In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Paul writes to Timothy and tells him, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” This epistle to Timothy is one of three pastoral epistles. This book is especially written to strengthen the leadership of the church but even if you are not a leader in the church the message still applies for you. The Bible was written over the course of thousands of years, over 40 different writers, over 1100 chapters, written on 3 different continents, in three original languages, and 1 ultimate author. The Bible has history in it telling the beginnings of mankind, it has narrative telling powerful stories, it has poetry which displays the beauty of God, it helps us with grieving when we are down, and yet instructs us to praise God and shows us the source of our joy. The Bible has instructions on marriage, on raising children, on paying taxes, and even has 21 dreams that show us God is active in our dreams. Very simply the Bible is the book. It has been quoted and used and misused throughout history. But Paul wrote to Timothy in verse 16 one of the most important points about the Bible and that is that it came from God. All scripture is from God ultimately and he spoke his message through men. And the purpose of this writing according to verse 17 is that it is for us. It was written for you. I remember passing love letters to girlfriends in grade school. I would write them up and fold them and hope they made my girlfriend smile when she read them. I wrote those letters just to remind her that I loved her in the way I knew love at that time. Well God loves us with a much more powerful love. Agape love. And this Bible is here to instruct us, reproof us, strengthen us, prepare us but ultimately remind us that we are loved by God. The Bible is the book!!
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