All Scripture is inspired by God
2 Timothy 3:16–17 (NASB95)
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
All Scripture is: “inspired by God” (NASB), “breathed out by God” (ESV), “given by inspiration of God” (KJV1900), or “God-breathed” (NIV)
All Scripture is Profitable for Four Things:
Profitable for Teaching
Profitable for Reproof
Profitable for Correction
Profitable for Training in Righteousness.
Scripture: makes the man of God, “adequate”(NASB) or “complete”(ESV).
Scripture: “equips”(NASB) or “fits out”(Greek), the man of God, for every good work.
Equips the Man of God > “for every good work”. “Good works” as described in Col 1:9-10.
The Sacred Writings Give Wisdom
2 Timothy 3:15 that from childhood you (Timothy) have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
The Sacred Writings: give wisdom that leads to salvation, through faith in Christ Jesus.
The Word of God Really is the Word of God
1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.
The Word of God really is “the Word of God” and “Not the word of men”.
The Word of God “performs its work, in those who believe”.
The Scriptures were written for our Instruction and so we might have Hope
Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
The Scriptures were “written in earlier times” meaning the Old Testament times, “for our (believer’s) instruction”, or our teaching, or our doctrine, “so that”, meaning for that reason, “through perseverance and encouragement” that the Scriptures bring us (believers) “hope”, meaning to look forward in confidence to that which is good and beneficial for us.
What happened in the Old Testament Scriptures was written for our Instruction and our Example
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now these things happened to them (Israel) as an example, and they (these things) were written for our (believer’s) instruction, upon whom (believer’s) the ends of the ages have come.
The things that were written concerning what happened to Israel in the Old Testament Scriptures were written down for us believers for our instruction or our teaching or our doctrine, upon whom the end of the ages have come, meaning the age of the Gentiles.
1 Corinthians 10:6 Now these things (of Israel) happened as examples for us (believers), so that (reason) we (believers) would not crave evil things as they (Israel) also craved.
The things that were written concerning what happened to Israel in the Old Testament Scriptures were written down for us believers, in this age, so that we believers would not crave evil things the way Israel craved evil things that led to them being cursed instead of blessed by the Lord.
No Prophecy of Scripture was ever made by an act of Human Will
2 Peter 1:20–21 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit, spoke from God.
No Prophecy of Scripture “was ever made by the act of human will” or created by men. Men reveal God’s will and God’s words “spoke from God”, when “Men moved by the Holy Spirit” write it down and communicate those writings to others.
Prophecy of Scripture was made by Men moved by the Holy Spirit, spoke from God
True Prophecy occurs when God initiates communication with Men, in His timing, to reveal His Will, His Plan, and His Purpose, (Isa 46:8-11).
The Revealing of the Word of God > is Not “a matter of one’s “own interpretation” or unraveling or explanation of what God’s Word “is” or “says”. Prophets, in this context, don’t decided what God’s words “are”, God decides what His words are. It is not the intent in these verses to address the exegesis of the Word of God, but to reveal the source of word of God. To understand or know the meaning of the Word of God, what the Word means by what it says, Men need separate additional assistance from the Holy Spirit as explained in 1 Cor 2:10-13.
God Reveals things to the Heart of Man through the Spirit
1 Cor 2:10-13 10 For to us (believers) God revealed them (the things revealed to “the heart of man”, 2:9) through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so (in the same way) the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but (received) the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things (freely given) we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those (words) taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
For Believers > God reveals His “wisdom” for and “to our glory”, 1 Cor 2:6-7. God reveals His wisdom through the Spirit, 1 Cor 2:10. True Believers understand the wisdom of God, with the help of the Spirit, from God. To understand the meaning of the Word of God, what the Word means by what it says, Men need separate additional assistance from the Spirit “so that we may know the things freely given us by God” 1 Cor 2:12, or to understand “the thoughts of God” and accept what God’s Word says, it must first be revealed to “the heart of man”, 1 Cor 2:9, “it must be taught by the Spirit” and “not in words of human wisdom”, 1 Cor 2:13. Why Not human wisdom ? Because “No one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God“, 1 Cor 2:11.
The Natural Man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God
1 Cor 2:14 But a natural man (a unsaved and unbelieving man) does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they (the things of God, revealed by the Spirit) are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised (“revealed through the Spirit”, 1 Cor 2:10 and “taught by the Spirit”, 1 Cor 2:13. “To us (believers) God revealed them”, 1 Cor 2:10).
For Unbelievers or a Natural Man > Does Not accept the “wisdom” of God as revealed by the Spirit of God. Why? Because God’s Words are spiritually appraised and he can not understand them, because he does not have the Holy Spirit, who reveals or gives him the ability to understand God’s Word.