“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God2 may be complete, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Bigger Picture – Paul writes to Timothy about safeguarding the Gospel and staying faithful to it as he ministers. He reminds Timothy about the power of God’s Word and the importance of being a man of the Word and not the world. Paul reiterates 3 main points in these two verses:
Firstly, Scripture is God-inspired, more aptly said, it is God-breathed. Just like how God breathed His breath into us when He created us, He breathed out His Words into Scripture through man.
Secondly, Scripture is useful and helps us – to be taught, convicted, restored, trained, and disciplined into becoming more Christ-like, so we are refined to possess a sound doctrine about who God is and a strong character as followers of Jesus. This echoes what is said in Hebrews 4:12.
Thirdly, Scripture equips us for every good work. To serve God effectively as people of God, we MUST be people of the Word. Scripture teaches us so that we can disciple others. God’s Word is always meant to overflow from one life to another but to do that, we need to be filled to the brim!