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All Scripture Is Breathed Out By God…

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 competent, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 – Scripture of the Day (February 5, 2014)

Let’s break this passage down:

“All Scripture” – that would be from Genesis to Revelation.  Even though the laws of the Old Testament were taken out of the way at the cross (Eph. 2:14-16; Col. 2:13-15), the Old Testament must still be studied for there is much God wants Christians to learn from it and be encouraged and strengthened by it (Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:1-11).  And of course, the New Testament is the covenant under which we are, and contains the laws of Christ which we must obey (Heb. 8:7-13; Rom. 6:17-18; Gal. 6:2; John 14:15; Heb. 5:8-9).

“is breathed out by God” – inspired by God.  The Holy Spirit of God inspired the writers (2 Pet. 2:19-21; Eph. 3:3-5; cf. 1 Cor. 14:37).  So when you read your Bible, you’re reading God’s Word.  A message from God.  Not necessarily from Paul, Peter, James, John, etc., but ultimately from God.  And when your preacher preaches God’s Word in its entirety on a particular matter, you’re not hearing a message from him.  You’re hearing a message from God (1 Thess. 2:13).

“and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” – Want to be taught correctly?  All you need is the Bible.  Need to reprove or correct someone?  It better be because they violated Scripture, and not your opinion.  Want to be trained on how to be righteous in the sight of God?  All you need is the Bible.  No wonder God wants us to study it every single day (Ps. 1:1-3).

“that the man of God” – It’s easy to call yourself a Christian, but only followers of the Bible and the Bible alone are true men and women of God.

“may be competent”artios in the Greek, meaning perfect or complete.  Want to be cleansed from your sins so you may be found perfect in God’s sight?  Want to be truly complete as far as your Creator is concerned?  Want God to consider you competent?  Follow the Scriptures and the Scriptures alone.

“equipped for every good work” – On Judgment Day Christ will condemn many who were involved in a lot of good works in his name because in reality they did not obey his Father (Matt. 7:21-23), so that leads me to question whether those good works were in fact good works in the sight of God.  A sobering thought.  Car washes and bake sales to raise money for the church sound like a good work, but you don’t read in Scripture that the church raised money in those ways (1 Cor. 16:1-2)…so are they really good works?  Having a choir backed by a rock band sing to the congregation during worship sounds like a great thing to be involved with, but you don’t read of choirs or instrumental accompaniment in New Testament worship (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16)…so is it really a good work?  Do you want to know how to do any and all works that God would consider good?  Read and follow your Bibles.

The Faith Once Delivered – J.T. Wheeler

“To have a home where the Bible is believed, taught, and celebrated is to know peace, love, enrichment, and empowerment.” (Terry Wheeler)

Do yourself a favor and read this great article from the September/October 2013 issue of the Carolina Messenger.

The Faith Once Delivered – J.T. Wheeler.

Whoever Hears My Word And Believes Him Who Sent Me Has Eternal Life…

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

John 5:24 – Scripture of the Day (January 21, 2014)

To pass “from death to life.”  To not “come into judgment,” which means to not come into what the Greek calls krisis, condemnation.  To have the “eternal life” that is God’s free gift rather than the second death of hell which we deserve because of our sin (Rom. 6:23; Rev. 21:8)!  What a high, undeserved honor!  What a wonderful thing it will be to hear those sweet words from the King of kings:  “Well done, good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.  Enter into the joy of your master” (Matt. 25:21).  Do you want those wonderful words to be said to you?  I know I do…

Look very carefully at what the Master says in today’s Scripture of the Day.  These blessings of eternal life and the passing over of judgment from death to life come to “whoever” does two things:  the one who “hears my word and believes him who sent me.”

The Psalmist wrote that the “blessed” man “who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers” is one whose “delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Ps. 1:1-2).  The apostle wrote that Christians are to long for “the pure milk of the Word” like a newborn longs for milk (1 Pet. 2:2), and that we are to diligently grow in “knowledge” if we are to have that “entrance into the eternal kingdom” provided for us (2 Pet. 1:5-11; 3:18).  The faith which pleases God (Heb. 11:6) and saves us (John 5:24; 3:16) comes from hearing “the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17).  Friend, how well do you hear God’s Word?  How often do you meditate upon it?  Day and night…or once a week for a couple of minutes?  Have you ever read the entire Bible?  If not, why?  If you want to escape the judgment of God and walk into an eternal life of bliss, take Jesus’ promise to heart.  Hear his Word.

Not only that, but believe in the God who sent Jesus.  This faith consists more of a belief in the existence of God, but also that he “rewards those who seek him” (Heb. 11:6).  It must be stronger than the faith of demons, for they too believe in God (James 2:19).  No, this belief in God consists of such a strong spiritual, mental, and intellectual conviction and trust that it prompts unhesitating obedience (James 2:14-26).  It was this kind of faith that prompted Noah to obey God in building an ark (Heb. 11:7), Abraham to obey God by moving his family to places unknown and being willing to sacrifice his son (Heb. 11:8-10, 17-19), and Moses to give up “the fleeting pleasures of sin” in Egypt in order to serve God by leading Israel out of slavery through the Red Sea (Heb. 11:24-29).  It is this faith that will prompt you and me to obey the will of our God as revealed in his Word, no matter what the cost.

Do you want eternal life?  Hear, believe, and obey…