Welcome back from our week of rest, and blessings on your lives as we continue the 2019 Topical Memory System Challenge!
Let’s start with prayer:
Praise be to you, O LORD our God, who shows your power, your might, and your steadfast lovingkindness by giving us your Scriptures, which are breathed out by your Spirit, fulfilled by your Son, and which you say are profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in all righteousness. Amen.
Paul wrote his second letter to his disciple Timothy from prison, as he awaited execution. He begins the letter showing his concerns that Timothy safeguard what he has learned (2 Tim 1:14), ensure the continuance of the Gospel by making disciple-making disciples (2 Tim 2:2), and endure the coming tribulations as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Tim 2:3).
In chapter 3, he warns of the coming godlessness of “the last days” that will infect even the Church (2 Tim 3:1-9). As a prescription against that disease, he exhorts Timothy to hold to the discipleship he has received from Paul, ending with the admonition of our memory verse (I’ve added verse 17 to complete the thought):
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. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
As I’ve said before, I’m a visual learner. The “highway” illustration has helped me visualize and memorize 2 Tim 3:16.
Imagine your Christian walk as a highway or path. God’s word is a lamp for that path (Ps 119:105), illuminating the way with teaching [the KJV translates this “doctrine”].
Yet we all stray from time to time and take a wrong turn, lured and enticed by our own desire (Jas 1:14). When this happens, Scripture can be useful for reproof or rebuke, warning us that we have left the path and calling us to turn away from distraction, temptation, and sin.
When we acknowledge this reproof, the Word then provides the needed correction to turn back towards the correct path.
This entire process results in training – learning to follow God’s path, so that we may be equipped for the good work which he has prepared beforehand for us to walk in (2 Tim 3:17; Eph 2:10).
Praise God that he provides such a means to learn from him and to learn from our mistakes!
How has God used his Word to teach, reproof, correct, and train you? Please share with your discipleship partner, in the comments below, or with friends or family!
Blessings on you as you treasure this verse of Scripture in your heart over the next days. Wednesday, we will continue with the next verse in this section, Joshua 1:8.