The Scriptures in Your Life
“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 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.
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.