Sharper Than A Sword!

2 Timothy 3:16,17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Jesus said in Matthew 4:4 that “’Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Well, there’s so much meat in these two scriptures that we could chew for days and be spiritually nourished. But for today I just want to give you a little better understanding from looking at a few words in these verses about the importance of feeding on His Scriptures.

To begin with, the verse starts out with ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God. What does ALL mean? It means every word, regardless of it’s grammatical placing in the sentence or verse, has a specific reason for being in God’s word. It has a place in our lives to give us spiritual nourishment. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.

Scripture – Greek word “graphe” – Strong’s #1124 – means a document, anything written, the holy writ, the Scriptures. Graphe points to the divine author with the idea that what is written remains forever identified as the living voice of God.

The Scriptures are and will forever be identified as the “living voice of God”. The word “inspiration” means that it is God-breathed! God’s word is so important to us because it is God-breathed; His very own voice speaking to us to give us strength and nourishment for our spirit man!

The verse goes on to say that the Scriptures are profitable to us! Profitable means that it is useful to us. It brings gain into our lives. The Word goes on to say that the profit it gives is in four different areas: doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness. So, let’s look at these four words a little more in detail so we can gain a greater understanding of the importance of God’s word.

Doctrine – Greek word didaskalia – Strong’s # – means that which is taught.

Doctrine, in God’s word means the teaching of God. It is His principles and precepts spoken out of His mouth that is alive and powerful to work for our good, to our advantage.

Reproof – Greek word elegehos – Strong’s #1650 – means proof, conviction, evidence.

God’s word proves itself; it never goes against what other Scriptures on the same subject would reveal. It convicts our hearts and gives evidence of the way we should be living. Another translation says it rebukes or tests us bringing conviction where it’s needed to convince us of the way we should be living.

Correction – Greek word epanorthisis – Strong’s #1882 – means a restoration to an upright or right state which brings a person to an improvement of life and character.

When we are headed down the wrong path, God’s word will correct us so that we are restored to a right way of living. It improves our lives; our character and our position bringing us into right thinking. The word of God shows us how to stay on the right path.

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

Instruction – Greek word paideia – Strong’s #3809 – means education or training; chastening, instruction, nurture.

The word of God educates and trains us through discipline and nurture. This word gives the implication of the training of a child where all forms of instruction are applied: education, training, correcting, disciplining, instructing and nurturing. God’s voice as it is breathed into our hearts trains us in how we are to live in righteousness; His right way of living.

Righteousness – Greek word dikaiosyne – Strong’s #1466 – means that which is consistent with God’s nature and promises; God’s right way of doing things.

The Word of God teaches us, tests us on what we learn, convicts us when we are wrong, convinces us of the correct way of living, restores us to the right path of life, improves our character and our position in Christ Jesus, and trains us through every means used to bring up a child. The Word teaches and trains us in how to live according to God’s way of thinking; His right way of doing things that are beneficial or advantageous to our character as a Christian. It is profitable to us; bringing us gain in our lives. God’s Word is His living voice recorded for all to see and as we read it and apply it to our lives we are changed!

The last part of verse 17 says the reason we need God’s word in our lives is because it brings us to completion and fully equips us for every good work. It gives us the equipment that we need to fulfill the plan that God has for our lives. God’s word gives us what we need to do the work that He has called us to do. It prepares us for life, not just for this moment, but for what lies ahead so we will be ready to meet His calling.

Have you had your next meal from God’s word yet? Why not jump in there and eat until your filled and satisfied?

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Father, I thank You for Your word. I thank You that it is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword. Father, I thank You that it goes deep into our hearts and divides between our soul and our spirit; it divides and cuts out those motives and thoughts that do not line up with Your will and desire for us to live our lives. Thank You for it’s ability to pierce through the darkest thoughts in our minds. I pray, this morning, that we will all dig in and study Your word, taking it into our hearts and I ask that You would cause it to sink deep into our hearts and change us. Father, we need the words that You have breathed Your life into. We need the life that it brings to us to give us spiritual nourishment. Please speak to our hearts and help us overcome the inconsistencies in our lives. Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my prayer. I believe that I receive when I pray according to Your word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Roberta Northern
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 08:34:07

    Avie,

    I have found in my life that His Word is living and breathing and gives me life to my spirit, soul and body.

    The life that is infused into me by His ever living Word is what washes me and transforms me by washing my mind and my stinking thinking so that my thoughts and mind line up with His Word of life.

    My spirit grows stronger by diving into His presence by swimming in His Word of life.

    When I first opened the Bible in 1972 I was enthralled with His Word and could not stop reading it. I kkept on reading and reading and the more I read the more I changed.

    I even got healed from artheritus by reading His Word and His promises.

    His Word renews, restores, rejuvinates and regenerates me to life and that life more abundant then ever before.

    His Word is Himself and to know our Father and our Savior and their precious Holy Spirit we need His everlasting Word which changes not.

    His Word is from everlasting to everlasting and never ending and is truth that I need to function and to live a long strong and satisfied life of health, wealth and abundance in the name of Jesus.

    This is truly a dynamic blog that has to be taken to heart and applied on a daily basis.

    Thank you

    Reply

  2. gaby1948
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 10:48:24

    Wonderful disection of the Word! I agree totally our friend that said…we cannot tear out any pages and think they are “not for today”! So many have done just THAT! God Bless you, Avanell, and please keep following the Lord’s leading in what you teach!

    Reply

    • aviesplace2012
      Sep 06, 2012 @ 10:51:03

      Thanks, Gaye! I agree that we must look at the word in view of it’s complete content, not just the part that we agree with. Thanks for your continued support and encouragement!

      God Bless! Hope you are feeling better today!

      Avanell

      Reply

  3. Julie Ann Hensley
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 13:51:18

    What peace overcomes me when reading your blog! Thank you for inspiring us to more intently study God’s living Word : )

    Reply

    • aviesplace2012
      Sep 07, 2012 @ 15:50:30

      Thank you, Julie Ann, for your comment! It’s good to hear from you. May you continue in the Word and grow closer to the Lord with each passing day!

      God Bless!
      Avanell

      Reply

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