“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” – 2Timothy 3:15-16
LIGHT FOR THE NOW: The profitability of scriptures is seen in teaching.
Apostle Paul’s statement in the above text firmly established that the crux of the message of the bible is salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. Hence, the profitability of scriptures will be seen in our skillfulness of teaching salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. The message of salvation cannot be well taught if not well understood. Let’s observe verse 16: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”. It is important to note in this text that Paul was not discussing four (4) different elements but a singular element which is doctrine. Moreover, you will observe that throughout this book, Paul did not use the words reproof, correction and instruction again, but consistently used the word doctrine (2Timothy 4:2-3 for instance). This shows that what Paul was discussing in 2Timothy 3:16 was doctrine, the other three (3) words (that is, reproof, correction and instruction) were to further explain doctrine; that is, they are found in sound doctrine.
Hence, Paul was not discussing four different things in this text; rather, he was discussing the profitability of scriptures for doctrine which produce reproof (conviction/assurance), correction (restoring to original state/straightening) and instruction (training). In other words, in the doctrine of salvation comes reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness. The skillfulness of a preacher will be seen in how he handles situation in Christ Jesus. Paul’s words in verse 15 for further clarity: “…salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus”. If salvation is through faith in Christ Jesus, it simply means that outside Christ, we cannot understand salvation.
Salvation is Christ, salvation is in Christ and by implication, and the message of the bible is Christ. Christ is the central theme, the focus, the subject matter of the bible. God’s salvation plan is unveiled because salvation was planned before time. By Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, that plan was accomplished.
INSTRUCTION: Be Christ focused.
PRAYER: My eyes are fixed on Jesus and what he has accomplished for me in his death, burial and resurrection, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE:To understand salvation, you need Christ.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LUKE 24; EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1