COMPLETE AND EQUIPPED

TEXT: 2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

In this world everyone wants to make a profit, but the most neglected resource is our bibles. The Scriptures are the most profitable commodity on earth. Paul told the young preacher Timothy that every Scripture was God breathed. The Holy Spirit used the minds and vocabularies of holy men, and they wrote the Scriptures. Every Scripture and every book of the bible is profitable. It is profitable for teaching or showing us God’s view of a particular subject. It is also profitable for reproof or what God forbids us to do. Moreover, it is profitable for correction or how to make right our wrongs. It also trains us in instruction in righteousness or how to live right and to be pleasing in God’s sight. As we apply the Scriptures to our hearts it does two things. The first thing it does is it makes us complete or mature in Christ. We begin to grow as believers. We learn what to do, what not to do, how to correct wrongs, and how to live godly. The second thing it does is it equips us for good works. In other words we will be able to help others. We will train them how they can live a godly life and how they can  fix their personal problems. Since we have received help from the Scriptures we are able to give help. God did not give us a bible just to read it and memorize it. He gave it to us that there might be an inward transformation that will manifest itself outwardly with good works.

SUGGESTED PRAYER:

Dear Lord,

I ask that You change my life through Your word. Search my heart and show me my faults that I might be able to mature in You. Then Lord equip me to do good works. Thank You for the Scriptures, and let me see and understand that spending time in Your Word is the most profitable investment I can make on this earth. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

OUR MESSAGE

TEXT: 1 TIMOTHY 3:16

Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

Paul summed up the whole Christian message in this verse. This particular scripture  was a hymn of the early churches. In fact, this is a one verse summary of the entire  New Testament. This can be  a life changing message if we would just  submit to God. In this passage we see the great mystery of God Himself. God appeared to us in the flesh. He was God,  and yet a man. He was born of a virgin to take on human form. He was God,  but in His humanity he hungered, grew thirsty, and grew tired. As God He answered prayers,  and yet as man  He prayed to the Father. He left His throne  to come down to our arena to redeem us. He was declared just or righteous by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit put His stamp of approval on the work of Jesus by raising Him from the dead. He was seen by angels. The angels announced His birth, ministered to Him, and witnessed His ascension to heaven. He was proclaimed among the nations showing that He was not just the God of the Jews but also of the whole world. He was believed on in the  world or the whole Roman Empire at the time of Paul’s writing. Then He was received back to heaven having obtained eternal redemption for us. Right now He is at the right hand of the Father to intercede on our behalf. Do you know Jesus? If you have never trusted Him why not accept Him today? If you have already trusted Him what is your great need of the hour? He is listening! He wants to plead your case to the Father.

SUGGESTED PRAYER:

Dear God,

I accept Your Son Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I do not quite understand it all,  but I believe He is my Savior. I turn from my sin, and ask that You will save me. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.