From the Gospelink Statement of Faith
ONE WORD | the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, given by the plenary and verbal inspiration of God; and the only infallible rule of faith, doctrine and practice.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
2 Peter 1:16-21 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
God – the very One who created the vast cosmos – is not a distant being. In fact, He desires for all people to know Him intimately. We know this because He has given us His Word; a library of works which describe everything we need to know about Him and about ourselves.
As 2 Timothy states, the Word of God is good for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. Let’s unpack this together:
1. The Word of God is profitable for Teaching
As we read the Bible, we come to understand what God loves, what He hates, His attributes and character, human identity and condition, how God interacts with humanity, how God has designed the world to work, how we can lead rich and fulfilling lives, how we can worship Him, and on and on.
2. The Word of God is profitable for Reproof
The author of Hebrews – in chapter 4 – describes God’s Word as living and active, sharper than any double edged sword, piercing to divide soul and spirit; joints and marrow. As we read Scripture, the Spirit uses the Word as a scalpel to cut away sinful desires; it circumcises our hearts so it can live and grow and be healthy.
John 15 commands us (branches) to abide in Christ (the true vine) because without Him, we can do nothing. As we bear fruit, God prunes us (reproof) so that we can bear MORE fruit. Reproof is always always for restoration.
3. The Word of God is profitable for Correction.
We all have a tendency to drift spiritually – usually unconsciously. It’s similar to the drift we experience when we visit the beach. We go out into the water, enjoy the waves for 10 or 15 minutes, and glance back to our family or friends back on the shore, and it’s only then that we recognize the drift. In the same way, we have a propensity to drift, so as we open God’s Word, our minds are refocused on the Lord and we see that we’ve gone off-course. We need to be intentional about correcting the drift – because unfortunately, we cannot passively drift back on-course.
4. The Word of God is profitable for Training in Righteousness.
Holiness is not attained by passivity. Just as with any sport, training is required for spiritual development. We have to be intentional about being in the Word, praying, pursuing Christ-centered relationships, and so forth. Paul is very clear in his letter to Timothy that spending time in the Word will train us for righteousness. It may be difficult at times, but the benefits will far outweigh any costs.
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