The Christian's Offensive Weapon
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, [notice] that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Question 2: What rule has God given to direct us how we may glorify him?[i]
Answer: The Word of God which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify God and enjoy him.
The Bible makes clear that everything needed for us to know God and to know how to please and glorify God is given to us in the pages of scripture. This is why it is so vitally important that Christians read, meditate on, and memorize God’s word every day. We are told in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, [notice] that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” To be fully prepared, fully equipped, for everything life throws at us, everything we need to know can be found in God’s word. This is because all scripture is “breathed out by God.” Those four words in the Greek New Testament are actually just one word--theopneustos. It is a compound word derived from two Greek words, theos: God + pneustos: breath. Thus, every word of scripture is the very breath of God. Scripture is God speaking to us in the here and now. It is for this reason Paul instructs the church in Corinth “not to go beyond what is written” (1 Cor. 4:6). Everything we need to know about living life in this world and living a life that glorifies and honors God is to be found in the study of God in the pages of God’s word (2 Peter 1:3). A great example of this is when Jesus successfully fends off the attacks of the devil during his wilderness temptations. He does so by quoting scripture to the devil. This works because God’s word is a weapon, “sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow” (Heb. 4:12, Eph 6:17). God’s word is an offensive weapon for the believer against the devil, but we can’t quote scripture to the devil if we don’t know scripture, if we have not hidden God’s word in our hearts that we might not sin against Him (Ps. 119:11).
[i] “A Catechism with Proofs” by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
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