God-breathed Word of Life

2 Timothy 3 16-17

The Verse(s) of the Day for October 26, 2017 is taken from 2 Timothy 3:16-17 in the New King James Version:

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

These two verses indicate the source and purpose of Scripture which is more clearly expressed in the Amplified Bible:

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),

17 So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Scripture Release offers this 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 also 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 spake 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 the 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.

Upon further reflection, the God-breathed Word inspired this poetic expression:

The Word of God

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12


For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: 

but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed                                                 

with faith in them that heard it.

Hebrews 4:2


Quick, powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword,

Once spoken, the Word energizes to give birth

And clearly reveal the perfect will of the Lord,

Proclaimed and framed in the heavens and in the earth.

Searching the hearts of men—ungodly and righteous,

As the critic, the Word examines each intent.

This Word was preached unto them as well as unto us.

It critiques motives, whether to praise or lament,

Discerning those who bring God pleasure or cause grief.

God’s Word penetrates soul and spirit, probing the source,

Piercing both pure and evil hearts of unbelief

To act as Judge, arbiter of final recourse.

The spoken Word dispels fear and banishes strife,

Confirming, ever-living, God-breathed Word of life.

When God breathes, life comes forth. When God breathed into the nostrils of his creation in Genesis, mankind 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 song “Breathe on Me, Breath of God” came to mind, rendered here by Hillsong United:

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


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