A coach walks into the locker room and tells his huddled team: “OK, team. Go out there and beat this team.” That’s all he says. Then he turns and walks out of the room. The team looks at one another with eyes that are asking: “How? What do we do?” A math teacher walks into the classroom and says, “Students, today we are going to do something that you have never done before in math. Here are your problems. Now get to work.” The students look blankly at the problems not knowing where to even start. A coach isn’t coaching if he does not tell the team what to do in order to beat the other team. A teacher isn’t teaching if she does not show the students how to do the math problems. Thankfully, God not only calls us to holiness (see 1 Peter 1:15-16), but He also tells us how to make that happen in our lives. He gives us the incredible gift of His word, the Bible.
The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3:16: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness” (NIV). We learn much about God’s word in this verse. First, we see that all Scripture is “God-breathed.” That means it is from God. He spoke these words. The Holy Spirit inspired these words. When we read what the authors of the Bible have written, we are not ready their words but God’s words. They come from Him. And, ALL of these words come from Him. All of the Bible is important. We cannot pick and choose what we want to believe and not believe. We can’t edit what God has given us and say “I’ll live this part, but I don’t have to do that part.” All Scripture is God-breathed. It is from Him, and it is all what He wants us to know, to do, and to be. Since it is from Him, it must be the final authority in our lives.
Next, we see what Scripture is able to do in our lives. The Bible “is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.” The Bible accomplishes many things as the Spirit uses His word to grow.
- It teaches. It shows us how we are to live this life in Christ. We know what we are called to do and commanded to not do from the Bible.
- It rebukes. It convicts us when we are doing wrong and have sin in our lives that should not be there.
- It corrects. It shows us how we should be living instead.
- It trains in righteousness. It shows us all that God wants us to know about how we can be right before Him in our living.
Since the Bible is from God and shows us how to live, we must be reading it, learning it, meditating on it, memorizing it, and living it. We do not have to make things up as we go. God has given us what we need to live for Him, His word. May we treasure the precious gift of the Bible.