2 Timothy 3:16-17 Maybe the instructions aren’t so basic after all?

2 Timothy 3:16-17
“16 Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
James 1:23-25
“23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”

Some folks say the Bible is an acronym for “Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth” or “Basic Instructional Book for Living Everyday”.  Some people think it means “Blind Ignorance Based on Lack of Evidence” or “Believing in Big Lies Eternally”. Whatever.

For what it’s worth, I believe that STOP is an acronym for Slow To Observe Police, but that won’t do anything for me when I get lit up for running a stop sign because I didn’t observe well enough.

Acronyms aren’t God breathed.

What is true is that the Bible is God breathed, it is an amazing resource for walking through this life and it tells us what we need to know to get to the next one. If we focus for a second on the first part of that sentence – God breathed and amazing resource: Can we come up with greater wisdom than what we find in the Bible? No. Why is that? God breathed words timeless, man’s words fade with time.

All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching (and learning), rebuking, correcting (and having our paths set straight), and training (for proper living for this life and our next life).

Why bother? So that everyone may be complete and have the tools needed to be a servant.

Complete. A servant of God. Doing good works. A servant of God. Instructions, from the one we are designed and created to serve, for us to learn and employ.

Maybe the instructions aren’t so basic after all?

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