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God's Word is Useful for Training in Righteousness
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; We come to the last point in this text, where Paul has been listing for Timothy various ways in which the inspired Scriptures are useful. At first sight, there is a lot of similarity between correcting and training in righteousness. Both uses have to do with the difference between right and wrong, and doing what is right. However, on closer inspection there are differences in emphasis. First, "correction" has to do with setting us right when we have gone or are in danger of going wrong. "Training in Righteousness", on the other hand, is about creating within us the fixed habit of doing right all the time. Second, and necessarily, "correction" refers to individual events in our lives where we have done or are tempted to do wrong. "Training in Righteousness" is a lifetime process that every believer undergoes during his or her time here on earth. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to make us holy too, and as we shall see soon, the Word of God is above all others the means He uses to bring about this lifelong process of sanctification. Do you want to be holy, as Jesus was? If not, there has to be a serious question about whether you are truly saved or not. But if that is your hearts desire, to achieve it you must live in an environment permeated by God's Word. You must read it, study it, meditate upon it and listen to faithful preaching of it. If you do not do these things, your desires after holiness will be little more than fond wishes and your progress in holiness will be difficult to measure or to perceive. So choose training in righteousness this week, and use the tool that God Himself has design to be useful to bring it about!

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