Food for the soul of man.Matthew 4:4 - Man shall live by every word from the mouth of God.
Jeremiah 15:16 - Thy words were found and I did eat them.
Psalm 12:6 - The words of the Lord are pure words.
Psalm 119:162 - I rejoice at thy word as one that findeth great spoil.
Psalm 138:2 - for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
Thessalonians 2:13 - the word of God effectually works in you that believe.
The God-Breathed Word
II Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
ALL SCRIPTURE GOD BREATHED
- All scripture - From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21
is - italicized words in the King James version mean they were added. Not in the Text given by inspiration of God -is one word in Greek. "theopnuestos" = GodBreathed.
- profitable -worth something.
- doctrine - right teaching. What is right to believe.
- reproof - tell you when you are wrong.
- correction -tell you how to get back to right believing.
- instruction in righteousness -teaches you the right way to live.
God is a spirit and does not breathe. To give God a human characteristic is a figure of speech used by God in the Bible to emphasize a point. In this scripture the emphasis is on the source of scripture. It came from God! This same figure is used of the word of God in Matthew 4:4 where is says that man should live on every word that comes out of the mouth of God.
PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE, REPROOF, CORRECTION: INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS
The Word of God is profitable to man in three ways. It tells us how to believe rightly. It reproves us when we are wrong. Then it tells us what is right again as correction to get us back to believing rightly. It is easy sometimes to say someone is wrong. The important thing is to tell someone how to do it right when they are wrong. The Bible works that way. Right teaching, Reproof when we are wrong, Correction to get us back on the right track. These three equal instruction in righteousness. How to live rightly.
The Church Epistles Doctrine Reproof Correction Romans Corinthians Galatians Ephesians Philippians Colossians Thessalonians No reproof or correction. Thessalonians tells of the return of Christ. No more possibility of wrong practice or doctrine.
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