Posted by: missionventureministries | September 22, 2014

THE IMPORTANCE OF SCRIPTURE IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE – 2 Timothy 3:16

2 Timothy 3 vs 16

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)  

The Bible is called God’s Word because that’s exactly what it is! It was faithfully recorded by inspired men from all walks of life, who lived across three continents, and compiled the texts over a period of fifteen hundred years without ever contradicting one another. God spoke then through Scripture and is still speaking through it now. 

Most Christians spend little time in the Word of the Lord, and this is a great tragedy. Reading the Scriptures is the necessary food for health and joy in our spiritual lives. “The sincere milk of the word” (1 Peter 2:2) is for “newborn babes” and the “strong meat” is for those who are not “unskillful in the word of righteousness” (Hebrews 5:12-13). “Thy words” are also “honey to my mouth” (Psalm 119:103), and “every word that proceeded out of the mouth of the LORD” is the very bread by which “man lives” (Deuteronomy 8:3). 

It is the Word of God which brings conviction of one’s need of salvation, and this is the indispensable first step leading to salvation: “For by the law is the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:20). 

It is also through the Scriptures that one comes to an understanding of salvation: “The holy scriptures . . . are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). Furthermore, it is the Word which generates saving faith: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). 

The Scriptures also provide daily guidance for those who will use their directions: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).  

Every Christian must be a seed-sowing witness for Christ, because “the seed is the word of God” (Luke 8:11).  

In the Christian’s armor, the sole offensive weapon is “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17), and this means a victorious life and testimony for the Christian who uses it. 

The wonderful testimony of Paul in our text is the New Testament equivalent of the great assertion by David in Psalm 19:7-9: “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul. The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart. The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever. The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.” 

When we neglect to meet God in the words He preserved for us we lose our bearing in life, and He seems distant. But the wonderful truth is that God is eternal and He is still speaking through the Bible to those who want to take the time to read it and get close to Him. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4:8) 

Remember, the Bible is not just a book, rather, it’s a treasure house of truth that’s living and active, and it’s a fountain of living water and our source of strength. However, Scripture can only be profitable to us when correctly interpreted. We need instruction from the Holy Spirit (who leads us into all truth). And for Scripture to really be effective in conviction of sin, correction of error and training in righteousness, it needs to be applied to our lives. We need to align our lives to what God’s word says. Then we shall be complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work.

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