All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17 ESV)
These verses are key to understanding Scripture and why we can trust it. It is the very Word of God. Peter explained that men wrote “as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pe 1:21). As such, the Bible is the final authority in terms of truth and the only place we find the way of salvation revealed. It is God’s provision for us in the sense that it is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” Any teaching that you receive, whether through book or teacher must be measured against God’s Word to discern its truth and it’s truth value. Paul writes these verses in the context of guarding against the culture that we now live in:
For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:2-7 ESV)
It is the Word of God that protects us from this path.
Our culture would have you believe the Bible is just a book written by men with opinions jaded by the unenlightened minds of the past, thus irrelevant to today. What do you think?
Thank God for his gift of the truth to us, that we may know Him and be prepared for living in and for His kingdom.
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: 2 Kings 13, 2 Tim 3, Ho 5-6, Ps 64-65