All Scripture–Inspired and Profitable

2 Timothy 3:16-17–All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

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All scripture is given by inspiration of God. Not just some of it but all of it.  It is not by the will of man but is given to man through the Holy Spirit.  Men spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (2 Peter 1:21).  The thoughts, the words, the content did not originate with the men, but were given to them by the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit moved the men to speak or write it.  This often happens when the word of God is preached.  The Holy Spirit gives insight during the presentation of the message that the preacher has not seen or prepared and the preacher under the influence of the Spirit speaks it.  The preacher, himself is then surprised by the message he is presenting.  The Spirit is revealing and teaching the word of God to the preacher even as the preacher is presenting the message to the people.

All scripture is profitable–it profits us, it is for our gain and to our advantage.

* For doctrine–teaching us the true facts.

* For reproof–proving what is false and wrong in our thinking and in our lives.

* For correction–changing what is wrong to what is right; bringing us to repentance, a change, a new direction.

* For instruction in righteousness–teaching and training us. Conveying the knowledge of righteousness and the wisdom to apply this knowledge that we might walk in     paths of righteousness.

That we might be perfect–complete, and equipped. That we might be completely furnished with everything we need to accomplish the good works that God has before ordained that we should walk in them.

Therefore we are to study the scriptures to show ourselves approved unto God, workmen that need not to be ashamed, but rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).  We must not just study the scriptures but give ourselves to them by being doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving ourselves.