Circular Reasoning

2 Ti 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:     KJV

This verse is normally used to prove the inspiration of the Bible. Of course, that is circular reasoning and will never persuade an intelligent person.

That is basically the same as saying, “Of course I am right. I said it, didn’t I?” Just won’t wash.

(Some people, who are not able to follow simple logic, but feel they must ‘read between the lines,’ will arrive at the conclusion that I do not believe in the inspiration of the Bible. Nothing could be further from the truth!! If that is true for you, then please read again the statement that you find objectionable.)

The Bible is the inspired word of God. It contains one of the aspects I wrote about yeterday–Every Word of God. And we need to have every word of God in order to live (Matt. 4:4).

Notice the value of the Word: it is profitable, or advantageous.

It is profitable for use in four areas: doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction.

When you spend your daily time in the Word, (you do spend daily time, don’t you?) you should be looking to have at least one of these experiences from your reading/study:

  • You should come away with an “Aha!” or
  • You should come away with an “Ouch!” or
  • You should come away with an “Uh-oh” or
  • You should come away with an “Ahh.”

Same thing said another way:

  • doctrine–reveals the path
  • reproof–for getting off the path
  • correction–help in aligning on the path
  • instruction–how to stay on the path

Now, many think this passage refers to preachers as they try to prepare their sermons. Let’s look just a little deeper into this.

Verse 16 is certainly joined by verse 17–

2 Ti 3:17
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.   KJV

We have made the mistake and joined the error that accepts “man of God” as preacher, thereby excluding others.

Why such a limitation? If you are following the Lord, is it not your desire to be a man or woman of God? Don’t you desire to be perfect? Don’t you desire to have what you need for every good work?

2 Timothy 3:16-17 is a great Bible passage for ALL believers.

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Faith Is a Gift

Eph 2:8
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:   KJV

Salvation is the gift of God through Jeus Christ. There is absolutely nothing that we, as human beings, can do to appease the wrath of God for our sin. That is, there is no kind of good work, no kind of service, no amount of money, no kind of penance that we can do to avoid the just reward of our sin.

But…

I can accept the work of Christ on my behalf. I can receive Jesus as my Savior by a simple confession of words through my mouth. (Rom. 10:9)

It is God’s grace that He has bestowed on mankind. It is God’s grace that He has permitted this method of atoning for our sin.

Grace has been defined as God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.

I owed a debt I could not pay. He paid a debt He did not owe. That is love. That is grace. That is God’s unmerited favor toward me.

Yes, it is a gift given free, without charge, and undeservedly.

But look more closely at the verse under consideration.

What is it that is “not of ourselves?”

What is the gift of God? What is it that is not of (y)ourselves?

We’ve always been told that it is our salvation, our being saved, that is the gift of God. While that is absolutely true, we have missed one important aspect and have been shortchanged in our walk with God.

Faith is also the gift of God, according to this verse. Read it again with that thought in mind.

Faith is not something I must drum up, or exert effort to obtain.

How does faith come? By hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Rom. 10:17).

God has given us His Word. He gives us more than ample opportunity to hear His Word. When we hear His Word, faith is the result. It is free for the taking. It has been given to everyone and only remains for us to use it (Rom. 12:?3).

Can you see how great is our God?!? He has left nothing to our imagination or our own feeble efforts. Everything we need has been provided (2Pet. 1:3).

Glory to God!

Speak Softly

Pr 15:1
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.      KJV

The Bible has much to say about our speech–the way we talk, the words we use, and how we use them.

This verse has much to say about the responses we engender with our words. If we would be conscious with our speaking, we could notice how people respond to us and gain insight into our own hearts. However, many of God’s people have bought into the New Age philosophy that says, “It’s their problem.”

“If they get angry, it’s their problem I didn’t do anything.” Isn’t that a cute way to once again avoid responsibility for our actions? Seems to work well for the ‘no-fault’ society in which we live.

This verse points out something different, though. It claims that if our words are grievous, then anger gets stirred up.

If your experience is that many get angry when you talk, then maybe you should look to yourself, and not to them. Maybe it is your ‘grievous’ words.

Grievous means: OT:6089
an earthen vessel; usually (painful) toil; also a pang (whether of body or mind)
(Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

The first thing to notice is that the base meaning of the word is ‘earthen vessel.’ When we speak from ourselves and not from the spirit, then we are likely to stir up something unpleasant in the listener.

‘Soft answer’ is both tone and content. We can turn away wrath in ourselves and others with a soft answer. Learning to speak softly in this way will require practice over a long period of time for most of us. But, if you would like to see a shift in the way people respond to you, then it will be well worth the effort to put these concepts into practice.