God Breathed Words

19 04 2023

Every Scripture Jesus ever quoted was from the Hebrew Old Testament. The same is true of the writers of the New Testament. This is critical for every believer to understand, to submit to. Many Christians use only the New, thinking it is better or has replaced the Old. That is a serious error. The Apostle Paul was as clear and as strong as could be when he insisted this to Timothy, his protégé.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV

When Paul said “All Scripture” he meant all. Most of the New had not even been written yet. There are 283 direct quotes from the Old Testament in the New. I like to put it like this: “Jesus quoted the Old Testament like it was Scripture!” Who knew? He did not diminish it, but rather confirmed it. He quoted it as Bible truth.

Notice the next phrase revealing that is was “breathed out by God” or God breathed. It is often translated “inspired by God.” That is the same thing. Here is further confirmation.

“knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”  2 Peter 1:20-21 ESV

Finally, look at what the Holy Spirit through Paul emphasized in the rest of the verse to Timothy. Every bit of Scripture is profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. What is the purpose, the end result that we should expect? “that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 

So, when you read the Bible (All of it!), read it not as man’s experiences, but as Yehovah God Himself speaking His words to us. He spoke these words by the breath of His mouth (the Holy Spirit) directly to men to write down for the rest of us for our profit. Hallelujah! Thank you Father God.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for life giving rains.

Les Lawrence, a voice of Christian Zionists                       (Read more)

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