As Christians, the book we cherish most is the Bible. It is sometimes called scriptures or God’s Word. Yet, how much do we really know about it? We can learn so much about the Bible and it’s uses from the words in 2 Timothy 3:16.
Studying the Bible in more depth, as opposed to reading the Bible nonchalantly, will help us to not only understand God’s Word, but will also help us to get closer to God and accept His love. The Bible is so helpful to us. It is God’s global and personal message to us. All we have to do is open our hearts and take it all in. If we let it, God’s Word will transform our lives.Read more about 2 Timothy 3:16 and how “All scripture is God breathed”: All Scripture is God Breathed and Profitable
All Scripture is God Breathed
Some versions say “God breathed” and some say “given by inspiration of God” or something similar to either one. Even though I usually use the King James Version, because it is in the public domain, I like the words “God breathed”, because it sounds so much more personal and powerful to me.
So, what does “God breathed” mean? Does God give one big exhale and out comes the Bible? LOL. No. It is more of a metaphor or analogy for meaning that God inspired the words which people wrote that later became known as the Bible. I also believe that the “breath of God” part of scripture shows the life-giving value of His Word.
If we want to delve deeper into the meaning of a word or verse in the Bible, we can look it up in a concordance. Strongs number for the word about which we are speaking is G2315.
We can see the importance of God’s breath in verses such Genesis 2:7, Job 33:4, and John 20:22. (*Note: In the former two verses, the “breath” is from God the Father and in the latter verse, the “breath” is from Jesus.)
Scripture Has a Universal Message for Everyone
Through scripture, God give all of us universal messages. The Ten Commandments are good examples of these. God wants everyone to love Him. He wants everyone to honor his or her parents. He doesn’t want anyone to covet or desire the things of anyone else. He doesn’t want anyone to go around killing people. These are rules He has given everyone by which to live their lives. The meaning is the same for everyone.
God’s Word Has Personal Messages for Each Individual
Although the Bible has some universal rules and messages by which to live. It also has personal messages for each individual. God, in His infinite wisdom, gave us personal messages as well, because He wants a personal relationship with each one of us.
We all have different lives. God doesn’t want a bunch of cloned robots running around all looking alike and doing the same thing. That is not life. He wants a living, breathing, loving relationship with us.
When we each read or study God’s Word, God often nudges each of us to take the same scripture verse in a slightly different and more personal way. I don’t know about you, but for me, that is a wonderful feeling. I like that God has a special message just for me.
Before I go any further, I want to share a personal story about the breath of God with you.
I have been having some sleep issues for quite a while now. They aren’t fun and they aren’t healthy. Yet, I have been growing and learning from them. (Although, I wish my “growing and learning” could be from other, more fun sources now.)
Anyway, on this particular night, I had trouble sleeping and God prompted me to focus on breathing. (At this point, in addition to sleep issues, I had some mild breathing issues maybe due to some slight sleep apnea, a cold, and maybe some allergies or dry stuffy air.) So, instead of getting up or just laying there, I laid flat in the bed and started breathing. I breathed in through my nose and out through my mouth.
At first, my breaths were quite short. It was difficult to breathe deeply. Yet, as I continued more and more, focusing on each inhale and exhale, maybe changing position or breathing techniques slightly, my breaths became deeper and deeper.
I thanked and praised God as I noticed the changes in my breathing. There was even a point where I could feel something changing within my body, almost as if there was a clog and it was suddenly opened. Best of all, some of the breaths I took felt like they were literal breaths from God. They were stronger and more peaceful than any breaths I had taken in a long while. I also felt like I had more energy than I had felt in a long time.
I didn’t sleep much that night, which is what I had prayed for before trying to go to sleep. However, I did spend the night with God and I felt His love, His peace, and His strength, as well as His life-giving breath. It was a bummer that I didn’t get much sleep, but I wouldn’t trade that night for the world. And, I even felt quite rejuvenated the next day, after the few hours of sleep that I did manage to get after that experience.
Even with my story and testimony, each person who reads it will get a personal meaning from it. There could be many, many views on why God presented Himself to me in that way and what it meant.
Scripture is Everlasting
Regardless of what the world may tell us, God’s Word never goes out of style. The words written in the Old Testament before Jesus was born on earth and the words written in the New Testament after the birth of Jesus are just as relevant for us today as they were to people in biblical times. The Bible is still life-giving words by which we should live our lives.
Some scripture verses that talk about the everlasting concept of God’s Word are Psalms 119:89, 1 Peter 1:25, and Matthew 24:35.
God’s Word is Helpful and Profitable for Many Reasons
In 2 Timothy 3:16, we see that God’s Word is not only “God breathed”, but it is also “profitable”. The verse also gives specific reasons or situations for the helpfulness of scripture. These are all great reasons to read, study, and learn the Bible. They may all seem very similar, however, there are some subtle differences. Let’s delve into them.
Scripture is Useful for Doctrine
The Bible is useful for doctrine. What does that mean to you? To me, doctrine or more specifically the God’s Word is what we are taught about God, about His will, about His love, and about how we are to live.
It is important to not only read the Bible, but to also study it. It is our instruction manual in knowing how to be God’s people. The Word of God is the information we need in order to know how to live, how to know God and His will, and how to love God and accept God’s love.
Scripture is Useful for Reproof
The Bible is useful for reproof. What does that mean to you? To me, reproof is the answers. Like if someone asks, “How do you know you are going to heaven?” or “How do you know you are supposed to do this or that?” you can point to specific verses and say, “This is how I know”. The Bible is the proof we can use to show ourselves and others of what is right and what is wrong, as well as how we should live.
Knowing the Bible helps us to be confident that we know what we are supposed to do and what the consequences will be if we don’t do them. If we know God’s Word and live according to His word, we can rest in the peace of the truth about what we can expect.
Scripture is Useful for Correction
The Bible is useful for correction. What does that mean to you? To me, the correction is how we can make things right. Sin is all around us in the world. We all sin. There is wrongfulness, distress, upheaval, violence and sin of all kinds all around us. Yet, the Bible tells us what we can do to change that and work towards making things right again.
The Bible reminds us of forgiveness and repentance. It reminds us to pray for God’s will for doing our part in building His kingdom. It reminds us not to act in vengeance.
Scripture is Useful for Instruction in Righteousness
The Bible is useful for instruction in righteousness. What does that mean to you? To me, it is the loving guidance, encouragement, and discipline we get from God. It is the prompting to do His will through the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit reminds us of God’s Word.
This is the same instruction we are called to use with our children and with each other. We are called to encourage each other in living lives according to God will for us. We might send verses of encouragement, sympathy, or even discipline in reminding friends and family of God’s love for us.
Final Thoughts about 2 Timothy 3:16 and God’s Word
We can learn much from not only 2 Timothy 3:16, but the entire Bible. Yet, I like 2 Timothy 3:16, because it packs quite a bit of information and knowledge in one verse. It is like one of the “pillar verses” by which we can learn other content and verses in the Bible.
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