All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. – 2 Timothy 3:16
The Bible is no ordinary book. Unlike all other books, the Bible is supernatural in origin. The Bible “has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy” (Baptist Faith and Message).
The Bible is a trustworthy book because “all scripture is God-breathed.” The words of Scripture were written over a period of 1400 years by at least forty different authors. These human authors were diverse in background. Some like Moses and David were great leaders. Others, like Peter and John were fishermen. Still others, like Isaiah and Jeremiah were prophets. Yet the Bible has one grand theme – the redemption of guilty sinners through the sacrifice of the Lamb of God who is Jesus.
When we read the prophecy of Daniel or the letters of Paul, we are not just reading their opinions. We are reading the very Word of God who breathed out of holy men His trustworthy Word. Therefore, we affirm that every book, every chapter, every verse and every word found in the Bible is the Word of God.
Our “God-breathed” Bible is the most useful book ever written. There is great profit for the Christian who saturates his mind with the words of Scripture. First, the Bible teaches us about God and how we can be reconciled to Him. Second, the Bible rebukes us when we sin. Third, after being rebuked for our sins, the Bible corrects us by showing us the correct pathway to follow. Fourth, the Bible trains us to live righteous lives which glorify God.
As we memorize this verse let us remember that we do not stand over the Bible to judge whether we agree or disagree with its teachings. Instead, affirm the Bible as the supreme standard to which we submit every thought, word and deed. As we submit to the teachings of Holy Scripture we are being conformed to the image of Christ.