2 Timothy 3:15-17 - How To Use The Sword.

2 Timothy 3:15-17: How To Use The Sword.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 (NIV) and how from infancy you have known the 
holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation 
through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is 
useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in 
righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every 
good work. 

2 Timothy 3:15-17 (NLT) You have been taught the holy Scriptures 
from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the 
salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is 
inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us 
realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and 
teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his 
people to do every good work. 

2 Timothy 3:15-17 (AMP) And how from your childhood you have had 
a knowledge of and been acquainted with the sacred Writings, which 
are able to instruct you and give you the understanding for 
salvation which comes through faith in Christ Jesus [through the leaning 
of the entire human personality on God in Christ Jesus in absolute 
trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness]. 16 Every 
Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for 
instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and 
discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy 
living, in conformity to Gods will in thought, purpose, and action), 
17 So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well 
fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. 

2 Timothy 3:15-17 (MSG) Stick with what you learned and 
believed, sure of the integrity of your teachers - why, you took in the 
sacred Scriptures with your mothers milk! Theres nothing like the 
written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith 
in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful 
one way or another - showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, 
correcting our mistakes, training us to live Gods way. Through the Word 
we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us. 


God Breathed / Inspiration

A description of inspiration is found in 2 Peter 1:21  For the 
prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God 
spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.   

What is the meaning of the phrase All Scripture is 
   This is a more literal translation of the Greek words that 
are often rendered "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God" 
(NKJV). The Bible is not a collection of stories, fables, myths, or 
merely human ideas about God. It is not a human book. Through the Holy 
Spirit, God revealed his person and plan to certain believers, who wrote 
down his message for his people (2 Peter 1:20-21). This process is 
known as inspiration. The writers wrote from their own personal, 
historical, and cultural contexts. Although they used their own minds, 
talents, language, and style, they wrote what God wanted them to write. 
Scripture is completely trustworthy because God was in control of its 
writing. The Bible is "God-breathed." Its words are entirely 
authoritative for our faith and lives. [The One Year Bible Companion re 

If God Himself had done the writing, the written Word would be 
no more accurate and authoritative than it is. [Scofield SB] 

All Scripture

All Scripture: The primary reference is to the OT, since some of 
the NT books had not even been written at this time. See 1Ti 5:18; 
2Pe 3:15-16 for indications that some NT books--or material 
ultimately included in the NT--were already considered equal in authority 
to the OT Scriptures. [NIV SB] 

Most of the NT books were written when Paul wrote this his last 
epistle; so he includes in the clause All Scripture is 
God-inspired, not only the OT, in which alone Timothy was taught when a child 
(3:15), but the NT books according as they were recognized in the 
churches. [Jamieson, Fausset, And Brown Commentary] 

Peter declares all Paul's Epistles to be Scripture (2 Pet 3:16). 
[Scofield SB] 


2 Timothy 3:16 is a very important verse for the doctrine of 
Scripture. Paul declared that all (not some) of Scripture is 
God-breathed. This term refers to the source of Scripture. It came from God 
(as if it were his breath) to the men who wrote it (cf. 2 Pet. 
1:21). This means that God so directed the human authors of Scripture 
that, using their individual interests and literary styles, his 
complete thought for man was recorded without error. As a result, the 
Bible is inerrant (an accurate record) and infallible (a reliable 
guide). [New Bible Companion] 

Scripture is useful for:
	Finding Salvation, 
	Learning and Teaching Truth,
	Pointing out error,
	Correcting error,
	Learning right living,
	Doing good works. [Ryrie SB mod]


There are many so-called sacred writings in the world, but 
only the Bible safely points the way to mans redemption. The great 
world religions, such Mohammedanism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, have 
holy scriptures, but these cannot make anyone wise unto 
salvation. Only the Bible reveals how men may break the bonds of sinful 
habits and find pardon from God. Consequently mans first duty should 
be to understand the Bible for himself. [SDA Bible Commentary] 

In His word, God has committed to men the knowledge necessary 
for salvation. The Holy Scriptures are to be accepted as an 
authoritative, infallible revelation of His will. They are the standard of 
character, the revealer of doctrines, and the test of experience. {GC 
vii.1} [Remnant SB] 

What is the purpose of the Bible? Of course, salvation is the 
first purpose (v. 15), but Christian living is also included. The Word 
is profitable for teaching (doctrine), conviction (reproof), 
setting right (correction), and discipline (instruction). It enables the 
child of God to become a man or woman of God, matured in the things of 
the Lord. Perfect (v. 17) does not mean sinless; it means 
mature. And thoroughly furnished means fully equipped (vv. 
16-17). So, the Bible transforms the child of v. 15 into a mature person 
in Christ; it equips the saints to be servants. [Wiersbe Expository 

   The Bible applies to all men and women in every culture, in 
every age, in every walk of life. It is God's supernatural manual that 
alone reveals the mind and ways of God so that humankind may know and 
experience His blessings. 
   The Bible is God's written record of His works through the 
ages. It provides substantial evidence of His nature, plan, and 
purposes so that we can confidently place our faith in Him. Because of 
the Bible, we are not left to archaeological, historical, or 
theological guesswork. We can know, for "it is written." 
   Because the Bible is inspired (God-breathed) it is life's 
final and ultimate authority. The Bible is the "last word" on issues 
pertaining to God and His ways. No individual, institution, or organization 
can supersede the authority of Scripture. 
   That is exactly why we are admonished not to add to or take 
away from the Scriptures (Rev. 22:18, 19). They perfectly express the 
decrees and judgments of almighty God. The Bible is authoritative 
because it is the truth: The entirety of Your word is truth" [Life 
Principles SB by Charles Stanley] 

   All Scripture is profitable! Knowing this, we cheat ourselves 
when we do not access every book, every truth, every verse, and every 
page of our Bibles for the promises and commands God has for us. 
Because every verse of Scripture is inspired by God and gainful to us, 
we should not pick and choose which verses we will read and study. 
We should not claim verses we like and ignore those that convict 
us! If we are to become mature disciples of Jesus, we must allow 
every Scripture to speak to us and teach us what God desires us to 
learn. Scripture enables us to evaluate the soundness of doctrines that 
are being taught. Scripture ought to be the basis for any reproof or 
correction we bring to another. 
   If you are not firmly grounded in Gods Word, you will be 
bombarded with an assortment of doctrines, lifestyles, and behaviors, and 
you will have no means to evaluate whether or not they are of God. 
You cannot develop a righteous life apart from Gods Word. 
Righteousness must be cultivated. As you fill your mind with the words of God, 
and as you obey His instructions, He will guide you in the ways of 
righteousness. Scripture will equip you for any good work God calls you to do. 
If you feel inadequate for a task God has given you, search the 
Scriptures, for within them you will find the wisdom you need to carry out 
His assignment. Allow the Word of God to permeate, guide, and enrich 
your life. [Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and Richard 

   Painters can be inspired by the sunset. Poets can be inspired 
by the person they love. Young people can be inspired by great 
athletes. But the inspiration God provided the writers of Scripture is 
quite different.  
   The Greek behind inspiration means "God-breathed." God didn't 
merely spark a good idea, fill a heart to overflowing, or fuel a 
writer's effort. Instead, God - through His Holy Spirit - influenced 
men's minds in a way that made them His agents for the infallible 
communication of God's revelation.  
   The Scriptures, although penned by the hands of men, are the 
very Word of God. To fully and accurately understand Scripture's 
truths, then, we must receive illumination or enlightenment by the Holy 
Spirit, the divine quickening of the human mind. Only the Holy Spirit 
can enable us to understand the truth that has been revealed and 
communicated by the power of God. Before you open the Bible, ask the Spirit 
to open your mind and heart to recognize and understand God's 
   Also, always open your Bible with trembling for you are about 
to encounter God's holy, life-changing, inspired Word. [Being Still 
With God Every Day by Henry Blackaby] 

   Why are the Scriptures described as a sword provided by the 
Holy Spirit? Quite simply, it is the Holy Spirit who has given us the 
Scriptures. They come altogether from Him. 
   It was the Holy Spirit who inspired men to write them: "Moved 
by the Holy Spirit, men spoke from God" (2Pt 1:21). Again in 2 
Timothy 3:16 we read: "All Scripture is inspired by God""a statement 
which assures us that the Scriptures come from the Holy Spirit. 
   The Bible is not a mere human document. The Holy Spirit 
breathed into men and inspired them to write the way they did. This does 
not mean that the people who wrote the Scriptures did so 
mechanically, in the way that a dictating machine would record someone's 
dictation. The Holy Spirit used their natural way of expression but gave 
them an additional ability to write without error. 
   It is vital, if you are to win the battle against Satan, that 
you not only see this truth but believe it. When you consider how 
powerful Satan is, you need something that is even more powerful. The 
Bible, the inspired Word of God, is your strength. 
   One step further"only the Holy Spirit can enable us truly 
to understand God's Word: "We have not received the spirit of the 
world, but the Spirit who is from God, in order to know what has been 
freely given to us by God" (1Co 2:12). Without the Holy Spirit, we 
would be no more able to understand the Scriptures than a blind man 
could judge a beauty contest. 
   Gracious Holy Spirit, just as You breathed into the Bible to 
give it its life and power, breathe also into my heart today so that 
I might know and understand its truth. I ask this in Jesus' name. 
Amen. [Every Day With Jesus Bible with Selwyn Hughes devotional re 
Deuteronomy 11:18] 

He [God] said the Bible was divinely inspired, not merely 
while it was written, God breathing through the writers, but also 
while it is being read, God breathing through the Scripture, and the 
Scripture breathing Him. [Jamieson, Fausset, And Brown Commentary] 


   What's the smallest part of a word? Answer: a letter. What's 
the smallest part of the Bible? Answer: a letter. Okay, that last 
question was a little tricky. The first thing that popped into your head 
was probably: a verse. But when the Bible was being written, it was 
done in books and letters - not chapters and verses. 
   About 800 years ago, chapters were added to the Bible. Three 
hundred years later, in 1551, the chapters were divided into verses. The 
divisions were created so it'd be easier to find specific parts of 
Scripture. Can you imagine saying, "My favorite sentence in the Bible is 
the one in Matthew that comes after the part where Jesus curses a 
fig tree"? It's much easier to say, "One of my favorite verses is 
Matthew 21:22." 
   Before the invention of the printing press around 1440, there 
weren't a lot of Bibles (let alone books). For the most part, only 
churches could afford to own a Bible. The people relied on priests to 
tell them what was in God's Word. Most Bibles were written in Latin, 
a language that only the well-educated could read and speak. John 
Wycliffe translated the Bible into English for the first time in 1382. 
Today, nine of ten families in the United States own a Bible. Bibles 
are also some of the most popular apps and get downloaded on 
hundreds of thousands of smartphones. 
   The Bible was never meant to be locked away and only listened 
to once a week at church. We should read and learn more from God's 
Word every day. The writers of the Bible knew its power. In 2 Timothy 
3:16-17 you'll find these words: "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" 
   How often do you read the Bible for yourself? The question 
isn't meant to make you feel guilty. But when you have a book that 
contains God's inspired words for teaching, training, and equipping for 
good works, it's something that deserves your time. This week try to 
read the Bible for at least five minutes every day. You'll be amazed 
at what you learn. [Case For Christ For Kids by Les Strobel] 

   Beginning our quiet time with God without our Bibles open is 
like trying to read in the dark "we'll have only limited, dim 
understanding instead of the bright illumination of God's Word. Without the 
knowledge of Scripture we are not only at a loss about how to pray in 
agreement with the Holy Spirit, but we are also impaired in our ability to 
receive God's response to us. 
   Someone once said, "When I pray, I speak to God; when I read 
the Bible, God speaks to me." We could add, "When I pray Scripture, 
I pray the words of God! When God's Word guides our prayers, 
they become a lively interchange of speaking and listening. 
   Do you desire God's wisdom for decisions? Do you need power 
to live and walk by the Spirit? Would you like to see God's 
intervention in the lives of others? Take your Bible with you into your 
prayer closet. Through it the Spirit will guide you in how to pray, and 
he will prepare and equip you for every good thing God wants you to 
   Thank You, Lord, for not leaving us to walk in darkness and 
for giving us the light of your Word to guide us. Help me to cherish 
the wonderful gift I have in your Holy Scriptures and to receive its 
teaching and instruction for my life. Guide my prayers through the 
inspiration of your Word. [Praying Through the Bible by Fuller re vv. 16, 

Prayer and The Word are inseparably linked together: power in 
the use of either depends upon the presence of the other. Andrew 
Murray (1828-1917)  

   What are the benefits of Scripture meditation? They are 
beyond telling. Here, however, are just some of the benefits the Bible 
offers to those of us who will take the time to meditate: (1) success - 
Joshua 1:8, (2) understanding - Psalm 119:99, (3) the ability to wisely 
discern between right and wrong - Psalm 119:11.  
   But the one that is most pivotal occurs in Psalm l - 
spiritual freshness. This psalm makes it clear that one of the secrets of 
staying spiritually fresh is to send one's roots down into the Word of 
God by meditation.  
   In my teens I knew a man, a miner by trade, whose spiritual 
freshness and radiance were responsible for turning many people to Jesus 
Christ. Just before he died, and in the company of several other 
Christians, I asked him: "What is the secret of your spiritual freshness? 
You always seem to be on top of things, always radiant. Tell me how 
you maintain this inner poise and power. He replied in one word - 
   I pressed him for some further thoughts on the subject. This 
is not a verbatim quotation, but as far as I can remember, this is 
what he said: "Meditation is letting your heart become the workshop 
of the unseen Sculptor who chisels in its secret chambers the 
living forms that contribute to character development and an increasing 
likeness to Jesus Christ. That old man, now in heaven, was one of the 
greatest illustrations I have ever known of the spiritual freshness and 
fruitfulness that comes from meditating on God's Word. His experience can be 
ours - if we meditate.  
   O Father, help me to master the art of Scripture meditation, 
so that through the written Word and by the meditated Word, those 
around me may see the Living Word. Amen [Every Day With Jesus Bible 
with Selwyn Hughes devotional re Psalm 39:3] 

   Timothy was besieged by false teachers and the inevitable 
pressures of a growing ministry. He could easily have abandoned his faith 
or adjusted his doctrine. Once again Paul counseled Timothy to 
remember his past and to hold to the teachings of Scripture.  
   The whole Bible is God's inspired word. Through the Holy 
Spirit, God revealed his person and plan to certain believers, who wrote 
down his message for his people (2 Peter 1:20-21). Because the Bible 
is inspired and trustworthy, we should read it and apply it to our 
lives. The Bible is our standard for examining everything else that 
claims to be true. It is our way to identify false teaching and our 
source of guidance for how we should live. It is our only source of 
knowledge about how we can be saved.  
   Like Timothy, we are surrounded by false ideas and images 
claiming to represent the truth. But we must not allow our society to 
distort or crowd out God's eternal truth. God wants to show you what is 
true and to equip you to live for him. Read God's word regularly to 
flood your heart with God's truth and to find direction in your life 
with God. [One Year NLT SB] 

   Little League coaches know that very young ballplayers have 
to use a tee to learn how to bat before they can swing and hit 
pitches. Surgeons have their interns watch procedures before they let 
them pick up a scalpel. Parents of budding violinists endure hours of 
squeaks before enjoying the beautiful notes of a school orchestra. 
Practice makes perfect - or at least makes things better.  
   The same principle applies to spiritual growth. Believers 
cannot get better (become more like Christ) without regularly studying 
God's Word and applying it to their lives. That is why Paul tells 
Timothy about the Bible's usefulness in teaching what is true and right. 
   God gave the Bible so that people could learn to love and 
serve him (2 Timothy 3:16-17). A lot of the study and learning we do 
in life aims to make us smarter or more knowledgeable. That will 
happen when we study the Bible, but it's not the main reason that God 
gave us his Word. God wants us to change our thoughts, behavior, and 
   Some people use their knowledge of the Bible only to win 
arguments or to make themselves look clever. Besides missing the aim of 
having such knowledge, they become worse people, not better, by falling 
into pride (see 1 Corinthians 8:1-3).  
   Never flaunt your knowledge of God's Word. Study the Bible to 
learn how to live, not to win an argument or to show somebody up. Seek 
to know Christ and learn to do good. [The One Year Through the 
Bible Devotional by Dave Veerman re vv. 3:14-17; 4:2, 5] 

   We spend one more day considering the proposition that apart 
from a relationship with God and an understanding of the Scriptures, 
we are unable to see life as a whole. The man or woman who knows 
and understands the Bible will be acquainted with the facts he or 
she needs to have in order to come to right and sound conclusions. 
So immerse yourself in the Scriptures. Understand that human nature 
is corrupt and that apart from the grace and power of God, men and 
women are unable to live up to their ideals. Realize that the 
spiritual is more powerful than the material, and unless the spirit is in 
control we will be driven by carnal desires. When people say humanity is 
getting better and that sin and evil are just the "growing pains" of the 
human race - what are the facts? You get them from the Scriptures and 
only from the Scriptures. What does the Bible tell us about evil? It 
says it is part of the human condition and can never be rooted out 
except through the power and the grace of God. So study the facts of 
Scripture. Read them, memorize them, and meditate upon them. When next you 
feel dispirited because you cannot make sense of something, ask 
yourself: What are the facts? Dig into the Scriptures and draw your 
perspective from what the Bible says. The root of many of our emotional 
problems lies in a lack of clear thinking - clear thinking based on 
Scripture. Think as God thinks about issues and you will feel as God feels 
about them. For you are not what you think you are, but what you think 
you are.  
   Father, I see now why so often my thinking about life is 
confused - my thinking is not based on the facts. Help me draw my 
deductions not from what I see in the world, but from what I see in the 
Word. In Jesus' Name. Amen. [Every Day Light devotional with Selwyn 
Hughes re Mat. 22:29] 


The Bible is the revelation of God to our world The jewels 
buried in it are inexhaustible; for it is the wisdom of an infinite 
mind.  FE444 

The creative energy that called the worlds into existence is in 
the word of God. This word imparts power; it begets life. Every 
command is a promise; accepted by the will, received into the soul, it 
brings with it the life of the Infinite One. It transforms the nature 
and re-creates the soul in the image of God.  ED126 

Each doctrine, teaching or truth in the Bible is a window to 
some aspect of Gods character.  Pastor Mark Finley 

I RESOLVE LIKE TIMOTHY: to be thoroughly acquainted with the 
Holy Scriptures. 
   If we are going to have that relationship with Jesus that 
brings victory today and heaven tomorrow; then this is an essential!  
How else can we behold Him and become more like Him. 
   John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
   2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in 
a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image 
from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. [source 




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