The Word of God

Bible Book: 2 Timothy  3 : 14-17
Subject: Bible; Word of God

Thomas Paine sought to destroy the Word of God. He once said, “I have gone through the Bible as a man would go through a forest of trees with an axe. I have cut down tree after tree - they will never rise again.” Paine died a drunkard in the year 1809. Since his death the Bible has continued to be the best-selling book in the world and is loved by Christians today as in all generations.

Today we begin A Year In The Bible with an introductory message entitled, The Word of God. Before we embark on our journey through all 66 books of the Bible, it will be helpful for us to understand the nature and work of the precious book called The Holy Bible. Lets look in 2 Timothy 3:14-17 and listen in as Paul writes to a young ministry. Here we learn some very important facts about The Word of God.

2 Timothy 3:14-17

14 “But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (NKJV)

I. The Provision of the Word of God 2 Timothy 3:16

Where did your Bible come from? You might answer that your Bible came from a local book store, or perhaps you would say that a certain publishing company provided it at a price. Maybe you would respond by saying that your Bible was given to you by a friend or family member as a gift for Christmas or a birthday.

In reality, your Bible has been provided for you by none other than God, Himself! Note in verse 16 that Paul writes to Timothy revealing that all Scripture is God breathed. The Greek word for this phrase is Theopneustos. The word is a compound word made up of two Greek words. The first word is Theos, which means “God.” The second word is pneo, which means “to blow,” or “breath.” Thus, we are told that the Scripture was actually breathed into existence by God!

How did God go about the process of breathing into existence His Word, the Bible? He moved on the hearts and minds of men and they wrote the words which now make up our Bible. Look with me at 2 Peter 1:21, For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. God moved the hearts of men to write the Bible. Think how amazing that really is. The Bible was written over a period of time covering 1,500 years by more than 40 writers, most of whom never knew each other and lived in different ages and cultures. Part of the Bible was written by educated men like Moses and Isaiah. Other parts of the Bible were written by uneducated man like Amos and Simon Peter. Some books were written from a prison cell, others from a palace. Some of it was written on a island and other parts of it were penned from the desert. Part of it was inscribed in Israel, part of it in Egypt and part of it in Rome or Asia Minor. Yet, it is one great volume. Sixty-six books making up one great Book - the greatest book in the world! Why? Because it was breathed into existence by God Himself!

The reason no one will ever be able to destroy this Book is because it is God-breathed! In the year 303 A.D., Emperor Diocletian sought to destroy Christianity and the Bible. He ordered that every copy of the Bible be brought to him and had them burned. He took what he believed to be the last copy of God’s Word, burned it, and buried it. He erected a column over the ruins of that Bible and had words eteched upon it which read in Latin, Extincto nomine Christianorum, which means, “The name of Christianity has been extinguished.

Just twenty years after Diocletian thought he had snuffed out the light of God’s Word, a new emperor rose to power named Constantine. Constantine called for a copy of the Bible and within hours, fifty copies of the Bible were delivered to him. He declared Christianity the religion of the entire Roman Empire.

This Book cannot be extinguished because God is its author and protector. It would be easier for a blow out the light of the sun with your breath than for anyone to extinguish the light of this old Book! Some have blasphemed this Book, some have banned, some have burned it, but God just keeps on blessing it!!!

This Book is not man’s ideas about God, it is God’s Word to man. This Book is not a guess book, it is a grace Book. This Book is not a book from man to man about God, but a Book from God to us telling us the truth about Himself and about ourselves! It is critical that a person who is going to study the Bible understand that this is God’s Word!

II. The Purity of the Word of God 2 Timothy 3:15

The Bible is pure - it is Holy. Though the Bible was written over many centuries, it is unified and never contradicts itself. It is the inspired, infallible and inerrant word of God. What do those three words mean?

The Word of God is inspired - meaning that God inspired men to write it. We have just seen that in the previous paragraph. The Word of God is infallible - meaning that the Word of God cannot lead you astray. Everything this Book tells you is right and trustworthy. Thirdly, the Word of God is inerrant - the Bible is truth without any mixture of error. The Bible does not contain errors.

Just think about it, the Bible is a unified Book. It is unified theologically, philosophically, scientifically, ethically, historically, morally, doctrinally - the Word of God is unified in every way!

God’s Word tells the truth. Someone has well said that man could not write a Bible is he would, and he would not if he could. What is meant by that statement? Just this, that no one of us could write a Bible if we would. To write a Bible, you would have to write accurately about the future hundreds of years in advance. God spoke to us prophetically telling things to His Bible writers hundreds of years before they happened. Also, we would not write a Bible even if we could do so. Why? Because it would require us to tell the truth about everyone in our family. Would you write a Book a tell the absolute truth about everyone in your family? God did.

Think about Abraham, the Father of the Jews. He lied and God put it in His Book. Think about David, the man after God’s own heart. David committed adultery and manslaughter and God had it penned right here in the Book. Peter denied Jesus, and God put it in the Book. You see, to write a Bible, you would have to tell the truth about everyone, including those nearest to you in your family. No, you would not write a Bible if you could!

God told the truth and nothing but the truth, so help Himself! You hold in your hand the only Book in the world that contains the absolute truth!

 

III. The Priority of the Word of God 2 Timothy 3:14-15

The Bible should be the Book of choice in our reading. Note that Timothy is said to have learned the Scriptures from infancy. That means that in his life a great priority was put on the faith in God’s Word by his mother and grandmother (something we are told in 2 Timothy 1:5).

But one never grows too old for this Book. Numerous preachers through the years have pointed out how the Bible speaks to a person through all the passages of life. Just think how this Book reaches across generational lines. Let us glance in the window of a home where a little girl is being tucked in bed at night. Her father sits down with her to read her a Bible story. He reads of Moses hidden in the reeds along the Nile River in a basket. Her little eyes are wide with wonder as she listens to the story. Then go down the street from that little girl’s house to a home where an old man sits by a warm fireplace with a Bible in his hand. He is reading from the Book of Revelation. He is reading about the heavenly city, the New Jerusalem and the day when God will wipe all tears from our eyes. Look closely, you will see a tear in his eye as he picks up a photo of a woman who was obviously his wife. He looks longingly at the picture, for she is already with God. He dreams of the day when he will join her at the feet of Jesus. This Book has priority because it speaks to people of all ages and all income levels and all cultures and all languages. From the cradle to the grave, the Word of God is precious to all who will believe it!

O, precious Word of God, Lamp to my Feet, Light to my Path, O, that I might hide your word in my heart, Lord, so that I might not sin against you! This Book ought to take first place in your reading habits - beginning at an early age and continuing all your life!

 

IV. The Purposes of the Word of God 2 Timothy 3:15-17

Why did God give us a Bible? The Word of God is written for the Glorification of the Savior, the Salvation of the Sinner and the Sanctification of the Saints. Primarily there are two basic reasons for God’s Word.

First, we have God’s Word that we might be wise unto salvation. Look at verse 15 and notice what Paul wrote to Timothy.

Secondly, we have God’s Word that we might be workers for the Savior.

Do you spend time in God’s Word daily? Can you share Scripture passages with friends to help them find God’s direction in life situations? Do you flounder looking for answers to problems in your own life and find yourself listening to television talk show personality in an attempt to find hope in your life? Listen, the answer to your need lies in God and He has given you His Word, the Bible, as a book to guide you, comfort you, convict you, bless you and show you His way to victory.

 

A Gallop poll conducted some years ago revealed that 60 percent of Americans did not know what "the Holy Trinity" was. Sixty-six percent couldn't say who delivered the Sermon on the Mount, and 79 percent were unable to name a single Old Testament prophet. When a “man on the street” interview in done regarding questions regarding the Bible, it is disconcerting to see their complete lack of knowledge on the subject. Some are almost as confused as the little boy who wrote on his test paper that the epistles were the wives of the apostles, and that Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife.

Half of the Books of the Bible can be read in less than 45 minutes each, and many of them can be read in their entirety in less than 20 minutes? I know of people who have read the Bible through every year for many years without disturbing their daily life and forms of entertain and hobbies. Listen carefully, we are falling apart in our society because our Bibles are not falling apart from having been read thoroughly!

We face many decisions in life and will have many needs on our path through life. The Bible has been given to us to help us make those decisions and to meet those needs. It should be our constant companion-- studied diligently and consulted often along the way. We can't do without it.

"The pony express was a thrilling part of American history. It ran from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California--a distance of 1,900 miles. The trip was made in ten days. Forty men, each riding 50 miles a day, dashed along the trail on 500 of the best horses in the West. "To conserve weight, clothing was very light, saddles were extremely small and thin, and no weapons were carried. The horses themselves wore small shoes or none at all. The mail pouches were flat and very conservative in size. Letters had to be written on thin paper, and postage was $5.00 an ounce (a tremendous sum in those days). "Yet each rider carried a full-sized Bible, presented to him when he joined the pony express." [Resource Sampler, by Paul Lee Tan, ed. Page 8.] As the Bible crossed America in those early days, it was used to guide decisions in morality, family life, business and matters emotional. Our nation and many of our churches have left the Bible out of our journey and one can see clearly the damage the departure from the Word of God has done to us.

We need to make a new commitment to the Bible and to its Author. Will you make a commitment to read your Bible daily, and perhaps some of you will make a commitment to read the entire Bible through in the next 12 months. We have Bible reading guides here at the front of the church today. Come, pick one up, and get into God’s Word in a renewed way. It a world of lies and half-truths, this Book is truth given to us by the one who bears the name Truth – “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the Life,” said Jesus!