2 Timothy 3:16-17: Inspiration and Sufficiency of Scripture

by admin ~ May 23rd, 2020. Filed under: Brandenburg.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says a lot about the Bible. It is a classic location for the doctrine of scripture. It is the number one passage on the inspiration of God’s Word. The Bible wasn’t just written by men, and not really written by men, except as God’s instruments. All scripture was given by inspiration of God. Those two verse are also the best verses about the sufficiency of scripture. That teaching is found in verse 17, where it says that God throughly furnishes the man of God unto every good work. It does that through doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. The Bible has everything that you need to know to make a right decision about every area of life. That doesn’t mean that it will turn out like you want. You can do the exact right thing with an opposite result, and now more than at any time in my lifetime. Scripture talks about those consequences too, so it is sufficient to deal with the difficult circumstances we face, even when we do the right thing. We can anticipate those and know what to do when and how to face them. Many times in the short term it might feel or seem like we have done the right thing, even though we know we’re obedient to scripture, but we persevere anyway by faith in order to please God.

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