“You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. 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. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:15-17.
Let me first put my bias out there and say, I love the bible, I find it rich in knowledge, exciting to read, engaging in it’s stories and challenging to my faith. Other don’t feel the same about it, ‘it is old’, ‘badly written’, ‘doesn’t make sense’, ‘in need of updating’, ‘socially outdated’, etc, but even if you look at it on it’s most basic level,
- it is a book of stories of men and woman living a life devoted to God,
- on a deeper level it is a manual on how to live everyday with Christ whilst being informed as to the history of faith,
- on the deepest level (that I have understood it so far) it is a living word that even just one word can literally speak to your heart and transform your life.
Who wouldn’t be excited about getting up in the morning to read it if every word was like that to our hearts and we understood it completely.
But that’s not the way it is, that’s not (in my mind anyway) how God designed it to be, if every word we read told us exactly how to live, it would remove the need for relationship, it would allow us to have bible scholars that actually understand exactly what every word meant not olly literally but spiritually, as it was from God’s mouth, it loses it power if humans can actually understand it fully. I think that it is designed to just be a book to some men, to be like a story for others, a history textbook for academics and a load of rubbish to others. But then when the relationship with Christ is right something exciting happens and God opens up ‘Remah’ to us (Greek word for ‘God’s word revealed’) and we actually see the living word that transforms our situation and our lives.
As it eludes too in verse 15, we are taught the Scripture from childhood (not quite like Hebrews but same idea), so that when the time comes we have the wisdom to recognise our own shortcomings and realise our need of God’s salvation in our lives. Some of us choose to stay in this stage, the stage where we know all the verses that offer us peace and prosperity we learn on day one of sunday school but because we don’t go any deeper we get sick of waiting for it to kick into our lives and we never actually find Jesus to claim it.
‘All scripture, (even the boring bits, or bit we don’t want to agree with) is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.’
The last part of this verse is translated in the New King James Version (yes I read, the ‘New Old Boring Version’) it says:
‘…that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.’
I can tell you that if God word is what makes ‘a man complete and equipped’, I certainly don’t need any more convincing to do my devotions before I leave the house each day.
Just a Thought.