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The Bible: God’s Perfect Word- Sermon #4
2 Timothy 2:15; 3:14-17
THE PROFIT IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
Intro: We have been investigating the Word of God for the past four weeks. We have encountered the truth that the Word of God is a divine revelation of God’s Person and Character. We have been reminded that the Word of God was divinely inspired in the beginning and that it has been supernaturally preserved down to this very day. We have discovered the purpose for which the Bible was given to man. It was given so that lost sinners might come to know God in a personal relationship.
I hope that you have a deeper understanding of how your Bible came to be and that you love for this book is greater than it has ever been. As we finish our time in this series, I would like to examine the benefits that come from a close relationship with the Word of God. We are told in 2 Timothy 3:16 that the infallible, inerrant and inspired words of God are “profitable. This word means “beneficial, useful, and full of profit. I would like to zero in on that aspect of the Word of God today and preach for a few minutes on The Profit In The Holy Scriptures.
A. They Equip Us For The Faith - In the pages of the Bible we learn all we need to know to give us:
1. Saving Faith - 2 Tim. 3:15 - The Bible shows us our condition, our condemnation and how to obtain our conversion. The Bible shows us a crucified and risen Savior Who gave His all that anyone who believes in Him might be saved. The Word of God is a book about redemption!
of the most dramatic examples of the Bible's divine ability to transform men
and women involved the famous mutiny on the "Bounty." Following
their rebellion against the notorious Captain Bligh, nine mutineers, along with
the Tahitian men and women who accompanied them, found their way to
Instead of following the script, he kept reading from Matthew 5, ignoring the coughs, calls, and foot-stamping of his fellow actors. Finally, recalling a verse he had learned in his childhood in a Russian Orthodox church, he cried, "Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom!" (Luke 23:42). Before the curtain could be lowered, Rostovzev had trusted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior.)
2. Serving Faith - 2 Tim. 2:15 - Here, we are commanded to “study the Bible. This word means “to be diligent, to labor.” If we will spend the time we need in the Word of God, we will be able to “rightly divide that Word. This is a surgical term that means “to make a straight cut.
In other words, we will obtain a correct understanding of the Word of God and this prepares us to be a “workman, that is, a servant who will not be put to shame in the face of the enemy! As we study the Bible, we will learn about the Wonder of God, the Work of God, the Will of God, and the Ways of God! We will receive a theological education that will enable us to serve the Lord without shame! The Bible teaches us about the Person, Promises, Prophecies, Plan and Proof of God.
B. They Equip Us For The Fight - Eph. 6:18 - When Paul described the armor of the believer, he only mentioned one offensive weapon: The sword of the Spirit, or the Word of God. The word sword comes from the Greek word “rhema. It refers to what was called the “Roman short sword. It was much like a dagger. This short sword was on the belt of every Roman Legionnaire. They carried wherever they went and used it in many tasks from preparing their food to hand to hand combat.
It is interesting that Paul should use this word for the Bible. In some other places, the word “logos is used. The word “logos refers to the whole Word of God. It is the same word used in John 1:1, where Jesus is called the Word of God. The word “rhema refers to a specific word.
Think of it like this, the “logos or the whole Bible brings to mind the idea of a complete armory. In that armory, there are weapons of every description. When a battle arises, we should be able to walk into that armory and select the perfect “rhema or specific sword we need to fight that particular battle.
is just what Jesus did on the Mount of Temptation, Matt. 4:1-11. Three times
Jesus was tempted and three times Jesus walked into the great armory of the
Word of God, entered the Deuteronomy room and walked out with the perfect sword
with which He could stick the devil! (
Of course, before you can do this, you must be familiar with where the right swords are located within the armory! This means that you need to study the armory and familiarize yourself with placement of all the swords. Then when temptations and trials come, you can walk into the armory and find the perfect weapon for the day of your battle!
By the way, when you try to fight the battles of life and the enemy of life in your own strength, you will fail, 1 Cor. 10:12. But, when you fight the battles of life with the Sword of the Spirit, you are assured of victory, Matt. 4:11! Learn the layout of the armory; it will enable you to fight far more efficiently!
(Note: Notice this: Christian is never really commanded to fight, but he is told to “stand, Eph. 6:11, 13, 14, 15. After all, “the battle is the Lord’s, 1 Sam. 17:47.
The Christian's method of defense is very similar. We have the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. When attacked by the enemy, without or within, stand firm and display the Word, hold it forth. The more fiercely the foe attacks the more surely shall they pierce themselves with it. God’s Word is a burning fire and all it will consume all that cross it.)
II. v. 15, 17 THEY PERFORM AN ENABLING MINISTRY
They Enable Us To Grow
Spiritually - 2 Tim. 3:15 -
We are told here that the Scriptures have the power to make us “wise. The word means “to teach or to have understanding.” I would submit to you that there are people
in this room today who have not had the benefit of obtaining an extensive
formal education, but who know the ways of God better than many theologians
because they know their Bibles. Experts
say that 30 minutes per day for ten years yields the equivalent of a Doctor of
you will get the “seed of the Word within your heart, God will water it and it
will bear fruit! You will grow! (
B. They Enable Us To Go Spiritually - 2 Tim. 3:17 - The Word of God gives us all the tools we need to go to work for the Master. The Bible teaches us about:
· God’s Works (What He is doing around us)
· God’s Will (What He wants from us)
· God’s Ways (How He accomplishes His Will).
As we read the Word of God we discover that there are some things that we are to avoid and there are some things that we are to do.
As we obey the Word of God, as we do the do’s and don’t the don’ts, we will find ourselves “throughly or completely and perfectly furnished or equipped to do the Lords work in this world!
God saved you to work for Him, Eph. 2:10; James 2:18, 20. The Lord saved us to work and the Bible tells us how!
III. THEY PERFORM AN ENLIGHTENING MINISTRY
We Are Enlightened Through
Their Coaching Ministry - The Scriptures teach us “doctrine! This word simply means “teaching or instruction. It refers to the body of truth that we
believe and practice as part of the Christian faith. Everything we know about God and believe as
Christians has been taught to us by the Word of God! In fact, God could never have been known
unless He had first reached out to us! Like
a good coach, the Scriptures teach all the fundamentals of the faith and they
instruct in the deep things of God. By
the way, we should never base our doctrine on feelings or experiences or on
what someone we admire believed.
Everything we believe and do should be based squarely on a clear Word
from God, not on our own opinions, preferences or prejudices! (
B. We Are Enlightened Through Their Chastising Ministry - The word “reproof means to be convicted. It has the idea of putting something to the test. The Word of God will put your life to the test. It is like a set of scales, or balances. It will show you where you fall short. It is like a plumb line, it will show you where you do not line up! Scripture will put you to the test! It is like a mirror, it will reveal the true you, James 1:23-25.
The word “reprove comes from the same word that is translated evidence in Heb. 11:1. In both cases it refers to “convincing evidence. In modern language, we would call it “the smoking gun. Sometimes, the Word of God is laid alongside our lives and serves as the Lord’s Exhibit A. He shows us from the Word the He has the goods on us and how we are living. The best thing to do is to bow before Him and deal with everything that He shows us about ourselves. Never rebel against the convicting ministry of the Word of God! (Note: Don’t get mad at the preacher either!)
C. We Are Enlightened Through Their Correcting Ministry - The Word “correction means to restore to an upright or correct state. The Bible doesn’t just show us what is wrong in our lives; it also teaches is how to fix what is wrong. It teaches us about the matter of repentance and confession of sin, Pro. 28:13; 1 John 1:9. If you will do what the Bible says to do about the wrongs it exposes, it will get you on the right path in short order!
D. We Are Enlightened Through Their Commanding Ministry - “Instruction in righteousness refers to Instruction that aims at increasing virtue. The Bible will tell you what is wrong with you. It will also tell you how to fix what is wrong with you. Then, it will tell you how to live so that you can avoid being found in the wrong the next time around. Literally, the phrase “instruction in righteous means that which cultivates the soul. The Word of God, if read, believed and lived out in your life will cause you to become more like Him!
For a long time he noticed that it persisted in hanging crooked despite the fact that he straightened it every morning. At last he asked the housekeeper if she was responsible for its lopsided position each morning that he came to his office. "Why, yes," she said, "I have to hang it crooked to make the tower hang straight."
Does that sound strange? That is exactly how a lot of people read the Bible. Many people twist the Word of God in order to justify their own opinions or actions, or doctrine to make them all appear right. Let us not twist the Scriptures to suit our own fancy. Let us be sure to hang the picture right! Preachers and teachers need to be especially careful that we “cut it straight, James 3:1. We must not allow our opinions to cloud the message God wants His people to hear!
There is great profit in the Word of God! But, only as we take it like it is written and conform our lives to it! Thank God for the Bible!