Week 36: God Breathed
Today’s Text: Second Timothy 3-4
Key Text: Second Timothy 3:16
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.
I like that phrase “God-breathed” don’t you?
It speaks to me of the creative, life-giving work of the Holy Spirit; of how Scripture is so much more than old, dead words on parchment from years ago. Scripture is, as some might say of the Constitution, a “living document” which in some ways is timeless and ageless.
It also reminds me that God is always intimately involved in the issues of our day to day living.
The Bible is not meant to me a book which occupies an honored space on the bookshelf or coffee table, but which is never opened and studied.
All my Bibles are well-marked with this color ink or that; passages circled, underlined; pages marked by a handful of different bookmarks.
Scripture is something to be studied, read, prayed over, and absorbed into our daily decisions.
Otherwise, it might as well be put behind a glass case – something to be admired and venerated – but never really used.
I believe God gave us Scripture as a gift – to be cherished – but most of all, to be applied in very real, practical ways.
Then, as this passage says, we will be women and men who are “thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Surely we can’t do much better than that.