As Christians we all want to grow to be more Christ-like. The problem is that we are far from perfect. We all struggle with different sins: anger, lust, anxiety, doubt, jealousy, (the list goes on). The battle with these sins can often be increasingly discouraging. Often our hearts cry out for help, but we don’t know where to turn. We need encouragement.
Timothy himself was in need of similar encouragement when Paul wrote the book of 2 Timothy. Timothy was at a low point in his life. Although he was the pastor of the church at Ephesus, he was discouraged and unsure whether or not he had the right tools to continue the spiritual struggle. Paul writes to encourage Timothy with words that all Christians need to pay careful attention to.
Paul tells Timothy in 2 Tim 3:16-17 that all Scripture is “inspired by God.” Literally, it reads “God-breathed.” This signifies that Scripture comes directly from God. It does not come from human wisdom, but directly from the divine source. As such, Scripture is “profitable for teaching” (i.e. training someone in proper doctrine and thinking), “for reproof” (i.e. correcting false doctrine and thinking), “for correction” (i.e. correcting sinful behavior), “for training in righteousness” (i.e. training proper behavior). In sum, Scripture is given by God so that we may live lives that are pleasing to the Lord.
Notice that verse 17 reads, “in order that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” The word “adequate” means completely capable. In other words, Paul is reminding Timothy that Scripture is given by God so that Christians lack nothing and are completely capable of living out God’s calling for their life because we have Scripture.
The application of these two verses is this: God’s Word holds the power to equip us to live the way we ought to. It only remains that we read it and apply it faithfully.