All Scripture Inspired By God

2 Timothy 3:16-17

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. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

2TIMOTHY 3:16-17


Paul has been telling Timothy that people will speculate about the truth and believe wrong things about the truth. People will argue about the truth. People will be haters of the truth, and oppose the truth. He tells Timothy to continue on in the truth, saying,

2Tim. 3:14-15 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them; and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Now, he continues that thought in verse 16.

3:16-17 All Scripture Is Inspired

All Scripture is inspired by God. All of it. The proverb says,

Prov. 30:5-6 Every word of God is tested…

Jesus said,


Every word of the Bible is there by the inspiration of God.

But of course, skeptics have always abounded. People who doubt that the Word of God is really the Word of God.

A perfect example is the group called the Jesus Seminar. This group began in 1985 with 30 so-called “scholars” (now over 200), with the supposed mission of exploring the “historic Jesus.” Of course, what they had really set out to do was to convince the rest of the world that their unbelief in the Bible was valid. They have examined the words and works of Jesus as written in the Bible, and voted on what was really true. Using colored beads, they vote on passages of Scripture. Regarding the works of Jesus, a red bead means that “the historical reliability of this information is virtually certain. It is supported by a preponderance of evidence.” A pink bead means that “this information is probably reliable. It fits well with other evidence that is verifiable.” A gray bead means that “this information is possible but unreliable. It lacks supporting evidence.” And finally, a black bead states that “this information is improbable. It does not fit verifiable evidence; it is largely or entirely fictive.”

The same system is used for assessing the words of Jesus:

“Red: Jesus undoubtedly said this or something very like it.

Pink: Jesus probably said something like this.

Gray: Jesus did not say this, but the ideas contained in it are close to his own.

Black: Jesus did not say this; it represents the perspective or content of a later or different tradition.”

Then they published “The Gospel of Jesus – According to the Jesus Seminar,” which makes the audacious claim, “What would a truly original gospel look like—a gospel cleared of the interpretation and embellishment of the evangelists, a gospel that contained only the words and deeds of the historical Jesus? The Gospel of Jesus is that gospel.”

These people have truly personified what the book of Romans says,

Rom. 1:22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,

Lots of people will claim that they don’t accept the Bible as the Word of God, and give many reasons – some ludicrous, some very intellectual-sounding. But the fact is, their rejection of the Word is really based on one thing: if the Word of God is true, then they’re accountable for what it says.

I’ve never met a person that said, “I really want to know God, but I’m not sure that I can trust the Bible.” And if they are out there, I imagine that that’s a good place to be. After all, the Lord said,

Deut. 4:29 “But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find {Him} if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.

If a person is coming from that direction, it is certainly simple enough to prove that God wrote the Bible, and that every detail is accurate. Whether you approach it from archaeology, history, science, or prophecy, the Bible is always 100% right, 100% of the time.

As a matter of fact, my own conversion to Christianity was as a result of being shown in a simple, intellectual manner that God was outside of time, and writing down the future long before it happened. That proved to me that God existed and that I was accountable to Him.

So, because all Scripture is inspired by God, we have to ask ourselves what is it here for?

God has written a book, sent us message, mailed a letter for us to read. The words in it speak directly to us – to our hearts, to our situations, to our lives right where we’re at.

Saints, the Scripture is so valuable, we should – we must – pay close attention to it. There are so many things that it addresses – answers to life’s questions, solutions for today’s problems. Indeed, it is profitable for many things – and Paul makes a list here.


The first value that Paul lists regarding the profit of Scripture is teaching. There is a lot of teaching happening in the world today, and much of what is being taught is wrong. Your children are being taught that evolution is truth. Your teenagers are being taught that sexuality is something to be freely explored, without the confines of morality. Your neighbors are being taught that good is bad and bad is good.

Even the church is being taught worldly ideas that are not from Scripture. But if Paul says that all Scripture is profitable for teaching, then that’s what I want to teach! I know the value that teaching Scripture has. I know the profit that it produces in your life.

I know that when I teach you the Word of God, that you are:

– learning more about how much God loves you

– understanding more about God’s plans for you

– gaining knowledge to answer questions that people approach you with

– being protected from cults and false teachers.

Reproof & Correction

Now, the Word is not just for teaching. It is also for reproof and correction. We all have times that we need to be set straight, to be directed back onto the right path.

The Word of God is profitable for bringing a brother or sister to the mirror of the truth and saying, “do you see what you’re doing to yourself? Do you see how you’re hurting this other person? Do you understand that this is sin that needs to be repented of?”

James wrote,

James 5:19-20 My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth, and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death, and will cover a multitude of sins.

Saints, when someone comes to you in love and mercifully shows you in the Word where you are doing wrong, they are demonstrating the heart of God. They desire repentance for you – not so that they can be right, but so that you will be saved from death, and your sins covered.

Training In Righteousness

The Word is also profitable for training in righteousness. When you read or hear the Word of God, the definition of righteousness quickly becomes evident to you.

– You understand what God is desiring in your life

– You see the example of Jesus in his words and deeds.

– You see the precedent set by normal people who desired to live righteously.

There is no better training for righteousness than the Word of God.


If you are taught the Word, reproved and corrected by the Word, and trained in righteousness by the Word, then you are adequate. Nowadays, the word adequate sounds like somewhere between “fair” and “poor.” But the word in Greek means “complete.” In other words, if you are learned in, corrected by, and trained with the Scriptures, that’s all you need to be completely equipped as a Christian. You don’t need any other books or videos. You don’t need a seminary degree, and you don’t need to attend a seminar. All you need is the Word of God.

Peter wrote,

2Pet. 1:3 …His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him…

The Word is the vehicle that God uses to teach us, to speak to us, to educate us, to set standards for us. We find the true knowledge of Him through the Bible. And that true knowledge of Him gives us everything we need for life and godliness.

Equipped For Every Good Work

When we’re complete with the Word, we’re fully equipped. Equipped for every good work. And that is the purpose of the church: equipping the saints for the work by educating the saints with the Word.

This is why Paul wrote,

Eph. 4:11-13 And He gave some {as} apostles, and some {as} prophets, and some {as} evangelists, and some {as} pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith…

My job is to equip you. If I simply telling funny stories, show you a video, talk about the political convention, or the latest news on TV, you’re not being equipped by the Word.

When the apostle Paul knew that he would never be in Ephesus again, he called the elders together for a final meeting. He gave them a very moving farewell address.

He said,

Acts 20:22-26 “And now, behold, bound in spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me. But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, in order that I may finish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that all of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will see my face no more. Therefore I testify to you this day, that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose (counsel) of God.

Paul had equipped the Ephesians with all the Scriptures.

I hope that someday when I’m lying on my deathbed, or in my parting speech, that I will be able to say the same thing: “Saints, I taught you every Word in the Bible. You know the Lord, you know what He’s spoken. You’re fully equipped to do His will.”

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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.Oct 27, 2020

Back to the Word of God

2 Timothy 3:16-17

The Goal of Discipleship

Paul J. Bucknell

The Bible Teaching Commentary


2 Timothy 3:16-17 shows the power and purpose that God has for His Word, the Bible, in our lives. This becomes the Goal of Discipleship for our lives.

The Goal of Discipleship

The goal of discipleship is to have God’s Word impact every aspect of our lives so that we might accomplish the purposes for which we were designed.

Every finely crafted tool is designed for a purpose. We might pride ourselves in possessing of a certain tool, but its true benefit is seen not in the possession of it but in the utilization of it.

The tool is able to do jobs that no other tool can do.

The glory of the tool in seeing it be used for its end purpose. Similarly, God’s people are looking for the power of God to work in their lives through His Word so that they might live for what they were made. The apostle in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 perfectly captures this aspect of Christian living.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for
for reproof,
for correction,
for training in righteousness;
that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17).

The Source

“All Scripture”

All 66 books of the Bible are God’s special resources to provide instruction and empower us to live out God’s good will in our lives.

There are many sources of knowledge all about us. It increases day by day. If you have a Bible, however, no matter how old and worn it may be, it outshines all the other resources one might have.

Even if we do manage to gain other resources, never let your great trust in God’s Word diminish. The purpose of other books should be to allow God to speak clearer to us through His Word and the world.

The Means

by God”

We need a close relationship with God and help from the Holy Spirit to rightly discern and apply God’s reliable Word to our lives.

The proper use of God’s Word requires a proper relationship with God Himself. The Holy Spirit is the interpreter and illuminator of His Word. If we have hidden sin or deep resentment built up in our hearts against God or others, we cannot expect to find that stream of God’s grace through the power of His Word enter our minds. Our souls are not readied for it or even desire it at that point.

God desires to fill us with all knowledge and power to do His mighty will. The Word of God belongs to Him and was especially give to us to accomplish His good and greater purposes in and through our lives.

Four Purposes

“for teaching

Doctrinal truth. Right thinking about God, the world, man, etc.

We cannot understand God, God’s world and the things in the world apart from His instruction. General revelation, those things which we can observe with our senses, are wonderful in giving clues about God and the world He made, but they fall far short of giving us the necessary understanding of good, evil, spiritual matters, God’s person, etc. In order to live good and proper lives on earth.

We need God’s Word to give much greater understanding of His person, plans and purposes. By instructing us as to what exists and the purposes for which they exist, God gives us faith to have confidence in what we would otherwise possess. This faith becomes a basic framework by which we perceive God, others and the world. This teaching is essential and for this reason alone we should compel ourselves to send out teachers of God’s Word to everyone everywhere.

“for reproof”

Convicts us of our wrong thoughts and ways.

God’s Spirit not only teaches about what is but also helps us be aware when we have not properly responded to that truth (doctrine). For example, we might learn that man is made in the image of man. If we mistreat our wives, then we will sense the Holy Spirit making us aware of our pang of guilt. More than this, He tells us the reason we feel such a way when we have yelled at our wives. “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment” (John 16:8).

“for correction”

Straightens us up – back to the standard.

God through the ministry of the Holy Spirit is not only interested in telling us of our wrong actions and motivations. He is there to build us up. The Spirit again uses the Word of God to build us up back to where we should be. Here we can see the difference of the Spirit and the evil one. The evil one would keep us feeling guilty so that we give up while the Spirit of God encourages us through teachings about forgiveness and restoration how to find His peace. He then straightens out our perspective that we would not need to fall anymore.

Think of how Jesus encouraged Peter after his betrayal. This is the ministry of the Spirit of Christ to build us up so that He might fill and use us.

“for training”

Combines life events and instruction to actually bring about godly life changes.

The Spirit of God carefully uses the Word of God to train us to rightly live in relationship to others. God does not just teach us to know that we should have a good marriage but trains us to have a good one.

The word (paideia) used here for training is the same general word used for the way parents train their children. This word includes in it the sense of chastisement along with positive instruction.

Summary: “in righteousness”

All four aspects are used for one purpose: for righteousness.

They all (teaching, reproof, correction, and training) are used to help us live in a right relationship with God and others. Since each of these four have the same preposition in front of it, it seems conclusive that all four work together towards the same righteous goal. Without either the Word of God or the Holy Spirit active in our lives, we can not grow much in our Christian lives.

The evil one purposes either (1) to keep God’s Word away from us or (2) distracted by temptation and sin so that the Spirit cannot bring the Word of God deep into our lives.

This purpose of righteousness is important but not the end of the process. Anyone that understands righteousness will immediately recognize that righteous living enables a person to rightly live in relationship with God and others, but there are other purposes for our lives that are built upon our righteous lives. Righteous living, then is the foundation for effective ministries. This is discussed in the next section.

The Goals


God’s Word is sufficient to help us be wise and godly people.

2 Timothy 3:17 begins with the word ‘that’ which introduces a purpose clause. As discussed above, the ‘man of God’ is a righteous man. He is the one that reflects God’s ways. The Spirit of God is able to work in and through these men of God. He uses two words to describe the way God further prepares these men of God for His work.

The task for which God has called us will regularly overwhelm us. At every crucial point of ministry, we will feel inadequate in and of ourselves. Note Paul’s difficulties. “For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within” (2 Corinthians 7:5).

God’s Spirit does not only equip us for righteous living but also for the spiritual battle that we are called to serve in. We are assaulted from each and every side, and yet the Spirit of God comes back and encourages us in the ministry of carrying out the works of Jesus through our lives.


God’s Word equips us so that He can do His divine work through our lives.

While the word ‘adequate’ seems to speak more of our faith and emotional confidence toward God, the word ‘equipped’ addresses our competency.

Those ministering to any poor and needy person will find that he needs extra wisdom, endurance and faith. God equips us through His mighty Word. We need to be careful not to trust in ourselves and experiences but to diligently discern how the Spirit of God would equip us as He did for Jesus Christ during His life on earth (John 12:49).

Jesus warned His disciples not to plan ahead how they were to defend themselves in a time of persecution because the Spirit of God would help them in such a time (Matthew 10:19-20). How we need the Word of God to be deeply implanted in our lives!

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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.

Context Summary

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.

Chapter Summary

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

What does 2 Timothy 3:17 mean?

Paul concludes this chapter and section on Scripture stating that it can make the “man of God” “complete” and “equipped for every good work.” The description “man of God” was used in the Old Testament of Moses (Deuteronomy 33:1), Samuel (1 Samuel 9:6), and other prophets (1 Kings 12:22). The term is not as common in the New Testament. There, only Timothy is referred to as a man of God. In addition to this verse, Paul uses the phrase regarding Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:11.

The man of God is helped by Scripture in two areas. First, he “may be complete,” a term referring to maturity. Timothy’s study and application of Scripture would make him a mature Christian man who could successfully lead other believers. Second, he would be “equipped for every good work.” Regardless of the need, Timothy would have the worldview he needed to properly live out his faith. It is accurate biblical understanding that better enhances biblical application to life’s issues.

Context Summary

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.

Chapter Summary

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

Author: J. Palmer

Living under the wings of God and the angels around me keeping me going and safe. Sharing the love of Christ.

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