“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching us what is true, and rebuking us when we are wrong.
If that’s all that the Bible did – tell us how we messed up, how terrible we are, how we are repeat sinners, etc. – the Bible would be a terrible book!
How would you like to be around someone who only told you how terrible and messed up you were all the time! Eventually, we would get to the point where we couldn’t stand to be around them. We would avoid them at all cost.
That would be terrible if we were that way with God and his word!
Thank God that the Bible does more than telling us what is wrong with us. After letting us know where we are wrong, the Bible tells us how to correct it.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, and correcting,” and thank God for that!
Not only does the Bible tell us, “Boy, James. That was a dumb thing to say to your wife. Now go apologize to her, and here’s how you honor her and love her as Christ loves the church.”
We don’t make up our own way to fix our problems. God shows us how to do so through the Bible.
A. W. Pink says, “We cannot know God’s will if we are ignorant of God’s word.”