Inspired From God

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
— 2 Timothy 3: 16-17

Not some, not a few but 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.

I use to have a saying I used often from the pulpit, "if you get into the Word, the Word will get into you". That's kind of like the preacher who was asked what the best translation of the Bible was. His answer was, “When you translate it into your life.” That was a great answer because that’s what Bible study is all about. If you’re not translating God’s Word into your life, you’re not studying the Bible the way God intended. When I was a kid I would read books like "Custer’s Last Stand", "Davy Crockett" and other adventurers and those characters would take over my whole being.

Have you ever asked yourself why God gave us the Bible? Many will say, it was to inform us which is correct but they stop with that. God gave us the Bible to not only inform us but to transform us. It should give us a bigger heart, not a bigger head. James 1:22 says, "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." In other words, God wants our beliefs turned into behavior.

God makes his purpose for the Bible even more clearly in our text, 2 Timothy 3:16-17. The purpose of the Bible is more than just showing us what is wrong in our lives or how we should live. God gave us his Word to radically transform our lives.

Have you ever noticed all the ways the Bible describes itself? To name a few, it calls itself a sword, a hammer, and a scalpel. All of these are tools designed to make radical changes. God intends for the Bible to dramatically change our lives.

The Bible also describes God’s truth as milk, water, bread, and meat. What do all those things have in common? If you don’t eat or drink them regularly, you’ll die. We were never meant to live without the Bible. There are so many malnourished Christians walking around! Obesity is not one of my favorite subjects since I fit in that category. But I would love to be obese from eating God's word!

The Bible is essential to our lives because it gives us life. In fact, the Bible also talks about Jesus as the Word of God. John 1:14 tells us that the Word became flesh or human and made his home among us. God gave us the Living Word, Jesus, to be the author and finisher of our faith, and he gave us the written Word to prepare us to live out our faith.

A pastor over heard one of his church members tell a deacon that he was going to start reading the Bible every day. The pastor said that the man had been a Christian for years but lived a very worldly life. The pastor watched this man and as the weeks and months passed, the pastor saw a radical and miraculous change came over the man. What happened? He got into the Word and the Word got into him and changed his life. It will do the same for you too. God Bless!