The Apex of Scripture
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness — 2 Timothy 3:16
This statement is the apex of this chapter. Paul has been leading Timothy to this point so that he could tell him to hang on to something important in the challenges that come — the Scriptures.
And in doing so, he gives us two unforgettable images that emphasize the importance and effect of Scripture. First, he declares that Scripture is the breath of God. With this, we hear Paul emphasize the life-giving importance that God has in connection with all humanity. Like God breathed into man's nostrils to give him life at the beginning of time (Genesis 2:7), so humanity is sustained by the breath that comes from his Scripture. The connection and imagery are unforgettable. God gives physical life with the breath of his lungs, but he also gives spiritual life the breath of his Word.
Second, he adds another image by proclaiming Scripture has a profit. It produces a profit of righteousness. And not a lot of things in life guarantee a profit, but Scripture does. And not just one profit, but four — it teaches, reproofs, corrects, and trains. And while Paul is concerned about Timothy and his future in a world of corruption and unrighteousness, he knows that he will be fine if he clings to the life-giving breath of God because it will profit him in every circumstance.
But we really need to ask ourselves these two questions. Do we really rely on this life-giving breath? Do we truly believe it has profit? If so, then today, we should cling to its truth and trust less in our ideas and opinions. And over time, as we grow more knowledgeable of the words within this book, we will grow more intimate with the God of all creation who wants us to profit in all we do.
ASK THIS: Do you rely on Scriptures' life-giving breath? Do you believe Scripture has profit?
DO THIS: Confess what you might rely on more than God's Word. And then memorize the verse above. (Confess in the comment section below.)
PRAY THIS: God, hear my confession. I know I need to spend more time intaking your breath so that I might enjoy its profit.
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