One Vital Bible Study Key “Scripture and Inspiration”
“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.” KJV 2Timothy 3:16-17.
As we begin this course of study in this first lesson on the vital keys of understanding the Bible it also is in addition for the work and ministry of God’s Holy Word and proclaiming the truth of that Holy Word with the Spirit of God is directing them in order to start with the Spirit’s direction of teaching them understanding. Why I have stated a course of study is mainly to point out that as you study the Bible you will find that it is a course in life and of the study Divine will of God and moreover it is the study of God’s word. In this lesson also you will find many definitions as guidelines for understanding the scriptures.
Always remember that God’s direction is part of the vital key for understanding the inspired Word of God. The Spirit of God said give them an example within a question and the question is: Are the Scriptures verbally inspired by God? Answer: I have done much reading and studying from many resources and others about the inspired Word of God. The one fact that I believe to explain my point of logic is what I read an is as follows: “A Bible class teacher recently made the statement that the Scriptures possess ‘plenary’ inspiration, but that it may not be claimed that the sacred volume is ‘verbally’ inspired of God.” Can you clarify the differences in these terms?
Let me say this with all love for being respectful that I firmly disagree with this teacher explanation of Plenary and verbally. Looking at, “plenary” which means “full, complete, for attendance by all members” (Webster’s Dictionary). Verbal “of, in, or by means of words, 2 in speech; oral 3 of like, or derived from a verb verbally ADV. (Webster’s Dictionary) Therefore, we must use a logical consideration about the Bible in any inspired sense, it must be verbally inspired by God.
When addressing biblical inspiration or the inspired Word of God it can only be, defined as the work of the Holy Spirit. In addition, by which we must also consider without setting “apart or aside” this fact about human faculties, therefore, take note that God has always guided His prophets and apostles which wrote the inspired Word of God to write exactly what the words the Holy Spirit conveyed, of His truth to which He gave unto mankind. Moreover, the Word of God as it was given unto us in the Bible is a product of two agents, Divine and human. Through “fallible or weakness” human authors or writers, God manifested the “infallible and errorless” writing of the Holy Scriptures, which convey His Divine instructions or message.
Nevertheless, God choose to have human involvement in writing of the Holy Scripture. However, we must also consider this important factor or issue. The important concept which I am speaking about is this which you will find in your ministry that some will choose and pick some parts of scriptures as it has inspired them and while other do the same with the scriptures that are not then the entire truth of the Holy Scripture and therefore it will soon fall apart. Therefore, who has the authority to decide the extent of inspiration, but God Himself? In addition, we find that Paul made it clear and very clear that all scripture, is inspired by God Himself here in 2 Timothy.
It is important to recognize that God has provided us with a Divinely prescribed method for understanding His Holy Word written by which the apostle Paul wrote unto Timothy found in 2 Timothy 2:14-15. Within this command of Paul’s I believe it means to “give diligence and be zealous” this involves a total effort of one changing their mind. In addition, it means our emotions and our will in study to bring in remembrance the truth of God’s Holy Word. Furthermore, there is in this key the means of rightly dividing the word of truth meaning this principle of “cutting straight” the word of truth. Moreover, the apostle Paul not only appeals to Timothy for effort to be made to properly interpret the Word of God, but also the ministers and Christians today.
“Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.” 2 Timothy 2:14 KJV
“Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless, and leads to ruin of the hearers. 2 Timothy 2:14 NASB
charging—Greek, “testifying continually.” before the Lord—See 1 Timothy 5:21. that they strive not about words—lit., “not to fight with words,” “not to have a war of words” (2 Timothy 2:23-24; 1 Tim. 6:4). to no profit—lit., “profitable for nothing.” to the subverting—sure to subvert (overturn) the hearers: the opposite of “edifying” (building up).
“New Commentary Whole Bible”
That they strive not about words We need to consider 2 Timothy 2:14 closely because of what Paul writes and charges Timothy: words, not things, have been a most fruitful source of contention in the Christian world then as well as today. In addition, among religious people, the principal cause of animosity has arisen from the different manner of apprehending the same term, while, in essence, both meant the same thing. All preachers and leaders of the church should be very careful, both in speaking and writing, to explain the terms they use, and never employ them in any sense but that in which they have explained them.
The subverting of the hearers—This is the general tendency of all polemical divinity and controversial preaching, when angry passions are called in to support the doctrines of the Gospel.
As we study these five vital keys for understanding I would address this question: What kind of knowledge do you need to be a minister? Below are seven kinds of knowledge needed.
Knowledge to proclaim
Knowledge to teach
Knowledge to obedience
Knowledge of light
Knowledge of truth
Knowledge of word
Knowledge of the law of the heart
The purpose for seven principles of knowledge should be a clear implication that there is a wrong way and a right way to divide the Word of God’s truth. In addition, it is well to note that Paul does not, as many individuals seem to suppose, simply says we are to study to show ourselves approved in rightly dividing the word of truth. Why? I personally do not know about others but, I believe we are to make the right divisions, correct, and proper distinctions with great care and remember, we are handling God’s Holy Word. Clearly our studying of the Word is for the purpose of showing ourselves approved as workmen or servants who need not be ashamed when we stand before Him. As you study the five vital keys to understanding the Bible you will find these seven principles of knowledge as the seven principles of interpretation or rightly dividing the word of truth.
A. “profitable for doctrine”
Hebrew and Aramaic Dictionary
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible
calach, saw-kan’; a prim. Root; to be familiar with; by impl. to minister to, be serviceable to, be customary:-acquaint, profitable, cherish, advantage, ever, profiteth, treasuer, unprofitable
Tsaleach means “to succeed, prosper
General reference to Genesis 24:21; 2 Chronicles 26:5; Jeremiah 12:1; Psalms 45:4
When we teach from the Old Testament and the time that Abraham sent out his servant to find a wife for his son Isaac it is well to note that the servant of Abraham begin wondering if the Lord had made his journey prosperous Genesis 24:21. Again not what is stated in 2 Chronicles 26:1-5 speaks about Uzziah who sought God in the days of Zechariah and God made him prosper? Now as we consider Jeremiah 12:1 you need to understand that in chapter 12 of Jeremiah we enter into a very evil time in the period of life in the nation of Israel and the only light of God comes from the prophet Jeremiah.
In addition, at this point of time in Jeremiah conditions seem to only get worse. I believe that we can say with all honesty Christians has doubts that comes into their hearts. Furthermore, every pastor who has ever stood for the things of God at times wonders why God does not move.
Means to tell one what to believe
As minister in the mystery of God’s Word we must be self-sufficient
1 opheleia primarily denotes “assistance”; then, “advantage, benefit,”; “profit,” Rom 3:1. See ADVANTAGE,
2 ophelos “profit” in James 2:14, 16 See ADVANTAGE
3 sumphoros, the neuter form of the present participle of sumphero is used as a noun with the article in Heb. 12:10, “(for our) profit”; in some mss. in 1 Cor. 7:35 and 10:33 (See No 4); in 1 Cor.
Young’s Analytical Concordance to The Bible
1 What is over and above
Eccl 10:10 More strength: but wisdom (is) profitable
2 Very useful
2 Tim 4:11 for he is profitable to me for ministry
Phm 11 unprofitable, but now profitable to thee
1 Tim 4:8 but godleness is profitable unto all things
2 Tim 3:16
Titus 3:8 those things are good and profitable unto
1 To make or give profit
Isaiah 44:10 a graven image (that) is profitable for nothing?
2 To profit
Job 22:2 Can a man be profitable unto God
Job 22:2 is wise may profitable unto himself?
3 To prosper
Jeremiah 13:7 the girdle was married, it was profitable for nothing.
4 To bear together, advantage
Matthew 5:29-30 for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish
Acts 20:20 I have kept nothing back that was profitable
B. “for reproof”
Means to tell one what is wrong Exposure to sin
elegmos “a reproof” (akin to B), is found in the best texts in 2 Tim 3:16 (some mss. Have elenchus, which denotes “a proof, proving, test,” as Heb 11:1 “proving,” RV marg., “test”). Cf. elenxis, “rebuke,” 2 Peter 2:16 (lit., “had rebuke”).
elencho, “to convict, rebuke, reprove,” is translated “to reprove” in Luke 3:19; John 3:20, RV marg., “convicted”; the real here is “exposed” (KJV marg., “discovered”); Eph 5:11, 13, where “to expose” is again significance; in John 16:8, KJV, “will reprove” (RV, “will convict”); 1 Cor 14:24, RV, “reproved” (KJV “convinced”); in the following the RV has “to reprove,” for KJV, “to rebuke,” 1 Tim 5: 20; Titus 2:15; Heb 12:5; Rev 3:19; for synonymous words see CONVICT and REBUKE.
Vines Complete Expository Dictionary
C. “for correction”
Means of Benefits of
God’s judgments Jeremiah 46:28 Needed for children Proverbs
The rod Proverbs 22:15 Sign of sonship Proverbs 3:12
Wickedness Jeremiah 2:19 Brings rest Proverbs 29:19
Prayer Jeremiah 10:24 Makes happy Job 5:17
Scriptures 2 Timothy 3:16
Means to tell one how to correct wrong Prepares individuals for
Christian service that their faith
1 To manifest, reason with, reprove, “yakach”
Proverbs 7:22, 15:10, 22:15, 23:13; Jeremiah 2:19, 5:3, 7:28; Zeph 3:2
2 Reproof, reasoning, “tokachath” Proverbs 3:11 neither be weary in correction
3 A setting aright, “epanorithosis” 2 Timothy 3:16
4 A rod “shebet” Job 37:13 whether for correction, or for land
D. “for instruction in righteousness”
Means to tell one how to live Seek for Divine counsel
As I began to seek a fuller understanding of instruction in righteousness the more I began to see that I needed to understand from the Hebrew meaning.
1 Instruction “muwcar” moo-sawr’ fig. reproof, warning or instruction; also restraint: correction, chasten, chastisement, bond, discipline, doctrine, rebuke.
This noun occurs 50 times mainly in Proverbs. General reference to (Proverbs 1:2, 9, 4:13, 5:23, 8:33, 35, 13:18, 15:32, 22:15, 24:32; Jeremiah 5:3, 35:13, 53:5)
2 Nurture, instruction, “paideia” 2 Tim 3:16
E. “thoroughly equipped for every good work”
God’s inspired word, properly used and applied, provides all we need for life in ministry.
Steps required for minister ministering
Personal Purification or spiritual preparation
2 Timothy 2:21 “If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s and prepared unto every good work.” KJV
This is also known as spiritual cleansing
James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye doubleminded.” KJV
General reference to Isaiah 1:16; Jeremiah 4:14; Acts 22:16; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 John 3:3
As a minister you must look at the requirements in spiritual necessities and what those requirements consist of. Remember what Christ stated in the gospel of Matthew 18:3, Christ stated that we must have a childlike spirit and be converted or we shall not be able to enter into the kingdom of heaven. Two Vital Bible Study Key