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MARCH MEMORYVERSE:Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV“Trust in the Lord with allyour heart, and do notrely on your ownunderstanding;
think about Him in allyour ways, and He willguide you on the rightpaths.”      Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
Last week:    HOW TO BE A   GOOD SOLDIER   IN GOD’S ARMY2 Timothy 2:3-4 NASB
2 Timothy 2:3-4 NASB3 “Suffer hardship withme, as a good soldierof Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier in activeservice entangles h...
life, so that he may pleasethe One Who enlisted himas a soldier.” 
The MacArthur NewTestament Commentary,Copyright © Moody Pressand John MacArthur, Jr.,1983-2007.
Today’s texts:2 Timothy 2:152 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB
“Study to shew thyselfapproved unto God, aworkman that needethnot to be ashamed, rightlydividing the word oftruth.”    2 T...
2 Timothy 2:15 NASB15 “Be diligent to presentyourself approved to Godas a workman who doesnot need to be ashamed,accuratel...
Be diligent (spoudazo)carries the idea of havingzealous persistence toaccomplish a particularobjective.*Matthew 22:37-39
The diligent believer givesmaximum effort to impartGods truth as completely,as clearly, and asunambiguously aspossible.Are...
The purpose of thatdiligence is not to pleaseothers, and certainly notto please oneself, but topresent yourself approvedto...
To present yourself(paristemi) literally meansto stand alongside of.
The idea in this passage isthat of standing alongsideof or before God, ofpresenting oneself forinspection, as it were, ino...
Approved (dokimos)refers to favorably passingcareful scrutiny andthereby being countedworthy (fit for service).
Dokimos (approved) isthe word used for a stonewhich is fit to be fittedinto its place in a building.
A stone with a flaw in itwas marked with a capitalA, standing foradokimastos which meanstested and found wanting(not appro...
The supreme purpose ofthe diligent and selflessbeliever is to please God."For am I now seeking thefavor of men, or of God?...
"Or am I striving to pleasemen? If I were still tryingto please men, I wouldnot be a bond-servant ofChrist" (Galatians 1:1...
Every Christian should beable to say, "Just as wehave been approved byGod to be entrusted withthe Gospel, so we speak,not ...
hearts" (1 Thess 2:4).*Our greatest desire is tohear our Master say,"Well done, good andfaithful servant"(Matthew 25:21).
Such a follower of Christis a workman who doesnot need to be ashamed.
Anyone who ignores,misrepresents,misinterprets, or detractsfrom Gods truth byadding to it or taking awayfrom it (Rev 22:18...
 1 John 2:28 NASB28 “Abide in Him, so thatwhen He appears, wemay have confidenceand not shrink away fromHim in shame atHis...
Rightly divide(orthotomein) is a wordpicture of a mason incutting and squaring astone so that it is fittedinto its correct...
So the man who rightlydivides the word of truth,takes each section of thetruth, and fits it into itscorrect position, as a...
an undue place and soknock the whole structureout of balance.*Metaphorically, it wasused of carefullyperforming any task.
Because Paul was atentmaker by trade (Acts18:3), he may have had inmind the careful, straightcutting and sewing of themany...
“Study to shew thyselfapproved unto God, aworkman that needethnot to be ashamed, rightlydividing the word oftruth.”    2 T...
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB16 “All Scriptureis inspired by God andprofitable for teaching, forreproof, for correction,for train...
 17 so that the man of Godmay be adequate,equipped for every goodwork.”2 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB
*Scripture that givessalvation must be inspiredby God.*The words of men couldnever transform the innerperson (Psalm 19:7).
METS(Medical EvangelismTraining Strategies)“If a life hasn’t beenchanged, then nothing hasbeen changed.”
Psalm 19:7   NASB7 “The law of the Lord isperfect, restoring thesoul;”
*All Scripture is Godsinerrant Word.*Theopneustos (inspiredby God) literally means,"breathed out by God," or"God-breathed."
God sometimes breathedHis words into the humanwriters to be recordedmuch as dictation. He saidto Jeremiah: "Behold, Ihave ...
But, as clearly seen inScripture itself, Godsdivine truth more oftenflowed through thehearts, minds, souls, andemotions of...
In a supernatural way, Hehas provided His divineWord in human wordsthat any person, even achild, can be led by HisHoly Spi...
It is of utmost importanceto understand that it isScripture that is inspiredby God, not the mendivinely chosen to recordit.
When speaking or writingapart from Godsrevelation, their thoughts,wisdom, andunderstanding werehuman and fallible.
Many human authors ofScripture penned otherdocuments, but none ofthose writings exist today,and, even if discovered,they w...
Paul wrote at least twoother letters to the churchat Corinth (1 Cor 5:9;2 Cor 2:4), but no copies ofthose letters have eve...
The letters doubtless weregodly, spirituallyinsightful, and blessed ofthe Lord, but they werenot Scripture.
Many men who wroteScripture (Moses) werehighly trained in humanknowledge and wisdom,but that was not theSource of the divi...
Scripture first of all andabove all is from God andabout God, His self-revelation to fallenmankind.
From Genesis throughRevelation, God revealsHis truth, His character,His attributes, andHis divine plan for theredemption o...
own image.*The Bible is not acollection of the wisdomand insights of men, evenof godly men.*It is Gods truth, His ownWord ...
The psalmist declared,"Forever, O Lord, Thyword is settled in Heaven"(Psalm 119:89).
*Gods Word is divinelyrevealed to men on earthand divinelyauthenticated in Heaven.*Peter declaresunequivocally, "Know this...
prophecy of Scripture is amatter of ones owninterpretation, for noprophecy was ever madeby an act of human will,but men mo...
God" (2 Peter 1:20-21).*Those God-given,humanly recorded wordsbecame Gods writtenWord, inerrant andauthoritative as origin...
"Interpretation" (2 Peter1:20 b) translatesepilusis, which refers tosomething that isreleased, sent out, or sentforth (ori...
*In this verse the Greeknoun is indicating origin.*No message of Scripturewas originated and sentforth by mens ownwisdom a...
Rather, the godly menthrough whom Scripturewas revealed andrecorded were divinelyinstructed and carriedalong by the Holy S...
Within the Bible itself,"God" and "Scripture" aresometimes used almostinterchangeably.
THE INSPIRED ANDINERRANT SCRIPTURE
*Scripture is inspired andinerrant in bothtestaments.*All Scripture refers to theNew as well as to the OldTestament.
The hieros grammata("sacred writings") werethe Hebrew Scriptures(the Old Testament),which Timothy had beentaught from chil...
Graphe (Scripture), on theother hand, wascommonly used in theearly church not only ofthe Old Testament butalso of Gods new...
came to be called the NewTestament.*In 1 Timothy, Paul wrote,"The Scripture [graphe]says, You shall notmuzzle the ox while...
and The laborer is worthyof his wages"(1 Tim 5:18).*It is important to notethat the first quotation isfrom the Old Testame...
lips (Luke 10:7), that is,from the New Testament.*The Pentateuch (the firstfive books of the OldTestament) contains atleas...
The New Testamentcontains more than 300direct quotations and atleast 1,000 indirectreferences from the OldTestament, almos...
implying that they wereGods own Word.*The book of Hebrewsopens with the declaration"God, after He spoke longago to the fat...
portions and in manyways, in these last dayshas spoken to us in HisSon" (Hebrews 1:1-2).*The writer was speakingof both te...
prophets" representingthe Old and His speakingthrough "His Son"representing the NewTestament.
Paul assured the churchesin Galatia:"I would have you know,brethren, that the Gospelwhich was preached byme is not accordi...
For I neither received itfrom man, nor was Itaught it, but I received itthrough a revelation ofJesus Christ.He Who had set...
womb, . . . called methrough His grace, andwas pleased to reveal HisSon in me, that I mightpreach Him among theGentiles"(G...
And to the church atThessalonica he wrote,"For this reason we alsoconstantly thank God thatwhen you received fromus the wo...
not as the word of men,but for what it really is,the word of God, whichalso performs its work inyou who believe"(1 Thessal...
Together, the Biblicalwriters make some 4,000claims to be writing GodsWord, not their ownwords.
For a person to deny thatall of the Bible is inspired,to “choose” whichportions they think areinspired is known as“cherry ...
Such denial places man asjudge over Gods Word,acknowledging asauthentic and bindingonly those portions whichcorrespond to ...
*Personal predispositionsare based on subjective,sin-tainted, and imperfectknowledge.*When men decide forthemselves what t...
worthwhile, asmeaningful and relevant,they vitiate (destroy,corrupt) all authority ofScripture and theyattempt to judge Go...
standards of mans sinfulinclinations and distortedperceptions.*As Paul said to Titus, thecommandments of menturn people aw...
Through the centuries,some scholars havepointed to "mistakes" inthe Bible, statementsabout people, places, andthings that ...
of history, archaeology, ormodern science.
BIBLE SAID THE STARSCANNOT BENUMBERED, MORETHAN 2500 YEARS AGO-INNUMERABLE(Jer. 33:22).
• In Genesis 15:5 (morethan 2500 years ago) theBible stated that the starscannot be numbered.*Yet early scientiststhought ...
In 150 AD, Ptolomycounted 1056 stars andannounced that therecould not possibly bemore than 3000.
In 1608 AD, Galileoannounced that stars areinnumerable after hisobservations with atelescope.
There are between 100billion and 400 billion(1-4X10 to the 11th power)stars in our galaxy alone.
If these stars were countedaround the clock at onestar per second, then itwould take between 3000years to 12,000 years jus...
galaxy.*Add to this the fact thatthere are at least 100billion galaxies!
Jeremiah 33:22 NASB22  “As the host of heavencannot be counted…”
*They think that thediameter of the universeis 93 billion light years. 
Profitable
The second predicateadjective Paul uses todescribe Scripture isprofitable, which focuseson the sufficiency of Godswritten ...
Profitable translatesophelimos, whichincludes the ideas ofbeneficial, productive,and sufficient.
*Scripture is sufficient in beingcomprehensive.*Psalm 119 and Joshua 1:8 bothsupremely affirm the absolutesufficiency of S...
King David understoodthe sufficiency of GodsWord, and in one of hismost uplifting Psalms heexulted: Psalm 19:7-13“The law ...
the testimony of the Lordis sure, making wise thesimple.The precepts of the Lordare right, rejoicing theheart; the command...
enlightening the eyes.The fear of the Lord isclean, enduring forever;the judgments of the Lordare true; they arerighteous ...
They are more desirablethan gold, yes, than muchfine gold; sweeter alsothan honey and thedrippings of thehoneycomb.
Moreover, by them Thyservant is warned; inkeeping them there isgreat reward.Who can discern hiserrors? Acquit me ofhidden ...
Also keep back Thyservant frompresumptuous sins;let them not rule over me;then I shall be blameless,and I shall be acquitt...
It is a marvelous mark ofGods loving grace thatHe has given us everytruth, every principle,every standard, and everywarnin...
salvation according to Hiswill.
John closes the book ofRevelation (22:18-19), aswell as the entire Old andNew Testaments, withthis sobering warningfrom th...
"I testify to everyone whohears the words of theprophecy of this book: ifanyone adds to them, Godshall add to him theplagu...
takes away from thewords of the book of thisprophecy, God shall takeaway his part from thetree of life and from theholy ci...
Bible MathematicsWe are not to add to theBible,nor to subtract from it,but to rightly divide it.
False religious systemsthat claim to be Christianinvariably expose theirfalsehood by their view ofScripture.
Mormonism considersThe Book of Mormon tobe as divinely inspiredand authoritative as theBible, in fact more so,because they...
updated revelation fromGod.
Some charismatics claimto have received specialrevelations from God,which, if genuine, wouldcarry the same divineauthority...
It is because of suchdistorted and destructiveviews of Scripture withinprofessing Christendomthat biblical believersmust, ...
for the faith which wasonce for all delivered tothe saints" (Jude 3).*As in the early church,the greatest danger to thechu...
Paul warned the godly,mature church atEphesus, "I know thatafter my departure savagewolves will come inamong you, not spar...
Your own selves men willarise, speaking perversethings, to draw away thedisciples after them"(Acts 20:29-30).
Paul declares in verse 16that Scripture is profitablefor believers in fourimportant ways:for teaching, for reproof,for cor...
Profitable for:TeachingReproofCorrectionTraining in Righteousness
THE TEACHINGSCRIPTURE“for teaching,” (3:16 b)Didaskalia refersspecifically andexclusively to divineinstruction, or doctrine,
given to believers throughGods Word, whichincluded not only theHebrew Scriptures (OldTestament) and theteaching of Jesus d...
the inspired teaching ofthe apostles and NewTestament authors.
Didaskalia -instruction: doctrine,learning, teaching.properly applied-teaching; Christiandoctrine (teaching) as itespecial...
necessary lifestyle(applications).didactic Greek didaktikos
1 John 2:27-28 NASB27 “As for you, theanointing which youreceived from Him abidesin you, and you have noneed for anyone to...
but as His anointingteaches you about allthings, and is true and isnot a lie, and just as it hastaught you, you abide inHim.
28 Now, little children,abide in Him, so thatwhen He appears, wemay have confidenceand not shrink away fromHim in shame at...
When it comes to godlyliving and godly service,to growing in "thediscipline and instructionof the Lord" (Eph 6:4),God-brea...
comprehensive andcomplete body of divinetruth necessary to live asour heavenly Fatherdesires for us to live.
The wisdom andguidance for fulfillingeverything He commandsus to believe, think, say,and do is found in Hisinerrant, autho...
completed Word.
Even after conversion,trust in ones own wisdomis a severe hindrance tocorrect understanding ofScripture and to fullusefuln...
The counsel to "trust inthe Lord with all yourheart, and do not lean onyour own understanding"(Proverbs 3:5) is every bita...
Tragically, some of themost Biblically illiteratebelievers in our day livein lands where GodsWord is readily availableand ...
literature are abundant.
It is impossible to believe,understand, and followwhat you do not evenknow.
It is completely futile, aswell as foolish, to expectto live a spiritual lifewithout knowing spiritualtruth.
*Biblically untaughtbelievers, especially thosein biblically untaughtchurches, are easy preyfor false teachers.*They are s...
there by waves, andcarried about by everywind of doctrine, by thetrickery of men, bycraftiness in deceitfulscheming"(Ephes...
Throughout most ofredemptive history, Godcould have said what Hesaid in Hoseas day: "Mypeople are destroyed forlack of kno...
It is for that reason, aswell as for the evengreater reason ofhonoring the Lord, thatregular, systematic, andthorough stud...
imperative for Godspeople.*We not only are to guardwhat we know butsincerely seek to learnmore of Godsinexhaustible truth.
We should pray with Job,"Teach Thou me what I donot see" (Job 34:32).*That dauntless man ofGod had lost his children,his s...
reputation.*He was wholly unable tosee why God permittedthose calamities to comeupon him, and hetherefore wanted the Lordt...
needed to learn in orderto endure his painfulexistence and to profitfrom it spiritually.
On a trip from Greeceback to Jerusalem, Paulreminded the Ephesianelders, many of whomhad ministered both withhim and with ...
"You yourselves know,from the first day that Iset foot in Asia, . . . how Idid not shrink fromdeclaring to you anythingtha...
from house to house,solemnly testifying toboth Jews and Greeks ofrepentance toward Godand faith in our LordJesus Christ.
For I did not shrink fromdeclaring to you thewhole purpose of God"(Acts 20:18,20-21,27).
Both the first and lastpieces of spiritual armorthat Paul mentions in hisletter to believers atEphesus pertain toScripture.
"Stand firm therefore," hesays, "having girded yourloins with truth."*Then, after putting on the"breastplate ofrighteousne...
of peace, "taking up theshield of faith," anddonning "the helmet ofsalvation," we are to equipourselves with the onlyoffen...
"the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God"(Ephesians 6:14-17).
Machaira ("sword") refersto a short sword, ordagger, a weapon used inclose combat that requiredskillful use in order to be...
"Word" translates rhema,which refers to a specificstatement or wording, notto general truth, as doesthe more commonly used...
Our "wielding" ofScripture, as it were,should be as precise,accurate, and appropriateas possible.
No matter how good ourintentions might be, tointerpret or apply apassage thoughtlessly orto quote it out of contextcreates...
It does disservice to theLord and to those we areattempting to instruct. Inorder to present ourselves"approved to God as a...
we must handle"accurately the word oftruth" (2 Timothy 2:15).
Careless use of Scripture,even by the Lords ownpeople, can do greatdamage to the cause ofChrist, as it often has donethrou...
During His wildernessordeal, Jesus responded toeach of Satans temptationswith an accurate andcarefully chosen quotationfro...
As an example for Hisfollowers, He chose toquote divine truth thatalready was recorded inthe Hebrew Scriptures.
Following His pattern,our weapon against thetemptations anddeceptions of the devilshould always be a carefuland precise us...
It then goes withoutsaying that, in order touse Scripture in thateffective way, we mustthoroughly know it andunderstand it.
Empowered by the HolySpirit, we must "let theword of Christ richlydwell within us, with allwisdom"(Colossians 3:16).
The truths of Gods Wordare spiritual wealth thatwe should continually bedepositing into our mindsand hearts.
Like deposits of money inour bank account, thosedeposits of divine truthbecome spiritual assetsthat we can draw onreadily ...
moral choices and whenseeking Gods specific willand guidance for ourlives.
Profitable for:TeachingReproofCorrectionTraining in Righteousness
THE REPROVING      SCRIPTURE“for reproof,” (3:16 c)
A second work of theWord in the life ofbelievers is that ofreproof.
Reproof (elegmos) carriesthe idea of rebuking inorder to convict ofmisbehavior or falsedoctrine.
As with teaching,Scriptures work ofreproof has to do withcontent, with equippingbelievers with accurateknowledge andunders...
truth, in this contextdivine truth that exposesfalsehood and sin,erroneous belief, andungodly conduct.
Elegmos refers to rebuking"another with sucheffectual wielding of thevictorious arm of the truth,as to bring him not alway...
Regular and careful studyof Scripture builds afoundation of truth that,among other things,exposes sin in a believerslife w...
confession, renunciation,and obedience.
Using the same Greekword as Paul does inEphesians 6:17, the writerof Hebrews speaks of theBible as a divine swordthat expo...
"The word of God is livingand active and sharperthan any two-edged sword[machaira], and piercing asfar as the division of ...
and able to judge thethoughts and intentions ofthe heart.And there is no creaturehidden from His sight,but all things are ...
of Him with whom wehave to do" (Heb 4:12-13).Scripture precisely andthoroughly penetrates thebelievers mind, soul, andheart.
Every Christian who hasbeen saved for any lengthof time has experiencedtimes of being sharplyand deeply convicted byreadin...
preached or taught.*Every experiencedChristian also knows thatduring times ofdisobedience he isstrongly tempted toforsake ...
worship and finds thatfellowship with faithfulbelievers becomes lessattractive andcomfortable.
Looked at from theopposite side, decreaseddesire to study GodsWord, to worship Him,and to be with His peopleis reliable ev...
unforsaken sin.*It is for that reason that aBible-teaching, Bible-believing, and Bible-obeying church is never ahaven for ...
As Jesus explained theprinciple to Nicodemus,"Everyone who does evilhates the light, and doesnot come to the light, lesthi...
Scripture has the negativeministry of tearing downand destroying that whichis sinful and false as wellas of building up an...
Just as in medicine,infection andcontamination must beexcised (debridement)before healing can begin.
Reproving thewrongdoing of a Christianbrother is as much ourresponsibility as helpingbuild them up inrighteousness.
Paul says to “be ready inseason and out of season;reprove, rebuke, exhort,with great patience andinstruction"(2 Timothy 4:...
Each believer, as Godsminister, like Gods Word,must reprove sin andfalsehood.
Scripture is the divineplumb line by whichevery thought, principle,act, and beliefis to be measured.
We are to “examine theScriptures daily, to seewhether these things wereso" (Acts 17:11).
"From Thy precepts I getunderstanding,therefore I hate every falseway. Thy word is a lampto my feet, and a light tomy path...
Gods Word steers usaway from sin and towardrighteousness.
When we are constrainedby Gods Word to reprovea sinning brother or sister,we should do so inhumility and love.
That always was Paulspractice."I do not write thesethings to shame you," hetold immature anddisobedient believers inCorint...
you as my belovedchildren" (1 Cor 4:14).If the holy Lord obligatesHimself to reprove anddiscipline His disobedientchildren...
are His children obligatedto reprove each other inlove.
It is just as important,although more difficult, tobe gracious when wereceive reproof, whetherdirectly by Gods Word orfrom...
Every believer should beas grateful for thereproving work of theWord as for itsencouragement.
It is impossible togenuinely seekrighteousness and truth ifwe do not hate andrenounce sin andfalsehood.
Proverbs 27:6 NASB6 “Faithful arethe wounds of a friend,But deceitful arethe kisses of an enemy.”
Proverbs 18:24b NASB“There is a Friend Whosticks closer than abrother.”
Your best Friend is theOne Who will tell you themost Truth!
Profitable for:TeachingReproofCorrectionTraining in Righteousness
THE CORRECTING    SCRIPTURE“for correction,” (3:16 d)
Correction (epanorthosis)is used only here in theNew Testament and refersto the restoration ofsomething to its originaland...
In secular Greek literatureit was used of settingupright an object that hadfallen down and ofhelping a person back onhis f...
After exposing andcondemning false beliefand sinful conduct inbelievers, Scripture thenbuilds them up throughits divine co...
Correction is Scripturespositive provision forthose who accept itsnegative reproof.
Perhaps the mostextensive praise of GodsWord in all of Scripture isfound in Ps 119.
Among the many well-known verses in thatbeautiful tribute to Godand His Word, theunknown psalmist wrote,"How can a young m...
By keeping it according toThy word. With all myheart I have sought Thee;do not let me wanderfrom Thycommandments. Thyword ...
my heart, that I may notsin against Thee"(Psalm 119:9-11).
"If we confess our sins," theLord assures us throughJohn, "He is faithful andrighteous to forgive us oursins and to cleans...
"And now I commendyou to God and to theword of His grace," Paultold the Ephesian elders,"which is able to buildyou up and ...
those who are sanctified"(Acts 20:32).
When submitted to theLords marvelous grace,our areas of greatestweakness can, throughcorrection, become areasof greatest s...
Shortly before His arrestand crucifixion, Jesus toldthe disciples,"I am the true vine, andMy Father is thevinedresser. Eve...
fruit, He takes away; andevery branch that bearsfruit, He prunes it, that itmay bear more fruit"(John 15:1-2).
In order to make Hispeople obedient, useful,and effective in Hisservice, the Lord has totrim away not only thingsthat are ...
He may take away thingsthat are perfectly good inthemselves, even thingsthat seem necessary, butwhich He knows are ahindra...
*They can sap time,attention, and effort awayfrom the work He has forus to do.*Like His discipline, thisprocess sometimes ...
be joyful, but sorrowful,"but also like discipline, "tothose who have beentrained by it" the Lordswise and graciouscroppin...
yields the peaceful fruit ofrighteousness"(Hebrews 12:11).
As with reproof, godlybelievers, are often thechannel through whichthe Word bringscorrection.
Earlier in this letter, Paulreminded Timothy that"the Lords bond-servantmust not be quarrelsome,but be kind to all, able t...
correcting those who arein opposition, if perhapsGod may grant themrepentance leading to theknowledge of the truth"(2 Timo...
In his letter to believers inGalatia, the apostle givessimilar counsel: "Brethren,even if a man is caught inany trespass, ...
spirit of gentleness; eachone looking to yourself,lest you too be tempted"(Galatians 6:1).
Despite the dreadfulcalamities with which Godallowed him to be afflicted,Job affirmed to his friendEliphaz that "he who ha...
Profitable for:TeachingReproofCorrectionTraining inRighteousness
THE SCRIPTURE THATTRAINS FORRIGHTEOUSNESS“for training inrighteousness;“(2 Timothy 3:16e)
Training translatespaideia, which had theoriginal meaning ofbringing up and training achild (paidion), but itcame to be us...
It also is rendered"correcting"(2 Timothy 2:25) and"discipline"(Ephesians 6:4;Hebrews 12:5,7,11).
In the context of verses 16-17, it clearly refers totraining in the broaderand probably morepositive sense, since thenegat...
It is directed at the ideasof instruction andbuilding up. Until theLord takes us to be withHimself, His Word is tocontinue...
As with teaching, reproof,and correction, godlybelievers are instrumentsthrough which Scriptureprovides training forGods p...
After reminding Timothythat "everything createdby God is good, andnothing is to be rejected, ifit is received withgratitud...
word of God and prayer"(1 Timothy 4:4-5), Paulassured him that "inpointing out these thingsto the brethren, you willbe a g...
nourished on the words ofthe faith and of the sounddoctrine which you havebeen following" (v.6).
And just as milknourishes a baby in waysit does not understand, soGods Word nourishes usin ways we often do notunderstand.
1 Peter 1:23-25 says:"You have been bornagain not of seed which isperishable butimperishable, that is,through the living a...
For, All flesh is like grass,and all its glory like theflower of grass. The grasswithers, and the flowerfalls off, but the...
And this is the wordwhich was preached toyou" (1 Peter 1:23-25).
No matter how deep ourunderstanding ofScripture may be, we stillshould be able to affirmwith the psalmist,
"As the deer pants for thewater brooks, so my soulpants for Thee, O God"(Psalm 42:1).
We should rejoice withPaul that "we all, withunveiled face beholdingas in a mirror the glory ofthe Lord, are beingtransfor...
just as from the Lord, theSpirit"(2 Corinthians 3:18).
2 Timothy 3:17 NASB
THE ENABLINGSCRIPTURE2 Timothy 3:17“that the man of God maybe adequate, equipped forevery good work.” (3:17)
*The Bible can be of greatvalue to an unbeliever.*Most importantly it willlead to salvation thosewho come to trust in theS...
Believers are able, withthe Spirits guidance, tounderstand and toproclaim the truths ofGods Word.
Adequate (artios) refers topersons who are capable,complete, and proficientin everything they arecalled to be or do.
*In Christ "you have beenmade complete," Paul tellsColossian believers(Colossians 2:10).
His followers whocarefully study, sincerelybelieve and who obey thetruths of Scripture willstand strong in living andin de...
Equipped for every goodwork could beparaphrased, "enabled tomeet all demands ofrighteousness."
The man who is adequatewill affirm the power ofthe Word to lead men tosalvation and to equipthem for righteous livingand f...
When the man of God ishimself equipped by theWord, he can then equipthe believers under hisinfluence.You can’t lead someon...
Just as "we are the Lordsworkmanship," Paulexplains, we also shouldbe doing His work.
We are "created in ChristJesus for good works,which God preparedbeforehand, that weshould walk in them"(Ephesians 2:10).
Christ says to all thosewho belong to Him"We must work the worksof Him Who sent Me, aslong as it is day; night iscoming, w...
Whether our purpose is tolead men and women tosaving faith in JesusChrist, to teach Godstruth to believers, torefute error...
erring believers, or totrain believers to liverighteously, our supremeand sufficient resource isGods Word.
It not only gives us theinformation to teach butalso shapes us into livingexamples of that truth.
Every church, everywhereand in every time, shouldbe totally committed topreaching, teaching, andimplementing the Word,ther...
sovereign God Who hasrevealed it.
Through the convincingand convicting power ofthe Holy Spirit, Scriptureis Gods own provision forevery spiritual truth andm...
to be equipped to liverighteously in this presentlife and to hear one day inthe life to come, "Well done,good and faithful...
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03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
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03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17
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03 March 3, 2013, 2 Timothy 2;15 And 3;16-17

  1. 1. MARCH MEMORYVERSE:Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV“Trust in the Lord with allyour heart, and do notrely on your ownunderstanding;
  2. 2. think about Him in allyour ways, and He willguide you on the rightpaths.”  Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
  3. 3. Last week: HOW TO BE A GOOD SOLDIER IN GOD’S ARMY2 Timothy 2:3-4 NASB
  4. 4. 2 Timothy 2:3-4 NASB3 “Suffer hardship withme, as a good soldierof Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier in activeservice entangles himselfin the affairs of everyday
  5. 5. life, so that he may pleasethe One Who enlisted himas a soldier.” 
  6. 6. The MacArthur NewTestament Commentary,Copyright © Moody Pressand John MacArthur, Jr.,1983-2007.
  7. 7. Today’s texts:2 Timothy 2:152 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB
  8. 8. “Study to shew thyselfapproved unto God, aworkman that needethnot to be ashamed, rightlydividing the word oftruth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
  9. 9. 2 Timothy 2:15 NASB15 “Be diligent to presentyourself approved to Godas a workman who doesnot need to be ashamed,accurately handling theword of truth.” 
  10. 10. Be diligent (spoudazo)carries the idea of havingzealous persistence toaccomplish a particularobjective.*Matthew 22:37-39
  11. 11. The diligent believer givesmaximum effort to impartGods truth as completely,as clearly, and asunambiguously aspossible.Are we giving the MAX?
  12. 12. The purpose of thatdiligence is not to pleaseothers, and certainly notto please oneself, but topresent yourself approvedto God.
  13. 13. To present yourself(paristemi) literally meansto stand alongside of.
  14. 14. The idea in this passage isthat of standing alongsideof or before God, ofpresenting oneself forinspection, as it were, inorder to be approved byHim.
  15. 15. Approved (dokimos)refers to favorably passingcareful scrutiny andthereby being countedworthy (fit for service).
  16. 16. Dokimos (approved) isthe word used for a stonewhich is fit to be fittedinto its place in a building.
  17. 17. A stone with a flaw in itwas marked with a capitalA, standing foradokimastos which meanstested and found wanting(not approved).
  18. 18. The supreme purpose ofthe diligent and selflessbeliever is to please God."For am I now seeking thefavor of men, or of God?"Paul asked Galatianbelievers.
  19. 19. "Or am I striving to pleasemen? If I were still tryingto please men, I wouldnot be a bond-servant ofChrist" (Galatians 1:10).
  20. 20. Every Christian should beable to say, "Just as wehave been approved byGod to be entrusted withthe Gospel, so we speak,not as pleasing men butGod, Who examines our
  21. 21. hearts" (1 Thess 2:4).*Our greatest desire is tohear our Master say,"Well done, good andfaithful servant"(Matthew 25:21).
  22. 22. Such a follower of Christis a workman who doesnot need to be ashamed.
  23. 23. Anyone who ignores,misrepresents,misinterprets, or detractsfrom Gods truth byadding to it or taking awayfrom it (Rev 22:18-19) hasreason to be ashamed.
  24. 24.  1 John 2:28 NASB28 “Abide in Him, so thatwhen He appears, wemay have confidenceand not shrink away fromHim in shame atHis coming.”
  25. 25. Rightly divide(orthotomein) is a wordpicture of a mason incutting and squaring astone so that it is fittedinto its correct place in thestructure of the building.
  26. 26. So the man who rightlydivides the word of truth,takes each section of thetruth, and fits it into itscorrect position, as amason does a stone,allowing no part to usurp
  27. 27. an undue place and soknock the whole structureout of balance.*Metaphorically, it wasused of carefullyperforming any task.
  28. 28. Because Paul was atentmaker by trade (Acts18:3), he may have had inmind the careful, straightcutting and sewing of themany pieces of leathernecessary to make a tent.
  29. 29. “Study to shew thyselfapproved unto God, aworkman that needethnot to be ashamed, rightlydividing the word oftruth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
  30. 30. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB
  31. 31. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB16 “All Scriptureis inspired by God andprofitable for teaching, forreproof, for correction,for training inrighteousness;
  32. 32.  17 so that the man of Godmay be adequate,equipped for every goodwork.”2 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB
  33. 33. *Scripture that givessalvation must be inspiredby God.*The words of men couldnever transform the innerperson (Psalm 19:7).
  34. 34. METS(Medical EvangelismTraining Strategies)“If a life hasn’t beenchanged, then nothing hasbeen changed.”
  35. 35. Psalm 19:7 NASB7 “The law of the Lord isperfect, restoring thesoul;”
  36. 36. *All Scripture is Godsinerrant Word.*Theopneustos (inspiredby God) literally means,"breathed out by God," or"God-breathed."
  37. 37. God sometimes breathedHis words into the humanwriters to be recordedmuch as dictation. He saidto Jeremiah: "Behold, Ihave put My words inyour mouth“ (Jer 1:9).
  38. 38. But, as clearly seen inScripture itself, Godsdivine truth more oftenflowed through thehearts, minds, souls, andemotions of His chosenhuman instruments.
  39. 39. In a supernatural way, Hehas provided His divineWord in human wordsthat any person, even achild, can be led by HisHoly Spirit to understandsufficiently to be saved.
  40. 40. It is of utmost importanceto understand that it isScripture that is inspiredby God, not the mendivinely chosen to recordit.
  41. 41. When speaking or writingapart from Godsrevelation, their thoughts,wisdom, andunderstanding werehuman and fallible.
  42. 42. Many human authors ofScripture penned otherdocuments, but none ofthose writings exist today,and, even if discovered,they would not carry theweight of Scripture.
  43. 43. Paul wrote at least twoother letters to the churchat Corinth (1 Cor 5:9;2 Cor 2:4), but no copies ofthose letters have everbeen found.
  44. 44. The letters doubtless weregodly, spirituallyinsightful, and blessed ofthe Lord, but they werenot Scripture.
  45. 45. Many men who wroteScripture (Moses) werehighly trained in humanknowledge and wisdom,but that was not theSource of the divine truththey recorded.
  46. 46. Scripture first of all andabove all is from God andabout God, His self-revelation to fallenmankind.
  47. 47. From Genesis throughRevelation, God revealsHis truth, His character,His attributes, andHis divine plan for theredemption of man,whom He made in His
  48. 48. own image.*The Bible is not acollection of the wisdomand insights of men, evenof godly men.*It is Gods truth, His ownWord in His own words.
  49. 49. The psalmist declared,"Forever, O Lord, Thyword is settled in Heaven"(Psalm 119:89).
  50. 50. *Gods Word is divinelyrevealed to men on earthand divinelyauthenticated in Heaven.*Peter declaresunequivocally, "Know thisfirst of all, that no
  51. 51. prophecy of Scripture is amatter of ones owninterpretation, for noprophecy was ever madeby an act of human will,but men moved by theHoly Spirit spoke from
  52. 52. God" (2 Peter 1:20-21).*Those God-given,humanly recorded wordsbecame Gods writtenWord, inerrant andauthoritative as originallygiven.
  53. 53. "Interpretation" (2 Peter1:20 b) translatesepilusis, which refers tosomething that isreleased, sent out, or sentforth (origin).
  54. 54. *In this verse the Greeknoun is indicating origin.*No message of Scripturewas originated and sentforth by mens ownwisdom and will.
  55. 55. Rather, the godly menthrough whom Scripturewas revealed andrecorded were divinelyinstructed and carriedalong by the Holy Spirit.
  56. 56. Within the Bible itself,"God" and "Scripture" aresometimes used almostinterchangeably.
  57. 57. THE INSPIRED ANDINERRANT SCRIPTURE
  58. 58. *Scripture is inspired andinerrant in bothtestaments.*All Scripture refers to theNew as well as to the OldTestament.
  59. 59. The hieros grammata("sacred writings") werethe Hebrew Scriptures(the Old Testament),which Timothy had beentaught from childhood(2 Timothy 3:15).
  60. 60. Graphe (Scripture), on theother hand, wascommonly used in theearly church not only ofthe Old Testament butalso of Gods newlyrevealed Word, in what
  61. 61. came to be called the NewTestament.*In 1 Timothy, Paul wrote,"The Scripture [graphe]says, You shall notmuzzle the ox while he isthreshing,
  62. 62. and The laborer is worthyof his wages"(1 Tim 5:18).*It is important to notethat the first quotation isfrom the Old Testament(Deut 25:4) and that thesecond is from Jesus own
  63. 63. lips (Luke 10:7), that is,from the New Testament.*The Pentateuch (the firstfive books of the OldTestament) contains atleast 680 claims to divineinspiration.
  64. 64. The New Testamentcontains more than 300direct quotations and atleast 1,000 indirectreferences from the OldTestament, almost all ofthem declaring or
  65. 65. implying that they wereGods own Word.*The book of Hebrewsopens with the declaration"God, after He spoke longago to the fathers in theprophets in many
  66. 66. portions and in manyways, in these last dayshas spoken to us in HisSon" (Hebrews 1:1-2).*The writer was speakingof both testaments, Godsspeaking through "the
  67. 67. prophets" representingthe Old and His speakingthrough "His Son"representing the NewTestament.
  68. 68. Paul assured the churchesin Galatia:"I would have you know,brethren, that the Gospelwhich was preached byme is not according toman.
  69. 69. For I neither received itfrom man, nor was Itaught it, but I received itthrough a revelation ofJesus Christ.He Who had set me apart,even from my mothers
  70. 70. womb, . . . called methrough His grace, andwas pleased to reveal HisSon in me, that I mightpreach Him among theGentiles"(Galatians 1:11-12,15-16).
  71. 71. And to the church atThessalonica he wrote,"For this reason we alsoconstantly thank God thatwhen you received fromus the word of Godsmessage, you accepted it
  72. 72. not as the word of men,but for what it really is,the word of God, whichalso performs its work inyou who believe"(1 Thessalonians 2:13).
  73. 73. Together, the Biblicalwriters make some 4,000claims to be writing GodsWord, not their ownwords.
  74. 74. For a person to deny thatall of the Bible is inspired,to “choose” whichportions they think areinspired is known as“cherry picking”.
  75. 75. Such denial places man asjudge over Gods Word,acknowledging asauthentic and bindingonly those portions whichcorrespond to onespersonal predispositions.
  76. 76. *Personal predispositionsare based on subjective,sin-tainted, and imperfectknowledge.*When men decide forthemselves what torecognize as true and
  77. 77. worthwhile, asmeaningful and relevant,they vitiate (destroy,corrupt) all authority ofScripture and theyattempt to judge Godsdivine truth by the
  78. 78. standards of mans sinfulinclinations and distortedperceptions.*As Paul said to Titus, thecommandments of menturn people away fromGods truth (Titus 1:14).
  79. 79. Through the centuries,some scholars havepointed to "mistakes" inthe Bible, statementsabout people, places, andthings that did not jibewith the accepted "facts"
  80. 80. of history, archaeology, ormodern science.
  81. 81. BIBLE SAID THE STARSCANNOT BENUMBERED, MORETHAN 2500 YEARS AGO-INNUMERABLE(Jer. 33:22).
  82. 82. • In Genesis 15:5 (morethan 2500 years ago) theBible stated that the starscannot be numbered.*Yet early scientiststhought that they couldcount the stars.
  83. 83. In 150 AD, Ptolomycounted 1056 stars andannounced that therecould not possibly bemore than 3000.
  84. 84. In 1608 AD, Galileoannounced that stars areinnumerable after hisobservations with atelescope.
  85. 85. There are between 100billion and 400 billion(1-4X10 to the 11th power)stars in our galaxy alone.
  86. 86. If these stars were countedaround the clock at onestar per second, then itwould take between 3000years to 12,000 years just tocount the stars in ourMilky Way
  87. 87. galaxy.*Add to this the fact thatthere are at least 100billion galaxies!
  88. 88. Jeremiah 33:22 NASB22  “As the host of heavencannot be counted…”
  89. 89. *They think that thediameter of the universeis 93 billion light years. 
  90. 90. Profitable
  91. 91. The second predicateadjective Paul uses todescribe Scripture isprofitable, which focuseson the sufficiency of Godswritten Word.
  92. 92. Profitable translatesophelimos, whichincludes the ideas ofbeneficial, productive,and sufficient.
  93. 93. *Scripture is sufficient in beingcomprehensive.*Psalm 119 and Joshua 1:8 bothsupremely affirm the absolutesufficiency of Scripture to meetall the spiritual needs of Godspeople.
  94. 94. King David understoodthe sufficiency of GodsWord, and in one of hismost uplifting Psalms heexulted: Psalm 19:7-13“The law of the Lord isperfect, restoring the soul;
  95. 95. the testimony of the Lordis sure, making wise thesimple.The precepts of the Lordare right, rejoicing theheart; the commandmentof the Lord is pure,
  96. 96. enlightening the eyes.The fear of the Lord isclean, enduring forever;the judgments of the Lordare true; they arerighteous altogether.
  97. 97. They are more desirablethan gold, yes, than muchfine gold; sweeter alsothan honey and thedrippings of thehoneycomb.
  98. 98. Moreover, by them Thyservant is warned; inkeeping them there isgreat reward.Who can discern hiserrors? Acquit me ofhidden faults.
  99. 99. Also keep back Thyservant frompresumptuous sins;let them not rule over me;then I shall be blameless,and I shall be acquitted ofgreat transgression.” Ps 19
  100. 100. It is a marvelous mark ofGods loving grace thatHe has given us everytruth, every principle,every standard, and everywarning that we will everneed for living out our
  101. 101. salvation according to Hiswill.
  102. 102. John closes the book ofRevelation (22:18-19), aswell as the entire Old andNew Testaments, withthis sobering warningfrom the Lord:
  103. 103. "I testify to everyone whohears the words of theprophecy of this book: ifanyone adds to them, Godshall add to him theplagues which are writtenin this book; and if anyone
  104. 104. takes away from thewords of the book of thisprophecy, God shall takeaway his part from thetree of life and from theholy city, which are writtenin this book.” Rev 22
  105. 105. Bible MathematicsWe are not to add to theBible,nor to subtract from it,but to rightly divide it.
  106. 106. False religious systemsthat claim to be Christianinvariably expose theirfalsehood by their view ofScripture.
  107. 107. Mormonism considersThe Book of Mormon tobe as divinely inspiredand authoritative as theBible, in fact more so,because they view thatbook as being a latter-day,
  108. 108. updated revelation fromGod.
  109. 109. Some charismatics claimto have received specialrevelations from God,which, if genuine, wouldcarry the same divineauthority as the Bible.
  110. 110. It is because of suchdistorted and destructiveviews of Scripture withinprofessing Christendomthat biblical believersmust, more than everbefore, "contend earnestly
  111. 111. for the faith which wasonce for all delivered tothe saints" (Jude 3).*As in the early church,the greatest danger to thechurch has always beenfrom within.
  112. 112. Paul warned the godly,mature church atEphesus, "I know thatafter my departure savagewolves will come inamong you, not sparingthe flock; and from among
  113. 113. Your own selves men willarise, speaking perversethings, to draw away thedisciples after them"(Acts 20:29-30).
  114. 114. Paul declares in verse 16that Scripture is profitablefor believers in fourimportant ways:for teaching, for reproof,for correction, for trainingin righteousness.
  115. 115. Profitable for:TeachingReproofCorrectionTraining in Righteousness
  116. 116. THE TEACHINGSCRIPTURE“for teaching,” (3:16 b)Didaskalia refersspecifically andexclusively to divineinstruction, or doctrine,
  117. 117. given to believers throughGods Word, whichincluded not only theHebrew Scriptures (OldTestament) and theteaching of Jesus duringHis incarnation but also
  118. 118. the inspired teaching ofthe apostles and NewTestament authors.
  119. 119. Didaskalia -instruction: doctrine,learning, teaching.properly applied-teaching; Christiandoctrine (teaching) as itespecially extends to its
  120. 120. necessary lifestyle(applications).didactic Greek didaktikos
  121. 121. 1 John 2:27-28 NASB27 “As for you, theanointing which youreceived from Him abidesin you, and you have noneed for anyone to teachyou;
  122. 122. but as His anointingteaches you about allthings, and is true and isnot a lie, and just as it hastaught you, you abide inHim.
  123. 123. 28 Now, little children,abide in Him, so thatwhen He appears, wemay have confidenceand not shrink away fromHim in shame atHis coming.” 1 John 2
  124. 124. When it comes to godlyliving and godly service,to growing in "thediscipline and instructionof the Lord" (Eph 6:4),God-breathed Scriptureprovides for us the
  125. 125. comprehensive andcomplete body of divinetruth necessary to live asour heavenly Fatherdesires for us to live.
  126. 126. The wisdom andguidance for fulfillingeverything He commandsus to believe, think, say,and do is found in Hisinerrant, authoritative,comprehensive, and
  127. 127. completed Word.
  128. 128. Even after conversion,trust in ones own wisdomis a severe hindrance tocorrect understanding ofScripture and to fullusefulness in the Lordsservice.
  129. 129. The counsel to "trust inthe Lord with all yourheart, and do not lean onyour own understanding"(Proverbs 3:5) is every bitas valid for Christians asit was for O T saints.
  130. 130. Tragically, some of themost Biblically illiteratebelievers in our day livein lands where GodsWord is readily availableand where Scripturalpreaching, teaching, and
  131. 131. literature are abundant.
  132. 132. It is impossible to believe,understand, and followwhat you do not evenknow.
  133. 133. It is completely futile, aswell as foolish, to expectto live a spiritual lifewithout knowing spiritualtruth.
  134. 134. *Biblically untaughtbelievers, especially thosein biblically untaughtchurches, are easy preyfor false teachers.*They are spiritual"children, tossed here and
  135. 135. there by waves, andcarried about by everywind of doctrine, by thetrickery of men, bycraftiness in deceitfulscheming"(Ephesians 4:14).
  136. 136. Throughout most ofredemptive history, Godcould have said what Hesaid in Hoseas day: "Mypeople are destroyed forlack of knowledge"(Hosea 4:6).
  137. 137. It is for that reason, aswell as for the evengreater reason ofhonoring the Lord, thatregular, systematic, andthorough study of thedoctrine in Gods Word is
  138. 138. imperative for Godspeople.*We not only are to guardwhat we know butsincerely seek to learnmore of Godsinexhaustible truth.
  139. 139. We should pray with Job,"Teach Thou me what I donot see" (Job 34:32).*That dauntless man ofGod had lost his children,his servants, his flocks, hishealth, and even his
  140. 140. reputation.*He was wholly unable tosee why God permittedthose calamities to comeupon him, and hetherefore wanted the Lordto teach him whatever he
  141. 141. needed to learn in orderto endure his painfulexistence and to profitfrom it spiritually.
  142. 142. On a trip from Greeceback to Jerusalem, Paulreminded the Ephesianelders, many of whomhad ministered both withhim and with Timothy,
  143. 143. "You yourselves know,from the first day that Iset foot in Asia, . . . how Idid not shrink fromdeclaring to you anythingthat was profitable, andteaching you publicly and
  144. 144. from house to house,solemnly testifying toboth Jews and Greeks ofrepentance toward Godand faith in our LordJesus Christ.
  145. 145. For I did not shrink fromdeclaring to you thewhole purpose of God"(Acts 20:18,20-21,27).
  146. 146. Both the first and lastpieces of spiritual armorthat Paul mentions in hisletter to believers atEphesus pertain toScripture.
  147. 147. "Stand firm therefore," hesays, "having girded yourloins with truth."*Then, after putting on the"breastplate ofrighteousness," shoddingour feet with "the Gospel
  148. 148. of peace, "taking up theshield of faith," anddonning "the helmet ofsalvation," we are to equipourselves with the onlyoffensive implementmentioned here —
  149. 149. "the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God"(Ephesians 6:14-17).
  150. 150. Machaira ("sword") refersto a short sword, ordagger, a weapon used inclose combat that requiredskillful use in order to beeffective.
  151. 151. "Word" translates rhema,which refers to a specificstatement or wording, notto general truth, as doesthe more commonly usedlogos.
  152. 152. Our "wielding" ofScripture, as it were,should be as precise,accurate, and appropriateas possible.
  153. 153. No matter how good ourintentions might be, tointerpret or apply apassage thoughtlessly orto quote it out of contextcreates confusion anduncertainty.
  154. 154. It does disservice to theLord and to those we areattempting to instruct. Inorder to present ourselves"approved to God as aworkman who does notneed to be ashamed,"
  155. 155. we must handle"accurately the word oftruth" (2 Timothy 2:15).
  156. 156. Careless use of Scripture,even by the Lords ownpeople, can do greatdamage to the cause ofChrist, as it often has donethroughout churchhistory.
  157. 157. During His wildernessordeal, Jesus responded toeach of Satans temptationswith an accurate andcarefully chosen quotationfrom Scripture(see Matthew 4:3-10).
  158. 158. As an example for Hisfollowers, He chose toquote divine truth thatalready was recorded inthe Hebrew Scriptures.
  159. 159. Following His pattern,our weapon against thetemptations anddeceptions of the devilshould always be a carefuland precise use of Godsrevealed Word.
  160. 160. It then goes withoutsaying that, in order touse Scripture in thateffective way, we mustthoroughly know it andunderstand it.
  161. 161. Empowered by the HolySpirit, we must "let theword of Christ richlydwell within us, with allwisdom"(Colossians 3:16).
  162. 162. The truths of Gods Wordare spiritual wealth thatwe should continually bedepositing into our mindsand hearts.
  163. 163. Like deposits of money inour bank account, thosedeposits of divine truthbecome spiritual assetsthat we can draw onreadily when confrontingtemptation, when making
  164. 164. moral choices and whenseeking Gods specific willand guidance for ourlives.
  165. 165. Profitable for:TeachingReproofCorrectionTraining in Righteousness
  166. 166. THE REPROVING SCRIPTURE“for reproof,” (3:16 c)
  167. 167. A second work of theWord in the life ofbelievers is that ofreproof.
  168. 168. Reproof (elegmos) carriesthe idea of rebuking inorder to convict ofmisbehavior or falsedoctrine.
  169. 169. As with teaching,Scriptures work ofreproof has to do withcontent, with equippingbelievers with accurateknowledge andunderstanding of divine
  170. 170. truth, in this contextdivine truth that exposesfalsehood and sin,erroneous belief, andungodly conduct.
  171. 171. Elegmos refers to rebuking"another with sucheffectual wielding of thevictorious arm of the truth,as to bring him not alwaysto a confession, yet at leastto a conviction of his sin."
  172. 172. Regular and careful studyof Scripture builds afoundation of truth that,among other things,exposes sin in a believerslife with the purpose ofbringing correction,
  173. 173. confession, renunciation,and obedience.
  174. 174. Using the same Greekword as Paul does inEphesians 6:17, the writerof Hebrews speaks of theBible as a divine swordthat exposes sin in abelievers life.
  175. 175. "The word of God is livingand active and sharperthan any two-edged sword[machaira], and piercing asfar as the division of souland spirit, of both jointsand marrow,
  176. 176. and able to judge thethoughts and intentions ofthe heart.And there is no creaturehidden from His sight,but all things are openand laid bare to the eyes
  177. 177. of Him with whom wehave to do" (Heb 4:12-13).Scripture precisely andthoroughly penetrates thebelievers mind, soul, andheart.
  178. 178. Every Christian who hasbeen saved for any lengthof time has experiencedtimes of being sharplyand deeply convicted byreading a particular Biblepassage or hearing it
  179. 179. preached or taught.*Every experiencedChristian also knows thatduring times ofdisobedience he isstrongly tempted toforsake Bible study and
  180. 180. worship and finds thatfellowship with faithfulbelievers becomes lessattractive andcomfortable.
  181. 181. Looked at from theopposite side, decreaseddesire to study GodsWord, to worship Him,and to be with His peopleis reliable evidence ofunconfessed and
  182. 182. unforsaken sin.*It is for that reason that aBible-teaching, Bible-believing, and Bible-obeying church is never ahaven for persistentsinners.
  183. 183. As Jesus explained theprinciple to Nicodemus,"Everyone who does evilhates the light, and doesnot come to the light, lesthis deeds should beexposed" (John 3:20).
  184. 184. Scripture has the negativeministry of tearing downand destroying that whichis sinful and false as wellas of building up andimproving that which isrighteous and true.
  185. 185. Just as in medicine,infection andcontamination must beexcised (debridement)before healing can begin.
  186. 186. Reproving thewrongdoing of a Christianbrother is as much ourresponsibility as helpingbuild them up inrighteousness.
  187. 187. Paul says to “be ready inseason and out of season;reprove, rebuke, exhort,with great patience andinstruction"(2 Timothy 4:2).
  188. 188. Each believer, as Godsminister, like Gods Word,must reprove sin andfalsehood.
  189. 189. Scripture is the divineplumb line by whichevery thought, principle,act, and beliefis to be measured.
  190. 190. We are to “examine theScriptures daily, to seewhether these things wereso" (Acts 17:11).
  191. 191. "From Thy precepts I getunderstanding,therefore I hate every falseway. Thy word is a lampto my feet, and a light tomy path"(Psalm 119:104-105).
  192. 192. Gods Word steers usaway from sin and towardrighteousness.
  193. 193. When we are constrainedby Gods Word to reprovea sinning brother or sister,we should do so inhumility and love.
  194. 194. That always was Paulspractice."I do not write thesethings to shame you," hetold immature anddisobedient believers inCorinth, "but to admonish
  195. 195. you as my belovedchildren" (1 Cor 4:14).If the holy Lord obligatesHimself to reprove anddiscipline His disobedientchildren in love (Hebrews12:5-11), how much more
  196. 196. are His children obligatedto reprove each other inlove.
  197. 197. It is just as important,although more difficult, tobe gracious when wereceive reproof, whetherdirectly by Gods Word orfrom other believers whocall us to biblical account.
  198. 198. Every believer should beas grateful for thereproving work of theWord as for itsencouragement.
  199. 199. It is impossible togenuinely seekrighteousness and truth ifwe do not hate andrenounce sin andfalsehood.
  200. 200. Proverbs 27:6 NASB6 “Faithful arethe wounds of a friend,But deceitful arethe kisses of an enemy.”
  201. 201. Proverbs 18:24b NASB“There is a Friend Whosticks closer than abrother.”
  202. 202. Your best Friend is theOne Who will tell you themost Truth!
  203. 203. Profitable for:TeachingReproofCorrectionTraining in Righteousness
  204. 204. THE CORRECTING SCRIPTURE“for correction,” (3:16 d)
  205. 205. Correction (epanorthosis)is used only here in theNew Testament and refersto the restoration ofsomething to its originaland proper condition.
  206. 206. In secular Greek literatureit was used of settingupright an object that hadfallen down and ofhelping a person back onhis feet after stumbling.
  207. 207. After exposing andcondemning false beliefand sinful conduct inbelievers, Scripture thenbuilds them up throughits divine correction.
  208. 208. Correction is Scripturespositive provision forthose who accept itsnegative reproof.
  209. 209. Perhaps the mostextensive praise of GodsWord in all of Scripture isfound in Ps 119.
  210. 210. Among the many well-known verses in thatbeautiful tribute to Godand His Word, theunknown psalmist wrote,"How can a young mankeep his way pure?
  211. 211. By keeping it according toThy word. With all myheart I have sought Thee;do not let me wanderfrom Thycommandments. Thyword I have treasured in
  212. 212. my heart, that I may notsin against Thee"(Psalm 119:9-11).
  213. 213. "If we confess our sins," theLord assures us throughJohn, "He is faithful andrighteous to forgive us oursins and to cleanse us fromall unrighteousness"(1 John 1:9).
  214. 214. "And now I commendyou to God and to theword of His grace," Paultold the Ephesian elders,"which is able to buildyou up and to give youthe inheritance among all
  215. 215. those who are sanctified"(Acts 20:32).
  216. 216. When submitted to theLords marvelous grace,our areas of greatestweakness can, throughcorrection, become areasof greatest strength.
  217. 217. Shortly before His arrestand crucifixion, Jesus toldthe disciples,"I am the true vine, andMy Father is thevinedresser. Every branchin Me that does not bear
  218. 218. fruit, He takes away; andevery branch that bearsfruit, He prunes it, that itmay bear more fruit"(John 15:1-2).
  219. 219. In order to make Hispeople obedient, useful,and effective in Hisservice, the Lord has totrim away not only thingsthat are sinful but alsothings that are useless.
  220. 220. He may take away thingsthat are perfectly good inthemselves, even thingsthat seem necessary, butwhich He knows are ahindrance to our spiritualgrowth and service.
  221. 221. *They can sap time,attention, and effort awayfrom the work He has forus to do.*Like His discipline, thisprocess sometimes "forthe moment seems not to
  222. 222. be joyful, but sorrowful,"but also like discipline, "tothose who have beentrained by it" the Lordswise and graciouscropping of superfluousbranches "afterwards . . .
  223. 223. yields the peaceful fruit ofrighteousness"(Hebrews 12:11).
  224. 224. As with reproof, godlybelievers, are often thechannel through whichthe Word bringscorrection.
  225. 225. Earlier in this letter, Paulreminded Timothy that"the Lords bond-servantmust not be quarrelsome,but be kind to all, able toteach, patient whenwronged, with gentleness
  226. 226. correcting those who arein opposition, if perhapsGod may grant themrepentance leading to theknowledge of the truth"(2 Timothy 2:24-25).
  227. 227. In his letter to believers inGalatia, the apostle givessimilar counsel: "Brethren,even if a man is caught inany trespass, you who arespiritual, restore such aone in a
  228. 228. spirit of gentleness; eachone looking to yourself,lest you too be tempted"(Galatians 6:1).
  229. 229. Despite the dreadfulcalamities with which Godallowed him to be afflicted,Job affirmed to his friendEliphaz that "he who hasclean hands shall growstronger and stronger“.
  230. 230. Profitable for:TeachingReproofCorrectionTraining inRighteousness
  231. 231. THE SCRIPTURE THATTRAINS FORRIGHTEOUSNESS“for training inrighteousness;“(2 Timothy 3:16e)
  232. 232. Training translatespaideia, which had theoriginal meaning ofbringing up and training achild (paidion), but itcame to be used of anysort of training.
  233. 233. It also is rendered"correcting"(2 Timothy 2:25) and"discipline"(Ephesians 6:4;Hebrews 12:5,7,11).
  234. 234. In the context of verses 16-17, it clearly refers totraining in the broaderand probably morepositive sense, since thenegatives are covered byreproof.
  235. 235. It is directed at the ideasof instruction andbuilding up. Until theLord takes us to be withHimself, His Word is tocontinue training us inrighteousness.
  236. 236. As with teaching, reproof,and correction, godlybelievers are instrumentsthrough which Scriptureprovides training forGods people.
  237. 237. After reminding Timothythat "everything createdby God is good, andnothing is to be rejected, ifit is received withgratitude; for it issanctified by means of the
  238. 238. word of God and prayer"(1 Timothy 4:4-5), Paulassured him that "inpointing out these thingsto the brethren, you willbe a good servant ofChrist Jesus, constantly
  239. 239. nourished on the words ofthe faith and of the sounddoctrine which you havebeen following" (v.6).
  240. 240. And just as milknourishes a baby in waysit does not understand, soGods Word nourishes usin ways we often do notunderstand.
  241. 241. 1 Peter 1:23-25 says:"You have been bornagain not of seed which isperishable butimperishable, that is,through the living andabiding word of God.
  242. 242. For, All flesh is like grass,and all its glory like theflower of grass. The grasswithers, and the flowerfalls off, but the word ofthe Lord abides forever.
  243. 243. And this is the wordwhich was preached toyou" (1 Peter 1:23-25).
  244. 244. No matter how deep ourunderstanding ofScripture may be, we stillshould be able to affirmwith the psalmist,
  245. 245. "As the deer pants for thewater brooks, so my soulpants for Thee, O God"(Psalm 42:1).
  246. 246. We should rejoice withPaul that "we all, withunveiled face beholdingas in a mirror the glory ofthe Lord, are beingtransformed into the sameimage from glory to glory,
  247. 247. just as from the Lord, theSpirit"(2 Corinthians 3:18).
  248. 248. 2 Timothy 3:17 NASB
  249. 249. THE ENABLINGSCRIPTURE2 Timothy 3:17“that the man of God maybe adequate, equipped forevery good work.” (3:17)
  250. 250. *The Bible can be of greatvalue to an unbeliever.*Most importantly it willlead to salvation thosewho come to trust in theSavior and Lord itproclaims.
  251. 251. Believers are able, withthe Spirits guidance, tounderstand and toproclaim the truths ofGods Word.
  252. 252. Adequate (artios) refers topersons who are capable,complete, and proficientin everything they arecalled to be or do.
  253. 253. *In Christ "you have beenmade complete," Paul tellsColossian believers(Colossians 2:10).
  254. 254. His followers whocarefully study, sincerelybelieve and who obey thetruths of Scripture willstand strong in living andin defending the faith.
  255. 255. Equipped for every goodwork could beparaphrased, "enabled tomeet all demands ofrighteousness."
  256. 256. The man who is adequatewill affirm the power ofthe Word to lead men tosalvation and to equipthem for righteous livingand for faithful service tothe Lord.
  257. 257. When the man of God ishimself equipped by theWord, he can then equipthe believers under hisinfluence.You can’t lead someone toa place you haven’t been.
  258. 258. Just as "we are the Lordsworkmanship," Paulexplains, we also shouldbe doing His work.
  259. 259. We are "created in ChristJesus for good works,which God preparedbeforehand, that weshould walk in them"(Ephesians 2:10).
  260. 260. Christ says to all thosewho belong to Him"We must work the worksof Him Who sent Me, aslong as it is day; night iscoming, when no man canwork" (John 9:4).
  261. 261. Whether our purpose is tolead men and women tosaving faith in JesusChrist, to teach Godstruth to believers, torefute error in the church,to correct and rebuild
  262. 262. erring believers, or totrain believers to liverighteously, our supremeand sufficient resource isGods Word.
  263. 263. It not only gives us theinformation to teach butalso shapes us into livingexamples of that truth.
  264. 264. Every church, everywhereand in every time, shouldbe totally committed topreaching, teaching, andimplementing the Word,thereby pleasing andexalting the gracious and
  265. 265. sovereign God Who hasrevealed it.
  266. 266. Through the convincingand convicting power ofthe Holy Spirit, Scriptureis Gods own provision forevery spiritual truth andmoral principle that menneed to be saved,
  267. 267. to be equipped to liverighteously in this presentlife and to hear one day inthe life to come, "Well done,good and faithful servant,enter into the joy of yourMaster" (Matt 25:21, 23).
  268. 268. The MacArthur NewTestament Commentary,Copyright © Moody Pressand John MacArthur, Jr.,1983-2007.

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