All Scripture is Given by Inspiration of God
Have You Been Receiving Correction and Instruction for Righteousness?
by J.M. Troppello
Scripture has been given by inspiration of God. It is meant to help the believer understand doctrine, be reproofed, receive correction, and get instruction in righteousness—so that the believer may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. If you’ve been reading the Bible solely to get edified and for the ‘positive’ stuff, then you are not on the right track for optimal Christian growth in your spiritual relationship with the Lord. I did that for a while in my earlier years as a Christian. However, you should look at the Bible as your guidebook.
It is a love letter to you from God. Yes, there are many encouraging and edifying Scriptures to read and apply to your life. But, there are also ‘not so fun’ parts to read where you will be reproofed and disciplined. Yet, that’s the special and amazing aspect of the Bible. You’re here on this earth to grow in your Christian walk and to serve God and His Kingdom in Heaven.
One important way to serve God’s Kingdom is by being a good witness of the Gospel message to unbelievers. If you don’t study the Bible, how can you share the good news of the Gospel? Sure, maybe you’ve memorized the well-known verse of John 3:16 where it states, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” You also need to know many other verses – or at least where to find them in your Bible – so that you can fully show the pathway to salvation and subsequent discipleship.
You need to read the Bible daily and immerse yourself in it. That way you can understand how God has called you to behave like a Christian. Behaving like a genuine Christian can play a pivotal role in witnessing for the Gospel message without even saying a word or sharing any Bible verses.
This passage from 2 Timothy 3:10-17 is titled The Man of God and the Word of God in my NKJV Bible. I love that phrasing. As a new creation in Christ, you are of God, and you have the ultimate resource at your disposal – the Word of God – for help in growing in the Lord.
10 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim. 3:10-17, NKJV)
I love the following quote from Matthew Henry. “The Bible is a letter God has sent to us; prayer is a letter we send to Him.” I know I keep hammering this truth home in all my articles, but it’s vital to your spiritual growth to read, study, and apply the Word of God in your life each day. Getting deeper into God’s Word daily and spending time in prayer and praise has positively impacted my walk with the Lord.
Have you been receiving correction and instruction for righteousness?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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