What does it mean to have a high view of Scripture? Does it mean that you believe in the inerrancy of the Bible? Does it mean that you think the Bible is truly inspired by God? Is that enough? All the words that we have in the Holy Scriptures are precious, but there is something about these last lines in Paul’s’ second epistle to Timothy that seem extremely weighty. These are indeed the words of a dying man. These last few verses are what Paul wanted to communicate to Timothy and the church at Ephesus before he died. And it is in these precious last words that we receive one of the most famous and encouraging verses in all of the Bible!
So, I hope that you will join us us this week as we consider Paul’s instruction to Timothy to Preach the Word, from 2 Timothy 3:16-4:5. Paul expounds on the value and authority of the Bible, only to encourage Timothy to utilize this tool that is able to make us wise unto salvation. The church at Ephesus is experiencing the consequences of living in the last days when people (even in the church) are driven by self-interest, deception and a desire to be rich. It’s interesting that Paul does not tell Timothy that he needs to change the worship style or the ambiance in the worship auditorium. He does not tell this young pastor to “tell more stories,” or “try to make the Bible relevant for the people.” He does not say that Timothy should convince the church that the Bible is a sword, but in fact he should begin cutting away! Preach the Word, Paul tells Timothy!
Paul warns Timothy of a time when people will not want to hear the Word of God, but rather something that “peps them up,” or in Paul’s wording “tickles their ears.” Now, if you’re reading this, you probably would agree with verses 16 and 17 of chapter 3. You probably would say that the Bible is inspired by God and inerrant. However, what about the next phrase about the “usefulness” of Scripture? Do you find the Bible profitable? You see, there’s more to having a high view of Scripture than saying “I have a high view of Scripture.” How does your view of inerrancy benefit your daily life? Join us this week as we seek to be reminded of the treasures that await us in the pages of Scripture!