The Bible Tells Me So
The Apostle Paul wrote Timothy with this assurance, “All Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV) or as the (KJV) declares, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God”. Paul was stating that all Scripture is absolutely truthful, complete, and with a purpose.
Scripture dictates our moral as well as our spiritual behavior. We are guided by “The Truth.” Without proper Spiritual guidance we would allow personal behavior and opinions to influence our standard of living.
The written Word of God is complete and timely for all generations and never outdated. The writer of Hebrews 7:25 words it this way: “Therefore He (Jesus) is able to save those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.”
In addition to salvation, the written Word of God adds another purpose. Scripture is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. Someone once said that learning is “a continuous process whereby an individual changes their behavior pattern.” And teaching is aiding this process along. Whether we are instructed from the pulpit, in a classroom or at home we never outgrow the need to obtain righteousness. Regardless of years of experience or age sometimes we fail and need Spiritual growth and strength. Paul points out the need for rebuking and correcting. Many times this involves self-disciplining. However, there are times when rebuking and correcting must be administered by someone else, but with a very compassionate and gentle approach. I am reminded of a poem written by John Clifford.
The Anvil of God’s Word
Last eve I paused beside the blacksmith’s door,
And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime;
Then looking in, I saw upon the floor,
Old hammers, worn with beating year of time.
‘How many anvils have you had’, said I,
‘To wear and batter all these hammers so?’
‘Just one’, said he, and then with twinkling eye,
‘The anvil wears the hammers out, you know.’
And so, I thought, the Anvil of God’s Word
For ages skeptic blows have beat upon;
Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard,
The Anvil is unharmed, the hammers gone.