All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…
I graduated from high school in 1966. Can you imagine the changes in textbooks since then? My old science book would be amusing if not laughable. If you’re still blessed with youth, hang in there. Many of the things you learned in school will ultimately become obsolete or be proven wrong.
In fact, as time marches on, our world changes around us. Thankfully, there is one thing that has remained constant, true, and consistently reliable through the ages. That’s the Bible.
Oh, there have been changes to the appearance of the Bible, and there have been numerous translations and transliterations. But the meaning has not changed.
“All Scripture is God-breathed…” The Bible comes from the heart and mind of Almighty God. He inspired human writers to pen His words for our benefit. Through their personalities and writing styles, the Lord superintended, controlled, and guided the recording of the Bible.
Make no mistake, although penned by human writers, the Bible is the word of God. “And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13
This greatest of all books is “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…” Although the times in which the Bible was written were different from today, God’s word was transmitted in such a way as to remain topical and relevant. The application of His truths are unchanging and unchangeable.
The Holy Spirit inspired the writing of Scripture.… no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20-21
And now the Holy Spirit illuminates God’s word to enable us to understand God’s truth and make application for daily living. “What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.” 1 Corinthians 2:12
A great example of how the Spirit enlightens us is found in Luke’s gospel in Chapter 24. After the resurrection, Jesus was met on the road to Emmaus by two discouraged and dismayed disciples. In verse 27, we read: “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” But it wasn’t until He broke bread with them that the Spirit turned on the light of understanding. “Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.” (v31)
Have you ever read a passage of scripture that spoke to your situation in a bold new way? Despite having read it many times before, the meaning jumped off the page producing new understanding, hope, and a course of action you had not previously considered. That’s what happens when the Holy Spirit illuminates God’s word. Isn’t it exciting to experience such revelation, and to know that God is speaking to us in such a real and meaningful way?
Only believers can have this experience, but sin can be a hindrance. To get the full benefit of God’s word, we must strive to walk in the Spirit.
The Bible is God’s primary means of speaking to His people. To ignore this truth is to deny yourself the instruction and inspiration of the supreme Counselor.
The Bible is “God-breathed.” When you read it, you’re not just reading any book. It’s the ultimate “talking book.” God has spoken and continues to speak as the Holy Spirit opens your heart to minister to your daily needs and concerns. The more you read it, the more you hear the Lord’s voice in every scenario, every situation. From God’s heart to yours. The Bible really is the greatest book ever written.
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Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.