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SCRIPTURE
Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.

OBSERVATION AND UNDERSTANDING
Scripture first of all and above all is from God and about God, His self-revelation to fallen mankind. From Genesis through Revelation, God reveals His truth, His character, His attributes, and His divine plan for the redemption of man, whom He made in His own image. He even foretells the eventual redemption of the rest of His creation, which "also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God" and which "groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now" (Rom. 8:21-22).

Scripture is the revelation conveyed, inspiration is the means of that conveyance. In the words originally revealed and recorded, all Scripture is God's inerrant Word.

The first predicate adjective that describes Scripture, namely, its being inspired by God, focuses on the authority of His written Word. Theopneustos (inspired by God) literally means, "breathed out by God," or simply, "God-breathed." God sometimes breathed His words into the human writers to be recorded much as dictation. He said to Jeremiah: "Behold, I have put My words in your mouth" (Jer. 1:9). But, as clearly seen in Scripture itself, God's divine truth more often flowed through the minds, souls, hearts, and emotions of His chosen human instruments. Yet, by whatever means, God divinely superintended the accurate recording of His divinely breathed truth by His divinely chosen men. In a supernatural way, He has provided His divine Word in human words that any person, even a child, can be led by His Holy Spirit to understand sufficiently to be saved.

It is of utmost importance to understand that it is Scripture that is inspired by God, not the men divinely chosen to record it. When speaking or writing apart from God's revelation, their thoughts, wisdom, and understanding were human and fallible. They were not inspired in the sense that we commonly use that term of people with extraordinary artistic, literary, or musical genius. Nor were they inspired in the sense of being personal repositories of divine truth which they could dispense at will. Many human authors of Scripture penned other documents, but none of those writings exist today, and, even if discovered, they would not carry the weight of Scripture. We know, for instance, that Paul wrote at least two other letters to the church at Corinth (1 Cor. 5:9; 2 Cor. 2:4), but no copies of those letters have ever been found. The letters doubtless were godly, spiritually insightful, and blessed of the Lord, but they were not Scripture.

Many men who wrote Scripture, such as Moses and Paul, were highly trained in human knowledge and wisdom, but that learning was not the source of the divine truth they recorded. David was a highly gifted poet, and that gift doubtless is reflected in the beauty of his psalms, but it was not the source of the divine truths revealed in those psalms.

MacArthur New Testament Commentary, The - MacArthur New Testament Commentary – 2 Timothy.

LIFE APPLICATION
We must make the reading and studying of scripture a high priority as it...
Shows us God, who is truth and the measure by which we must live
It exposes the areas where we are sinning against God
It gives us an understanding of the way we should live so that we please God and fulfill His plans for our lives

DRAWING NEAR TO GOD
Take a moment to meditate on God and who He is each day.  Here is an attribute to meditate on.  Write down what God would reveal to you about this.

God (Father, Son & Holy Spirit) is Personal - He is intimately present and aware, caring & loving; He knows you and me totally and wants what is best for us and for His glory; Christ is our "personal" Savior and He is our Mediator and Advocate with the Father; Even as God is "transcendent" (separate from, above and beyond, and infinitely greater than all creation), He is also - by His own sovereign choice and purpose - "immanent," meaning intimately close-up, involved, and present in our individual lives. As He demonstrates such closeness, He desires and intends that we be communal and in constant fellowship with one another, as we are united in Him; He desires for the intimacy He has with us to be extended by us within the community of faith.

Ask yourself these questions...

(1) What does this attribute mean about us and our attitudes? 

(2) Where would we be if God/Christ did not have this attribute? 

(3) What is our proper and reasonable response to this attribute of God? 

(4) What things is the Holy Spirit revealing to us as we meditate on this attribute of God? 

(5) How can we relate this attribute of God to the righteous life, atoning death and life-giving resurrection of Jesus Christ?

 

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