God-breathed Word

2 Timothy 3 16-17

The Verse(s) of the Day for October 26, 2016 reveal the source and purpose of Scripture:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT):

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

The Amplified Bible offers this translation:

16 Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action),

Upon closely examining this passage, we find seven points to illustrate the origin and intent of the Bible. According to E.W. Bullinger in his study Number in Scripture, the number seven represents spiritual perfection revealed in the Word of God:

  • Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration)
  • and profitable for instruction
  • for reproof and conviction of sin (to make us realize what is wrong in our lives).
  • for correction of error
  • and discipline in obedience
  • [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action),
  • and to equip his people to be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Listen to this musical version of 2 Timothy 3:16 as a scripture memory song:

 

In thinking of the Scriptures as words given by the inspiration of God or as the” God-breathed word,” another related verse comes to mind:

2 Peter 1:21

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost

In discussing “Our God-breathed Bible”, teacher John McArthur comments,

So, when you pick up your Bible, you’re not reading the word of men, you’re reading the Word of God that was written down by men who were moved along in the process by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Not  only is all scripture “God-breathed” but its purpose is that believer, the one who puts his trust in God, might be “complete and proficient,” fully equipped, as a cruise ship is thoroughly prepared and outfitted for its maiden and subsequent voyages.

The New Century Version offers this rendering of 2 Timothy 3:17:

Using the Scriptures, the person who serves God will be capable, having all that is needed to do every good work.

When God breathes life comes forth. When God breathed into the nostrils of his creation in Genesis, he became a living soul. Likewise, the Word that God breathed is “alive and full of power” or living and powerful” (Hebrews 4:12). In thinking about the power of the breath of God, the lyrics to the Hillsong worship song “Breathe on Me, Breath of God” come to mind:

 

The Verse(s) of the Day are wonderful reminders of the source and the purpose of the Word of God.

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