2 Timothy 3:16
New Living Translation
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
All scripture within the Bible comes to us fro God given and taught in truth used as tool to help us know wrongs in life. A tool to correctly train us in doing rights
The Apostle Paul taught how the scriptures bless our lives. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
What Does 2 Timothy 3:16 Mean? ►
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
2 Timothy 3:16(NASB)
As we thumb through the pages of Scripture, which have become so familiar to us, it is a challenging and awesome thing to consider Who it is that lies behind those inspired pages and the eternal significance of their content. The written Word of God is not just a collection of curious books, penned in antiquity. Scripture is a direct revelation from the living God to His born-again people, and we would do well to take every page to heart.
The completed library of sixty-six books is a powerful, living, unified whole. The breath of God’s Holy Spirit, imputed divine light, life, power, and hope into that sacred text. The Holy Spirit of God, Who in times past, moved prophets of old to pen the sacred words of Scripture, is the same Breath of God, Who breathes life to the spirit of a man when he is born from above.
He illuminates our minds with truth, inspires our heart with spiritual understanding and gives godly discernment to all who have been saved by trusting in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. He tells us the end before the beginning. He dispels our fear, to keep us from stumbling. He gives us His perfect peace in our hearts and an unshakable confidence in the gospel of Christ.
It is no surprise that the Word of God is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness, for it is given by inspiration of God. It unveils His holy character and reveals His divine plan for mankind. It convicts us of our need of a Saviour, and teaches us about the eternal plan of the Creator. It informs us of what God expects of His children, and guides us along the road of righteous living. It trains us in the path of patient endurance, and it furnishes us with examples of lives that are lived in humble obedience to our Father in heaven.
“All Scripture is inspired by God. All Scripture is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” The Word of God amends our skewed human perceptions, it highlights prideful attitudes and exposes false presumptions. It alerts us to the pitfalls of sinning and warns of the consequences of sin. It highlights the problem of our inherited sin-nature and reassures us that in Christ, we have all we need for life and godliness.
However, God’s Words warns that the God of love, Who will redeem us by faith, is also a God of justice and righteousness, Who will judge the wicked and condemn the unrighteous. In this last letter before his death, Paul gives this amazing truth about the God-breathed Scriptures to Timothy, AFTER a passage that warns of the difficult days that are coming for the Body of Christ.
Paul warns us that, “in the last days, men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents. They will be ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. They will hold to a form of godliness while denying its power.” He warns that evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived themselves, in every area of life. This catalogue of lawlessness is sufficient to discourage the staunchest of saints.
But the darkest of nights always breaks into the brightest of dawns. Nights of sorrow invariably burst into mornings of joyfulness. The problems and pain that we face in this fallen world are not worthy to be compared with the glories that are to come hereafter. And Paul reminds Timothy, and us, that in the midst of this world’s evil, we have ALL we need for life and godliness because we are ‘in-Christ’ – and have the inspired Scriptures to teach us all we need to know.
God’s Word is there to correct us when we fall, to train us in righteousness and to reassure us that God is firmly in control. The Word of Truth protects us from the error of sin and warns us of false teachings and the doctrines of demons. It is the Word of Life, that equips us with godly wisdom and gracious counsel and it builds up our trust in our God and Saviour, Who died for us on Calvary’s cross, so that we could become His adoptive children, and live with Him in the eternal ages to come.
Should not we who are so familiar with the stories of Scripture, reverently consider HIM? He is the One Who inspired the text of Scripture, which is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. Should not we who are saved by grace through faith in Christ, recognise the deep significance and consequences of the God-breathed content of His Word and take it to heart in these perilous days?
Let us NEVER forget that ALL Scripture is God-breathed. From start to finish it is profitable, beneficial, enriching, and illuminating, for all God’s people. It teaches the truth, opens the way of salvation, warns of danger and comforts us in our sorrows. It reproves us when we go astray, corrects us when we miss the mark, instructs us to do what is right, and is the most comprehensive training manual in righteousness.
Let us act in accordance with one of Paul’s final instructions to Timothy, his beloved son in the faith. “Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, persecutions, and sufferings….continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them.” Let us also continue in the things we have learned from the Bible, and as we do so,
What does 2 Timothy 3:16 mean?
After noting the importance of the “sacred writings” for wisdom for salvation in the previous verse, Paul makes one of the most important and frequently-quoted statements in the entire Bible: “All Scripture is breathed out by God.” The “All Scripture” in this case most specifically referred to the Old Testament, since the full New Testament did not yet exist. 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 3:15–16).
The description here of God’s word is the Greek theopneustos. This is very literally translated as “God-breathed.” Human authors put the words to paper, through their own personal perspectives and styles. But the ultimate source of this information is not human, but divine. The Greek language makes this particular description even more layered. The Greek root word pneo is used for wind, breath, a spirit, or “the” Spirit. This is a wordplay Jesus uses when speaking to Nicodemus (John 3:8). In a symbolic sense, in Greek, the word Paul uses is a model of the Bible itself: an extension of God’s will, formed out of His spirit, in written form.
As such, this written Scripture is perfect (Psalm 19; 119). Because all Scripture is perfect, it is “profitable” for many areas of life. Paul lists four areas in this verse. First, Scripture is profitable for teaching. It is to be used to instruct people to know God better. Second, Scripture is profitable for reproof or rebuke, the idea of exposing or pointing out sin. Third, Scripture is useful for correction. Scripture both points out sin and offers a solution to it. Fourth, Scripture is profitable for training in righteousness. Though similar to teaching, training is more focused on practical application. From Scripture we learn what is true, what is wrong, how to correct wrong, and how to apply truth.
Second Timothy 3:10–17 draws a strong contrast between the worldly, wicked behaviors of false teachers, and the conduct Timothy has seen from Paul. Not only has Timothy seen Paul’s suffering for the sake of Christ first-hand, he has often experienced it alongside his friend, as well. This adds to the validity of Paul’s teachings, which he strongly encourages Timothy to hold to. Above all, Timothy is to rely on the most secure, reliable, unchanging defense against error and false teaching: the ”God-breathed,” inspired, written Scriptures.
Paul introduces himself, then recaps Timothy’s path to becoming a minister. He reminds Timothy of how his family brought him up in the faith, and then how Timothy served faithfully with Paul in the past. Paul then focuses on two primary ideas. First, that Timothy’s background in the faith should give him the courage to stand fast against hard times. Second, that Timothy should use that courage to defend the truth of the gospel message. Paul will use these points and examples as the foundation for the rest of his letter