Abide in the God-Breathed Scriptures

The memory verse for January 2012 is 2Timothy 3:16-17.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Paul’s second letter to Timothy was written while Paul awaited execution. In pointing Timothy to the hope that is in Jesus Christ, Paul warns of the difficult times that are sure to come. Those who live a life devoted to Jesus Christ should expect persecution (2Tim 3:12). Confronted with truths like these, Christians today are often tempted to seek out new and fresh ideas to ease our troubles – ten steps to a better life. Often times, we avoid living a Godly life to escape persecution or suffering. But, Paul warns against flocking to modern-day experts and against avoiding trials to seek comfort and convenience. Instead, his advice is to continue with what you already know to be trustworthy, the Holy Scriptures (2Tim 3:14-15).

Our memory verse tells us that all Scripture is “God-breathed.” The Bible is not merely “inspired” by God, as some translations recite. God did not just arouse certain feelings in human authors. Rather, the Bible is His divine product. The Psalmist writes, “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth (Ps 33:6).” In the same sense that God is the creator and originator of the stars and the heavens, so He is the author and originator of the words of Scripture.

Therefore, hold fast. Remain. Stay put. Abide in the Bible, which is “able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2Tim 3:15). Jesus Christ alone saves you from sin, guilt, and condemnation, while keeping you through the trials ahead. The Bible alone is the ultimate authority in revealing Christ and His words for us. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Read it. Memorize it. Steep yourself in it. May the word of Christ dwell in us richly in 2012.