Pastor's Corner

The Scriptures in Your Life

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“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.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV)

THE TEACHING:

The biblical text states that “all” Scripture is given by “inspiration” of God. When the apostle Paul wrote this second letter to Timothy, he was of course referring the Old Testament, since the New Testament had not been canonized at the time of the apostle’s writing. The fact that “all” Scripture is given by inspiration implies that all parts of Scripture are inspired, such as the books of the law, known as the Torah, the historical books, the wisdom books, and the major and minor prophets. The Lord Jesus Christ had promised His disciples that “Helper,” the Holy Spirit, whom the Father would send in His name would teach them all things, and bring to their remembrance all things that He has spoken to them (cf., John 14:26), as well as guide them into all truth (cf., John 16:13).  These promises embraces the facts concerning the earthly life of Christ in the Gospels, the experiences of the early disciple in the book of Acts, the doctrines set forth in the Epistles, and the predictions in the Apocalypse. The Lord Jesus Christ, therefore, guaranteed the inspiration of the New Testament.

Not only are the different parts of Scripture included in inspiration, but the very words themselves in every part of Scripture are inspired as well. This is often referred to as “verbal plenary” inspiration. Some people believe that only parts of the Scriptures are inspired or that only the thoughts or concepts that deal with religion are inspired, but these views fall short of claim that “all” Scripture is given by inspiration of God.

The word “inspiration” means “God-breathed.” This clearly implies that the Scripture came from the “breath” of God, not the ideas, logic, and reasoning of either men or angels. This makes the Scriptures truly the Word of God, and thus it is unique among all other books. Because the Scriptures are given by “inspiration of God,” this implies that they did not come from men or angels, but from God. Because the Scriptures come from God, we can conclude that they are also inerrant, infallible, and authoritative. This is based on the fact that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and completely perfect. The Scriptures, which are given “inspiration of God,” will therefore, by their very nature, reflex the character of the God who gave them. A correct view of God will also lead to a correct view of the Scriptures which come from God.

THE TASK:

Since all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and profitable, it is very important for every believer in Christ, regardless of their maturity level, to make the Scriptures a major priority in their lives. All believers in Christ should spend dedicated personal time in the Scriptures: reading them, studying them, memorizing them, and meditation upon them. Not only should there be personal time in the Scriptures, but public time as well, in group Bible studies and the Sunday worship service where the sermons are truly biblically based. The Scriptures are truly given by inspiration of God, and as such, they are an important part of Christian growth and maturity.

I Am Thanking You Right NOW

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Dear GOD:
I want to thank You for what you have already done.
I am not going to wait until I see results or receive rewards;
I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until I feel better or things look better;
I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until people say they are sorry or until they stop talking about me;
I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until the pain in my body disappears ;
I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until my financial situation improves;
I am going to thank you right now.
I am not going to wait until the children are asleep and the house is quiet;
I am going to thank you right now.
I am not going to wait until I get promoted at work or until I get the job;
I am going to thank you right now.
I am not going to wait until I understand every experience in my life that has caused me pain or grief;
I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until the journey gets easier or the challenges are removed;
I am thanking you right now.
I am thanking you because I am alive. I am thanking you because I made it through the day's difficulties. I am thanking you because I have walked around the obstacles.
I am thanking you because I have the ability and the opportunity to do more and do better.

I'm thanking you because FATHER, YOU haven't given up on me.

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