14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them,
15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
Second Timothy was Paul’s last known letter in prison before he was executed.
As this was Paul’s last letter to his protégé Timothy, the content of his letter was of utmost importance. It was as if Paul was saying, “If there’s anything that I could tell you, it’s don’t forget the Scriptures.”
Paul desired nothing more than for Timothy to know the importance of God’s Word—and trust it.
Scripture needs no commentary, needs no video clip, needs no sermon or devotional—Scripture alone is enough to lead us to ultimate truth because its author is God (v. 16).
Scripture has the power to lead people to faith in Christ.
The phrase, “give you wisdom that leads to salvation through faith” (v. 15) means that Scripture could lead Timothy to the "knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim. 2:4).
Scripture not only leads to salvation, but it also leads to sanctification.
Scripture has practical benefits for the sanctification of believers: it is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness”(v. 16).
Paul hoped that Timothy would grasp the role that Scripture plays in discipleship.Paul wrote this letter to Timothy so that Timothy could be “equipped for every good work” (v. 17). Indeed, when we hide Scripture in our hearts, we are kept from sin (cf. Psalm 119:11) and transformed by Christ.
- How does the Bible equip us for every good work?
- How are you treasuring God’s Word?
Pray that the Lord will protect us from teaching that would lead us astray. Ask that He would help us treasure His Word in our hearts, that we might not sin against him (cf. Psalm 119:11).