January 12, 2022

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  –2 Timothy 3:16-17

Nearly every religion has a set of writings central to their belief system. What makes the Bible so different? In these two verses, we learn that the Bible is different from all other writings because it is “God-breathed.” Some translations use the term “inspired,” but I like the term “God-breathed” because it makes me think of another instance where God breathed: when giving life to Adam (Genesis 2:7). It is through the Bible that we learn of our need for a Savior and how we gain eternal life by accepting Christ as our Savior. 

So how does this apply to us as the Real Church? We are told in the rest of these verses. God gave us his Word for teaching. We need to teach the truths in the Bible, including, but not limited to, how to have a personal relationship with Christ. We need to rebuke. While rebuke is often thought of as a reprimand, an earlier definition is to turn back. So when we rebuke, we can think of it as a prompt to turn back to God, away from sin. We are to use the Scriptures to correct. Turning back to God is just the first step, what follows is to make right what was wrong. We are to train in righteousness. It is a continual process of growth to become more righteous, as we eliminate sin from our lives. Finally, the reason we do all this is to be “thoroughly equipped for every good work.” What good works are we to do? Ephesians 2:10 tells us that God has prepared these good works in advance for us to do. 

As you meditate on these verses today, I encourage you to think about how God is using his Word to teach, rebuke, correct, and train you in righteousness, so that you may be thoroughly equipped for every good work he has planned for you. 

Blessings, 

Lucinda T.

2 thoughts on “January 12, 2022

  1. Bobbie Wendschlag January 12, 2022 — 8:44 am

    Excellent reminder that the breathing of our God brings NEW LIFE ❤️

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  2. Shout out to breathing! Love it! Been doing it for years. 🙂 God breathe life into text(scripture). And we can draw breath (inspiration) from it. What a gift! Truly breathtaking!

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