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God's Word is Useful for Teaching
2 Timothy 3:16–17 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. In our previous reasons, we have seen what the Word of God is. We are now beginning a series of meditations on what it does. As before, we will see what the Bible itself has to say on this subject. We begin with a very well-known text, where Paul tells us that the Scriptures are useful for teaching. As believers, we are supposed to grow in grace and in the knowledge of God, and we know that God has given us Special Revelation of Himself and His purposes in the Word. It is curious, then, that some people in the church are ready to dispense with the Bible, believing that they have some direct line to God, or some instant way to get the knowledge of Him that they need. But in our text, God tells us that He breathed out all Scripture, that it is useful for teaching us, and that it will thoroughly equip us for every good work. Why would anyone think that there is another way to grow and to be equipped to serve God than the one He tells us about here? Why would we think we can do without the Word of God when the One Who caused it to be written says it is useful to equip us through its teaching? We see no reason to seek something new to instruct us when God says He has supplied us with a thorough guide already. We do need to consider one more thing on this topic, though, because we need to understand that it is not enough to believe that the Bible is useful to teach and equip us we actually have to avail ourselves of its teaching. We must read it and hear it preached we will not be able to absorb its truths by osmosis as it lies on a nearby shelf! So let's avoid both errors in the coming week - neither seeing no need of the Word, nor seeing the need and yet not using it. If we would know God better and serve Him better, the Bible is the principal means God has given to those ends.

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