Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson
2 Timothy 3:16-17
"All Scripture is God Breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
Think of that! God has breathed His breath into the precious Word of God. That being the case, how in the world can we neglect it, disobey it and/or treat it with the same disregard as we would a book written by a human author. May God forgive us if we ever do.
Remember that Paul is writing to his son in the faith and sharing the things that are important to Timothy's spiritual growth and maturity. As we read the words in today's Scripture, it should cause us to feel a sense of awe. The very Word of God has been given for our benefit.
Paul instructs Timothy that this supernatural Word of God has specific value:
- It is useful for teaching
- It is useful for rebuking
- It is useful for correcting
- It is useful for training in righteousness
These four purposes of the Word of God should always be in our mind while we are reading. They should take the form of questions that could even be written down. What is this passage teaching? Am I one of those that needs to be rebuked for things I am doing, or am I to do the rebuking? (Be very careful on this one - it is easy to become judgmental in the flesh rather than rebuking under the direction of the Holy Spirit). In what way does the Word of God correct human thinking and reasoning? What discipline is appropriate to achieve righteousness? Remember that it is speaking of God's righteousness rather than man's righteousness.
Just taking time to read and study this third chapter of 2 Timothy will yield results. It reveals to us the things that Paul felt were necessary for his disciple, Timothy, to know in order to be a mature servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. If we follow the same principles and directions, it is bound to take the spiritual pacifier out of our mouth and make us strong, vibrant Christians, growing in the Lord!
Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today. Trust Him completely and be a blessing.
--- Pastor Cecil
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