II Tim. 3:16-17 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 straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.
All is a key word in this passage of Scripture. All means all. There is nothing in God’s Word that is not inspired by God. There is no part of it that is not useful to us for our spiritual growth. There is much we can know and understand and there are some things that are beyond our ability to grasp. It all is given to us by God so that we can become a holy people before Him. If we dismiss or neglect any part of it, we are losing out on valuable lessons the Lord wants us to learn. We must read the Word with a clear understanding that God is the author of it. We must read it with the intent of learning what God wants us to learn and apply to life.
Because God is the author of the Scriptures, it is powerful and effective. Read it with an open heart; it leads us into godliness. It reveals to us our sin and leads us into repentance. If we are not often led into repentance when we read it, then we are not reading it correctly. If it doesn’t challenge us to a deeper walk of faith, we are not reading it correctly.
A humble heart before God who really wants to please God will consistently read and study the Scriptures. It is impossible to please God and ignore His Word. He uses His Word to teach us that which is true and to prepare us for effective service. He uses His Word to equip us for every good thing He desires for us to do. When we are not saturated by the Word of God, we mess things up pretty good. God cannot bless the work of those who do not let the Word guide them.