“The Breathed-Out Word” (2 Timothy 3: 16 – 17, ESV) by Carley Evans

“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 competent, equipped for every good work.”

The beginning of our ability to work for God is our acquaintance with His Word. The deeper we immerse ourselves in God’s ‘breathed-out’ scripture, the more we are ‘equipped for every good work.’ God’s Word makes us competent. The Word teaches, reproves, corrects, and trains us in the righteousness that comes through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

“For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4: 12) The Word of God is the sword that the Holy Spirit wields in His effort to make us holy.

With His Word, the Holy Spirit searches us, determining as well as altering the state of our hearts. The Word is alive, working God’s ways in us. We “are born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding Word of God…and this Word is the good news that is preached to [us].” (1 Peter 1: 23, 25)

“The Word of the Cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1: 18)

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