As the Apostle Paul writes his second letter to Timothy he expects to be martyred soon. (II Tim 4:6) He therefore encourages and instructs Timothy to faithfully continue the ministry upon his demise. One particular portion of Paul’s letter of appeal to Timothy bears significant importance to all Christians – the Word of God.
Paul urges Timothy to continue in the faith which he had been taught and to keep in mind who taught him (Paul himself) as being a faithful and true mentor. Timothy is asked to remember (to follow) the Holy Scriptures which he had known from childhood.
God’s Word serves two vital functions. First, “…the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Jesus Christ.” II Timothy 3:15. This pertains especially to the lost souls. They must come to the realization of their sin and their need for salvation through Jesus Christ. The only book in existence that can bring them to that point is God’s Word. Man’s words draw men to themselves.
The second function of God’s Word is to equip the person who comes to Jesus Christ for salvation with the spiritual tools to perform faithfully. How does it do that? “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” II Timothy 3:16. Doctrine – what to believe. Reproof – disproving or censuring others. Correction – setting wrong beliefs and actions right. Righteousness – the righteousness of Jesus Christ. We’ll not find these spiritual tools in any of man’s literature.
After addressing the two basic functions of God’s Word Paul charges Timothy in this manner. “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” II Timothy 4:2. Though this charge was directed to Preacher Timothy I believe it applies to all Christians in our worldly association. How else can we win the lost to Christ if we don’t skillfully use God’s Word?
The scriptures are sufficient. They are sufficient for the lost to obtain salvation in Jesus Christ. They are sufficient to teach and enable Christians to perform faithfully. Also important, the scriptures sufficiently foretell our future. After a short time of trials and tribulation we will enjoy an eternity with the Jesus Christ of our faith and of the scriptures.
Knowing the sufficiency of the scriptures should we not be more diligent to search and to know them? ONLY THEN CAN THE SUFFICIENT SCRTIPTURES PRODUCE EFFICENT CHRISTIANS!