The Word of God
I Tim 1:3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
Doctrine that deviates from the truth because its essence, quality, and quantity comes from another source, which is not founded on the words that make up the gospel.
2 Timothy 1:13 Hold to the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
Hold fast to the model of healthy or wholesome words, which you have heard from me.
Some of us can remember building a model car or airplane. Once we had the model built we mounted it up high on a shelf for all to see. We must have the Word of God as one of the primary models mounted high before our eyes. This model of the gospel must be built out of something that is called sound words.
Sound words” is a medical term that means healthy or wholesome. Sound words are healthy because they are true or are in accordance with what is factual concerning the Word of God. Can total health come without our knowing God’s words?
It is impossible for us to build a model of healthy words that we can frame before our eyes to unless we know the Word of God in truth or in accordance to fact. To know the Word of God in fact implies that we must do some serious study of the Word before we can truly know it in truth. God is not just a Face Book God!
Titus 2:7 in all respects showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, dignity, incorruptibility,
Incorruptibility: Our knowledge of the Word of God must be so thorough that our teaching cannot be subject to the decay of time, error, or the opposition that comes from those that challenge our teaching. When we live in accordance to a model of God’s incorrupt doctrine, our doctrine will finally vindicate us even if the whole wide world says that we are wrong. The Lord will lift us up and put those that oppose us to shame.
2 Tim 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
Inspiration: All scripture is God breathed and is therefore profitable for teaching
Reproof: Intimate knowledge of the scriptures brings correction to us by exposing sin and blind spots in our life. If we heed to the exposure brought to us through the Word it will brings us freedom in Christ.
Correction : Correction here means to be restored to an upright state resulting in salvation. Do you notice the order? Reproof brings exposure of sin. If we heed we start to become free. As we become free the Word of God then starts to restore us to an upright state.
Instruction: This talks about mentoring and discipling and the final release into our ministry. Exposure, restoration, mentoring, and call to ministry.
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Greek: The man or woman of God becomes thoroughly equipped and furnished by the Word of God for every Spirit led work; The man or woman of God is equipped and fitted with every necessary piece of equipment by the Word of God for anything that the Lord might have for him or her require to do.
When we went to battle Sadam Hussein in the Persian Gulf in great part we won because we were thoroughly equipped with the best of arms, technique, and personnel. It is our deep knowledge of God’s Word that furnishes us with the spiritual equipment necessary to successfully carry out God’s holy missions.