Posted by: missionventureministries | February 9, 2015

ALL SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED BY GOD – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

2 Tim 3 vs 16

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

The Biblical message inspired by God is His revelation in written form, in order to precisely preserve and propagate the truth. The word revelation means an uncovering, a removal of the veil, a disclosure of what was previously unknown. Revelation of God is God’s manifestation of Himself to humankind in such a way that men and women can know Him and have fellowship with Him.

The Bible declares, hundreds of times, to be the written Word of God. The Old Testament Scriptures were acknowledged by Christ and the apostles as divinely inspired and completely infallible. When Jesus said: “The scriptures cannot be broken” (John 10:35), He was speaking of God’s written word. The events, actions, commandments, and truths from God are given to us and cannot be broken.

The Lord Jesus Christ identified truth with the written Word. In His great, high priestly prayer (John 17:17), He said, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” This was consistent with the declarations in which the Holy Spirit continually proclaims that the revelation from God is truth: “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever” (Psalm 119:160). There is no other source than the Scripture to which this statement applies. Only this source, the Holy Scripture, is the standard of truth for the believer. Actually, the Bible is the only foundational source of truth.

In the temptation, the Lord Jesus resists Satan three times saying, “It is written” (Matthew 4:4-10). In stating “It is written,” the Lord used the exact same phrase that is used in the Holy Bible numerous times. Therefore, the persistence of the repeated phrase underlines its importance.

People need to be very cautious regarding religious traditions, because quite often they attempt to give human traditions higher authority than God’s Word. This was true of the Jews of Jesus’ day and unfortunately it is also true of many religions today. In refuting the errors of the Sadducees, the Scripture records the Lord saying, You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God. (Matthew 22:29). Jesus continually reprimanded and rebuked the Pharisees because they gave their traditions equal power to the Word of God. By doing so they were corrupting the very basis of truth. So Jesus declared to them: “You are invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.” (Mark 7:13)

Since Scripture alone is inspired by Almighty God, it alone is the ultimate authority and not tradition.

The Word of the Lord says as a commandment: “Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.  Do not add to His words or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.” (Proverbs 30:5-6)

God commands that we are not to add to His Word; this shows emphatically that it is only God’s Word that is pure and unadulterated. Jesus has some stern warning for us also in Revelation 22:18-19.

We need to realize that Scripture can only be understood correctly in the light of Scripture, since it alone is uncorrupted. It is only with the Holy Spirit’s light that Scripture can be comprehended correctly. The Holy Spirit causes those who are the Lord’s to understand Scripture and Jesus promised us that: “The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you” (John 14: 26). Therefore “It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth” (1 John 5:6).

If you want to be true to God in this important matter, follow His instruction, “Turn to my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you” (Proverbs 1:23). Be assured that if you are longing for truth the Lord will not despise a broken and contrite heart. (Psalm 51:17)

When we look at Scripture versus tradition we read that Scripture is the authoritative record that God has given His people. Therefore, to appeal to a tradition for authority, when God did not give it, is futile. The idea that somehow sayings and events from the Lord have been recorded in tradition is simply not true. If you want to get your theology straight, read and study the Bible carefully.

 “Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.” (John 14:23-24)

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).

Jesus Christ looked only to the authority of the Scriptures, as did His apostles after Him. They confirmed the very message of the Old Testament. “For the word of the LORD is right and true; He is faithful in all he does.” (Psalm 33:4).

The believer is to be true to the way of the Lord, following only what is written, because, “The Word of the LORD is right and true.” AMEN


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