16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 

2 Timothy chapter 3, verse 16; from the New Living Translation

The most popular and familiar verse of the Bible is easily John 3:16. Right? But what about the most unpopular verse of the Bible? That’s easy, too. It’s another 3:16, but so many just don’t like it because they choose to ignore it: 2 Timothy 3:16! Speaking for my Tribe (and I see it a lot in other Tribes, too), someone needs to be holding a sign at their gatherings which reads: 2 Timothy 3:16! You know, like they do at ballgames! If I understand Paul, and I do have a depth of understanding of him, when Paul wrote ALL that’s exactly what he meant. But gee whiz, so many today think of the Bible as a Cafeteria Of Suggestions. To reject any of it is to declare that the rest of it is Uninspired By God! And thus, it’s meant for the dung hill of life.

And as Paul prepares to pass the mantle on to young Timothy, he reminds Timothy of the importance of the Scriptures–that inspired, God-breathed word! The Greek word that Paul used was graphē which means a writing, thing written. And notice–carefully and with deep intentionality–why exactly The Written Word, A.K.A. The Bible, cannot be treatly lightly–nor is it up to us to decide what works for us and what doesn’t work for us!

  • to teach us what is true–not beliefs or opinions, but what is TRUE! About God and about us!
  • to make us realize what is wrong in our lives–and yes, there is much wrong in our lives; the Bible is the standard and measure when it comes to living a life that God desires and demands from us!
  • It corrects us when we are wrong–no one like to admit it, but sometimes we are wrong! Remember Leroy Jethro Gibbs Rule 51!
  • teaches us to do what is right–Like it or not, believe it or not, but we are all tainted somewhere by sin. Our views and opinions really don’t matter when it comes to what is right!

Now, I’m not a fundamentalist who thinks that God treated Isaiah, Jeremiah, and the rest like stenographers. “Write this down word for word. Type it up and let me review it before you mail it out!” But I do believe that God inspired them because He knew not only what the people at the time needed to know, but also for us today. And I know that a bunch of men with a lot of different viewpoints got together, argued and debated before they produced what we know today as The Bible! And I am confident that God was present and overseeing that process so that WE can know God and what He expects from us! Whether those men realized it or not (and I hope they did), God was present in that process insuring that HIS Word would be both accurate and reliable for His Image Bearers! I once made this same statement to a person of the progressive persuasion, and they laughed at me.

The Bible is 100% accurate and reliable when it comes to God, us, and our relationship with God! THERE!!!! I SAID IT! And at the risk of sounding like Dr. Seuss’ character Horton the elephant: “I meant what I said and I said what I meant.” I close with the next line Paul wrote to Timothy:

God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

2 Timothy chapter 3, verse 7; from the NLT

Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.

2 Timothy chapter 3, verses 16 and 17; from The Message


  1. It’s one of my favorite verses Brother, but then, I’ve always been the “odd-ball” as it were. Yet I never looked at it in the light of what you wrote and sure enough, I have to admit when you think about it, it’s very true.
    I love what you stated in a comment, “I worship the God who Preserves People through His Preserved Word.” If the Word was living, as Hebrews reminds us, we would have no hope. It shares with us the Character and Nature of the God we serve, it explains to us the how and the why and everything else. To think that He at least gave us the parts that we NEED now to make it through this life is awesome to me! We will have eternity to ask Him all the questions He didn’t put in there.
    One other thing and I’m sorry to take so much space, but the Written Word was inspired by the Holy Spirit of God to point us to Jesus Christ the Son, from the Old Testament to the New and Jesus came as the Living Word to point us to the Father, God Almighty our Creator. What other “book” can bring us full circle to eternal truths?
    Great message!!!!!

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  2. Not by a long shot my friend. It’s used so much that it’s a cliché.
    The belief that God is bound by, or to a book written and compiled by men is borderline heretical in my belief .
    And you forgot to mention that the new testament didn’t exist when this writing was written in your disclaimer. So there’s that as well.
    I just can’t worship a god who preserves a book but not people.


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      1. That will be for Jesus to decide. Who is and isn’t preserved is not decided by a book Randy.
        The sooner Christians stop perpetuating lies, the more people will open up to the gospel.
        The bible is not the word of God. Nor does the bible refer itself as to being the word of God. The bible is a dead book written and compiled by men.
        This is just some religious belief that has absolutely nothing to do with the gospel.
        You take the Name above all names and ascribe it to a book.
        Just doesn’t seem right no matter how much you and others spin it.
        There was a group of people mentioned in the bible who like you, believed the bible was the word of God, then when the Word of God showed up, they used their bible to justify murdering the Word of God.
        It’s a slippery slope my friend.

        I hope you’re doing well prospering Randy.
        Blessings to you and yours.

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  3. Amen, scripture is “God breathed!” We are also God breathed, therefore it’s a really good instruction manual for us.

    Also, if something in there really bugs you, ask God! Pray about it. He’ll show you and help you understand. It’s suppose to give us trouble, to stretch us, to disturb us a wee bit.

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  4. Amen!, I agree that unless we embrace the Bible as God’s totally true revelation about himself and his Holy will for us, we will stumble.But I’d have to say the most unpopular or at least as unpopular a scripture is where Jesus lays it out on what is required to be his disciple. “ Whoever wants to be my disciple must DENY themselves and take up their CROSS daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24) It’s my opinion that here in America, we’ve been deceived by the enemy of our souls that we can have our cake and eat it too. In other words, discipleship is optional, it’s only only for those “super Christians”, an unfortunate holdover from the medieval church.

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