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 complete, equipped for every good work. You breathe out your words. The early church believed exactly the same thing. Beautifully, we see that this is also how the early church regarded the Gospels and the Epistles. The first pair— teaching and reproof —have to do with doctrine.
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2 Timothy 3:16
That is, all holy Scripture; for of that only the apostle is speaking; and he means the whole of it; not only the books of the Old Testament, but of the New, the greatest part of which was now written; for this second epistle to Timothy is by some thought to be the last of Paul's epistles; and this also will hold good of what was to be written; for all is inspired by God, or breathed by him: the Scriptures are the breath of God, the word of God and not men; they are "written by the Spirit", as the Syriac version renders it; or "by the Spirit of God", as the Ethiopic version. The purity and holiness of them before observed, show them to be the word of him that is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity; as also their harmony and agreement, though wrote by different persons, in different places, and ages, and at sundry times, and in divers manners; what seeming inconsistencies are observed in them may, with labour and industry, by divine assistance, be reconciled. The Scripture is profitable for ministers to fetch doctrine from, and establish it by; and for hearers to try and prove it by:.
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Scripture Is Useful
O Father, use your Word to make me useful as the Spirit molds and shapes me into the person you want me to be. In Jesus' name, I pray. All rights reserved worldwide. Used by permission of NavPress. All rights reserved.
It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. What does 2 Timothy mean? At the time Paul wrote these words, books such as the Gospel of John and Revelation had not yet been written. However, this principle would still apply to all Scripture given by God, including the 27 books of the New Testament. New Testament writers recognized Scripture even as it was written 2 Peter — The description here of God's word is the Greek theopneustos. This is very literally translated as "God-breathed.