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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #87
Posted: July 20, 2006

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths
 

We turn our attention this week to the IN CHRIST phrase found in II Timothy 3:14-17.  Paul said, But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is IN CHRIST JESUS. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

We see that the central theme of this section of God’s Word is ones relationship to the scriptures.  Let me point out three things Paul brings to Timothy’s mind about the scriptures.

First of all in verses 14-15 there is AN EXHORTATION TO THE SCRIPTURES.  Paul exhorts Timothy to ‘continue’ in the scriptures.  What a sweet word of exhortation.  The word ‘continue’ means to stay in a state of expectancy, to abide, to remain, to stand upon and claim for ones own.  He reminds Timothy, by way of exhortation, he was taught the Word as a little child and it later led to the faith of his salvation which placed him into the eternal position of being IN CHRIST.

In verse 16 Paul offers Timothy AN EXPOSITION ABOUT THE SCRIPTURES.  In this exposition Paul says that ‘all scripture is given by inspiration’.  The word ‘all’ refers to every part, every word, and without exception.  The word ‘inspired’ means breathed.  We are told all the Bible is ‘God Breathed’.  We have been given eternal life which is perpetual breath.  The assurance of our salvation is seen in our depth of connection to the respirator, the God Breathed Word of God.

Paul, by way of exposition, tells Timothy they are ‘profitable for doctrine’.  The word ‘profitable’ means helpful, serviceable, and advantageous.  It is profitable for ‘doctrine’ which is ones teaching.  The Bible should be the center of our learning.  Lord, teach us to think Biblical education without the Bible as the center is a godless education.  Ron Dunn, the great Baptist evangelist of yesterday said, “If most people in Baptist Churches knew what the Bible taught, they would not believe the Bible.”  Let us not depend upon the words of others, but let us be students of God’s Word.  Paul said to study to show ourselves approved a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of God.  I fear many of us will be brought to shame if not in this life, surely in the life to come because of our doctrinal beliefs.

The exposition says the scriptures are ‘profitable for reproof’.  The word ‘reproof’ means a rebuke upon one with such effectual force as to bring him, if not always to a confession, yet at least to a great discomfit about his sin.  O, let us wield this sword in grace.  Let us not try to get people to conform to our standards of right and wrong, but let the precious inspired Word bring reproof to their souls.  If it does there will be a manifested change upon the outer life.

The exposition is also profitable for ‘correction’.  The word ‘correction’ means a restoration to an upright or righteous state of life and character.  The intake of the inspired Word will produce the sanctified Christ life on the outward person.  Jesus said, “Sanctify them with thy truth, thy word is truth.”

The exposition is profitable for ‘instruction in righteousness’.  The word ‘instruction’ has to do with the whole moral cultivation and training of the mind of a child that will manifest itself in their adult life.  No wonder Timothy was taught scriptures as a child by his mother and grandmother.

In verse 17 we have AN EXPECTATION FROM THE SCRIPTURES.  The intake of the scriptures Paul tells us will make us ‘perfect’.  The word ‘perfect’ means to be complete, fitted, and fully furnished for all that life brings our way.  O, may the Bible be the major book for our family.  May we be known as ‘One Book People’ The phrase ‘throughly furnished’ means to finish.  The Word of God will bring about the finished work of Christ-likeness in the believer.

I wonder if it had been a chorus of Timothy’s day he might have sung, ‘The B-I-B-L-E, Yes that’s the book for me, I stand alone on the Word of God, The B-I-B-L-E.   BIBLE!

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