WHY DID GOD GIVE US HIS WORD?
4 Pillar Purposes for the Holy Scriptures
There are 4 reasons detailed in 2 Timothy 3:16 for the holy Scriptures being given to us by God. Under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, the apostle Paul wrote:
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:16
According to this verse, the Bible has been given to the people of God for 4 reasons: Doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. Let us take a brief look at these 4 reasons so carefully presented here concerning the very purpose of the Bible.
Doctrine - (Gr. DIDASKALIA): that which is taught; teaching, instruction. An individual's doctrinal body of truth consists of that which he has been taught and holds to be true.
Reproof - (Gr. ELEGMOS): proof, proving, test. It is vital, as the noble Berean believers demonstrate and John commands, to test every doctrine that comes from the mouth or pen of men, against the holy Standard - the Scriptures. This is, in part, what is being spoken to us by the Holy Spirit in this verse at hand. Therefore, we conclude that we have been given "All scripture" in order to exercise "reproof", or testing of men's doctrines against the holy Writ. (Acts 17:10-11; 1 John 4:1)
Correction - (Gr. EPANORTHOSIS): a restoration to an upright state or right state. Since we have all sinned and been as “as sheep going astray” (1 Pet. 2:25) the Scriptures are "given by inspiration of God" to bring correction into our own hearts, and into the hearts of all who heed the divine message.
Instruction in Righteousness - (Gr. PAIDEIA): training in righteousness is what is meant here. The Bible is given to train us in the ways of the One who inspired the very words of Holy Scripture. It is the rule book of life which can never fail anyone who would search out and do its commands. All of life's answers, as pertains to walking according to our Creators will, are found within its pages (2 Peter 1:3-4; Psalms 33:11; 119:128a). Many a godly pilgrim, journeying through this earthly life, has found divine will and direction from the words of Holy Scripture.
The verse following this monumental 16th verse, v17, also reveals to us another reason for the Scriptures - "That the man of God may be perfect (mature), throughly furnished (equipped) unto all good works". This maturity will come as a result of the workings of God as we walk with Him. He will teach our hearts His doctrine, His correction, His reproof, and instruct us in righteousness.
In closing, what are the 4 reasons that God gave us His Word in written form?
- instruction in righteousness
Memory Verse: 2 Timothy 3:16
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