Wednesday Word 11.09.2016
2 Timothy 3:14-17 New International Version (NIV)
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
“God-breathed.” This term came into use in the King James translation begun in 1604 for the Church of England from the original Greek word “theopneustos.” It is the origin of the term “inspired” as the Greek was translated into Latin in the 4th century. How you look at this concept will determine what effect the Holy Scriptures will have on your life.
Take me, for example. I have been scribbling down my thoughts on the Scriptures every Wednesday for more than six and a half years. The expression “my thoughts” is something of a misnomer. Most of the time, I have absolutely no idea what I am going to type. Yet, week after week, words are put to page. There is no way that anyone can convince me that the Holy Spirit does not whisper in my ear or poke me in the ribs! I am nobody special; no scholar, no theologian. But, in reading The Bible over the course of the last sixteen years, my life has been revolutionized. I have been inspired … meaning new life, new joy has been breathed into my heart and mind. When I spend time contemplating the scriptural text and the Pastor’s sermon from the previous Sunday, I know that these words take on a different kind of impact than any other book I may read or talk I may hear. That is because these words are rooted in the record of God’s relationship with his people. I have opened my heart to these words. This different kind of impact emboldens me to try and express my very personal experience of Holy Scripture.
Was every word in the Bible literally dictated by God? I don’t know, I wasn’t there. What matters to me is that these words have been revolutionizing people’s lives for thousands and thousands of years. We can see the evidence of their power with our own eyes and in our own lives. We are so blessed to have had access to these words, God-breathed or inspired by God however you consider them, for our whole lives (whether we took advantage of that access or not), in order to prepare us for the salvation that Jesus died to give us. We need to be taught, rebuked, corrected, and trained in order to learn how to live the Kingdom life God wants for us beginning right now. We need to know as much as we can about the God who loves us and how to share that fabulous news! The Bible is there for everyone…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ,