October 17

2 Timothy 3:14-17

“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” vs. 16

Those who hold that the bible is the literal and infallible word of God often point to this little verse as their prooftext. Sometimes they miss the obvious point that this text refers only to the Hebrew Scriptures–what we call the New Testament didn’t even exist when this was written. Still their assertion deserves our attention. What does it mean to say that scripture is inspired by God? Most followers of Jesus hold that he is the Word of God and that the bible is a very human collection of books by which we come to know him. Most would also say that the bible is inspired. That does not mean that God dictated its words to the human writers or that it should be interpreted literally. What it does mean is that the bible is a reliable testimony by which we come to know the amazing grace and love of God. Two thousand years after it was written we still find it “useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” We pore over its pages and are alternately convicted and perplexed by the writings of our faith parents. As we study their insights and observations we gain valuable perspectives for own journeys. The bible is the most valuable book we have as followers of Jesus. We neglect it at our peril.

Thought for the Day: What’s the best bible study I’ve ever had?

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