2 Timothy 3 Lesson

All Scripture Is Inspired By God

Today’s study verse is one of the most significant verses in all the Bible!

  • “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.

This is the verse that brings together all the different writings of the Bible and lets us know they all originated from God and are approved by God. If it were not for these words, we would not be able to rely on the Bible as we do. It is these words that tell us that what we are reading are the thoughts of God and not man.

In the context of Paul’s letter to Timothy, we need to remember that it is the older and wiser Paul writing to the younger and less experienced Timothy. It is as if Paul is saying, “You do not have to waste a moment of your time wondering if these words are true, they are! You can rely on these scriptures in everything that you do.”

For Paul, who believes he may soon be executed, the timing of this letter has taken on an even deeper significance. He has already spoken to Timothy about being strong, persevering, and preaching boldly. Now he is taking the final steps to equip Timothy for the work ahead. For Timothy or anyone, to be successful in helping others find Christ, they must accept the basic premise that all scripture comes from God. If that were not the case, the Bible would be nothing more than an interesting book, and it is so much more than that!

If you are a young Christian, as Timothy was, the only way for you to see for yourself that the Bible is God’s inspired Word, is to actively study its content! Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans:

  • “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17.

As you read the Bible, meditate on its meaning, and put it into action, you will see for yourself that it is indeed the inspired Word of God!

As for his writings to Timothy, Paul wants him to know that he can draw closer to God in three ways:

  1. Through prayer,
  2. Through the Holy Spirit,
  3. Through the reading of His inspired word.

Paul also writes to Timothy about the challenging times that will take place in the end of days.

  • “For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.” – 2 Timothy 3:2-5.

In these difficult times, Paul wants Timothy to stay on course. In order to do this, and to resist Satan’s temptations, Timothy will need to protect himself by putting on the full armor of God. He wants Timothy to use the Bible for:

  • Teaching,
  • Reproof (to reprimand, rebuke),
  • Correction,
  • Training in righteousness.

Hebrews 4:12 says:

  • “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

In this scripture, the Hebrew writer tells us that God’s word is ALIVE and ACTIVE! If we read the Bible for ourselves and put into practice what we learn, we will come to the same conclusion! God’s Spirit will work in our lives and allow us to feel His amazing presence and power!!

For us to reach our potential as servants of Christ, we need to understand what God’s word says, and trust Him enough to take the leap of faith and put His plan for us into action! If we simply read the Bible and take no action, we have accomplished nothing.

To reinforce this point, consider these three scriptures:

Consider these three passages from James:

  1. Faith, if it has not works, is dead.” – James 2:17.
  2. “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only.” – James 1:22.
  3. “But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” – James 2:18.

CONCLUSION

All scripture is inspired by God!

If you want to increase your faith, you need to follow these three steps:

  1. Read the Bible. Everything starts with this first step!
  2. Correctly interpret the Bible. Do not be afraid to ask for help if you have questions. Just as Paul helped Timothy, having mentors in our lives to helps us is an important part of God’s plan.
  3. Trust in your faith and act on what you have read!

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Michael

2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that the Bible is unlike any other book.

It's words were taken directly from God and the Holy Spirit. We can read about that, but we may not truly believe it for ourselves until we understand God's word and see it play out in our own lives.

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Dan W

Yes, when we read, studying God's Word, let us have the faith to trust God and act. "Blessed are those who do His commandments that they may have right to the tree of life and enter the holy city" (Rev. 22.14).

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Lee Larsen
Dan W

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