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 complete, equipped for every good work.
(in order of mention from sermon)
Things We Learned Last Time in Genesis…
- That believers can and do learn even from areas of debate in Scripture.
- That being called “Men of Renown” is not necessarily a good thing.
- That we must comprehend God’s immutability to understand God.
Things to Learn About My Own Walk with God this Week…
- That God revealed to us a distinct set of authoritative truthes.
- That there is a reason for believers to use the Scriptures.
- That God wants us to have all the tools we need to do what we are called to do.
‘Profitable’ – ὠφέλιμος (ōphelimos) – “…useful, beneficial, advantageous… for someone or for someth[ing]…”1 According to Paul, this word is used to describe what Scripture actually is; it is both God-Breathed (having God’s Breath), and it is equally useful or beneficial for something.
‘Complete’ – ἄρτιος (artios) – “…being well fitted for some function, complete, capable, proficient… able to meet all demands…” 2 So according to Paul in 2 Tim 3:17, Scripture is God-Breathed and useful so that we would be well-fitted, able to meet any demand God places on us.
‘Equipped’ – ἐξηρτισμένος (exērtismenos) – Describing someone who has had the dramatic and completed action of being made “…adequate… equipped… furnished…” 3 performed on them.
Norma Normans non Normata – “The Norm of Norms That Is Not Normed” This is the principle the Scripture is the measure of truth, and when interpreted correctly, cannot be corrected by any other source.
First, then, the question is not, Whether the Church labors under diseases both numerous and Grievous… but whether the diseases are of a kind the cure of which Admits… of longer delay… therefore, it is neither useful nor becoming to await the result of slow remedies. 4
1 William Arndt, Frederick W. Danker, and Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 1108.
2 William Arndt, Frederick W. Danker, and Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 136.
3 James Swanson, Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains: Greek (New Testament) (Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997).
4 John Calvin, Theodore Beza, and Henry Beveridge, Tracts Relating to the Reformation, vol. 1 (Edinburgh: Calvin Translation Society, 1844), 125.