pyramids of Egypt.
When a French ruler proposed the persecution of Christians in his realm, anold warrior said, "Sire, the Church of God isan anvil that has worn out many hammers." The hammers of infidels have beenpecking away at this book for ages, but the hammers are worn out, and the anvil still endures.
If this book had not been the book of God, men would have destroyed it long ago. Emperors and popes, kings and princes and rulers, scholars andintellectuals, have all tried their hand at it; they die and the book still lives. (Hastings)
Full of information For doctrine, teaching about life. Knowingright from wrong. Knowing truth from error. In our day, we determine truth by public opinion. If we did that throughout theages, slavery, infanticide, prostitution, etc.would still be acceptable. We have to base our lives on something. If we do not have some base, we will be blown this way and that without any direction.
If we stand for nothing, we will fall for anything. (Sound like a country song you‟ve heard before?) Knowing reality from deception. What is real? Knowing God‟s Word from man‟s word. Human wisdom fails. God helps those who help themselves. Each tub has to sit on its own bottom.Cleanliness is next to godliness. Familiarity breads contempt.
God‟s Word is always right and never fails. In the early morning, when the light justbegins to break forth from the night, we can barely make out the form of large objects; when we do, we see little definition. Yet in less than an hour, the definition is there, and objects much smaller in size begin to take shape.
Then in another hour or so, even thesmallest of objects become clearly defined-soon the bright light of day will even revealobjects as small as dust particles floating in the air. So, too, the Word of God is progressive in its revelation.
What seems unclear at first is soon visible with study. Continued study sheds morelight on the subject, so much so that even the youngest are stunned by the detailrevealed. Wonder of wonders, the light of revelation continues to grow with study.
Instruction Rebuking 2 Timothy 4:2 NET Preach themessage, be ready whether it is convenient or not, reprove, rebuke, exhort with complete patience and instruction.If you want to rebuke someone, please use the Bible. Nothing else will work!
CorrectingPsalms 119:105 NIV Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Upon human observation, many things seem level. Upon human observation, it seems that scales are right.How would you feel if your butcher were to have incorrect scales? Your butcher says, "Oh, who cares?
So the inspector said that it was a pound off?" No, you would want it to be corrected. Many times in our lives we get a little off course when compared to the Word ofGod. When it is pointed out to us, we need to take steps to correct the problem.
Training Psalms 119:9 NIV How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.Don‟t know what to do? Go to the Bible and God will help you! All of us need instruction. In many homes around Christmas, Dad waits until the last minute to assemble the gifts. In a sleepy stupor, Dad looks at the picture on the box and says that will be easy.
Without reading the directions, he starts toput it together. He is done and uses the toy to make sure that it works properly. It doesn‟t work at all. What happened? Hedidn‟t read the directions. According to the picture he was right but according to the directions he was wrong. The pattern that he was using was not the full instructions.
We often build our lives the same way. It is easy to model what we see inmovies, TV, friends and family. But that is like looking at the picture on the box. It isnot the real instructions. Our lives are builtaround the directions that we use to build them.
The Word of God, the Bible, is the instruction guide for building our lives and when we see something other than the Bible we may get something that almostlooks the same but lacks the completeness that was intended. Just like the toy assembly project that looked good from the outside but failed to function as it was designed, many of us have failed lives because we do not use the full instruction of the Bible.
Now the question is to what end do we have Scriptures inspired by God? 2 Timothy 3:17 NET that the persondedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.When we come to the Bible and let Godspeak to us, it changes us - it makes us complete and transforms us.
One way the Bible transforms us is throughour understanding. Romans 12:2 NET Donot be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approvewhat is the will of God — what is good and well-pleasing and perfect. When we let the Bible guide our thinking, our minds are renewed and transformed, so we begin to actually think like God thinks.
But there is another level by which the Bible transforms us: by a spiritual work, aspiritual blessing which God works in us aswe come to the Bible and let Him speak to us. This is a spiritual work that goesbeyond our intellectual understanding. With great spiritual power beyond our intellect:
The Bible gives us eternal life. 1 Peter 1:23 NET You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishableseed, through the living and enduring word of God. The Bible spiritually cleanses us. Ephesians 5:26 NET to sanctify her bycleansing her with the washing of the water by the word,
The Bible gives us power against Satan. Ephesians 6:17 NET And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. The Bible, God‟s Word, brings spiritual power to heal our bodies. Matthew 8:16 NET When it was evening, many demon-possessed people were brought to him. He drove out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick.
The Bible brings us spiritual strength. Psalm 119:28 NIV My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.The Bible has the power to spiritually build faith in us. Romans 10:17 NET Consequently faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the preached word of Christ.
Because of this spiritual level on which the Word of God operates, we dont have to understand it all to have it be effectively working in our lives. Many people get discouraged because they feel they dontget much when they read the Bible on theirown and so they give up. We must work tounderstand the Bible the best we can, and read it thoughtfully and carefully, but it benefits us spiritually even when we dont understand it all intellectually.
A critic once wrote a letter to a magazine saying, "Over the years, I suppose Ivegone to church more than 1,000 times, and I cant remember the specific content of even one sermon over those many years. What good was it to go to church 1,000 times?"
The next week, someone wrote back: "Over the past many years, I have eaten more than 1,000 meals prepared by mywife. I cannot remember the specific menuof any of those meals. But they nourished me along the way, and without them, I would be a much different man!"The Bible will do its spiritual work in us, if we will let it.
Paul began the chapter warning Timothyabout dangerous times. Some Christians are swept away by these perilous times and some others go into hiding. Neither option is right for us. We are to stand strong and stay on the Word of God. (Guzik)
Paul makes a final point. The study of the Scriptures trains a man in righteousness until he is equipped for every good work.Here is the essential conclusion. The study of the Scriptures must never be selfish, never simply for the good of a mans own soul.
Any conversion which makes a man think of nothing but the fact that he has beensaved is no true conversion. He must study the Scriptures to make himself useful to God and to his fellow-men. No man is saved unless he is on fire to save his fellow-men. (Barclays Daily Study Bible)
Join me and let‟s look to the Bible for our instruction. Turn aside from the temptationto just figure things out for yourself or follow some worldly pattern. Don‟t settle for something less. Make sure you build and rebuild your life according to the full instructions! In Timothy, Jesus is the mediator between God and man. Without Jesus we have no one in heaven to plead our case. We are under wrath because of our sins.
Jesus took the sins of the world to the cross. He died for ALL the people of the world, not just you & me. We must help others find His salvation. Matthew 28:19NET Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of theFather and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything I havecommanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Theeternal life of those around us depends on US!