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Today as one of our readings, we look at 2 Timothy 3: 14-17:
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, 15 and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.
Today’s passage is one that I’m sure many of us are familiar with, it’s one of the famous teachings of scripture about scripture. A couple of things stood out to me today when I was reading this.
First, Paul talks of how all scripture is inspired by God. God-breathed, if you will. Wesley said that scripture is doubly blessed, it was blessed when it was written and it is blessed when it is read. Stop and think about that for a minute. The same Holy Spirit that inspired the writing of Scripture, the same Spirit that spoke to and through Paul, Moses, Matthew, the Prophets, all the writers of Scripture, is the same Spirit that speaks to us now when we read it.
Wow! How awesome is that!?! That’s truly amazing to me that the same God who was there who was present in the very writing of Scripture is there and present with us now. Goodness, that’s so awesome. You get to meet God through the reading of Scripture! Never forget what a privilege that you and I have.
Second, Paul says that all of scripture is inspirited and useful for these things. Not just the parts that we like, but all of it. That’s why it is important to, in my opinion, read scripture consistently, not just picking the verses or stories or passages that we like. But read it all. That’s why it’s important to, to me, to do one of two things.
First, pick a book of the Bible and read through it. Whatever book you feel led to read, pick it, and read through it. Second, pick a daily lectionary, something that consistently gives you readings through the whole of Scripture. That way you aren’t just reading the parts you like, but you’re reading all of it.
It’s important for us to have a feel and knowledge for all the Bible.
May we read Scripture consistently and may we read it listening for God. When we do these things, we will find Him within. And He will change our lives.
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