2 Timothy 3:14-15 “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
Many of us wondered at the time, what use would we have of quadratic equations in life. We became curious as to the need for algebra altogether. But to then find out that we use algebra in cooking, profit and loss statements, sports, and numerous other applications, we find its use more common than we once thought.
When it comes to spiritual things, we need to heed the Word. Paul is urging Timothy as a young pastor of the church at Ephesus. He warns him of those who would pervert the doctrine of what God instructed him to teach. In this, he lifts the scriptures as the sole source for faith and teaching.
Paul begins this chapter by giving a stern warning as to what to expect in the last days. Some are heresies easy to spot. Others creep in and overtake a church subtly. We see it today. The new and improved methods of how to get the same message to the masses open the door to what the Bible calls:
2 Timothy 3:7 “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
It brings the statement:
“It’s not RELIGION; it’s a RELATIONSHIP.”
We can look at the fruit of churches today. Are its people living to be more like Christ? Or are we trying to fit into the world we are trying to reach by looking more like them? We need to be more concerned with the personal aspect of this relationship.
Of course, this relationship has its origin in biblical salvation. Without it, the rest of this will not make any sense. If you want to know how to be saved, click here.
The basis for all teaching of the Christian life begins with the Word of God. Satan has thrown his element of confusion into this conversation by the many so called ‘bibles’ that are on the market today. Paul addressed this importance to Timothy.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
He knew the foundation of the Word of God to the Christian is like what the law is to the lawyer, grammar is the writer, and natural law to the scientist. Daily Manna will always use the King James Bible to quote and reference. It is not up for debate here, but, is worthy of settling which Bible you call the true, inspired, inerrant, infallible, preserved, and perfect Word of God.
When you and I allow the Word to be our sole source of truth, we remove ourselves; our opinions, our preferences, and our prejudices from becoming the authority in our life. When we become the decision-maker instead of the Word, we start down the path to destruction.
Paul tells Timothy that all scripture is given for doctrine – what is right; for reproof – what’s not right; for correction – how to get right, and for instruction in righteousness – how to stay right.
The ability to continue in that same path requires diligence on our part.
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
Personal responsibility is employed when living the Christian life. No one else is going to be held accountable for what I do in my life. The rise of the victim mentality and lack of personal responsibility are signs of a declining culture that is on its way out.
The founding fathers of the United States of America, were godly men who took up the cause for soul liberty. At its core, it allows you and I to freely hear the gospel without having to be forced by any government to believe a certain way or attend a particular church.
If there is a primary “continue” for you and I this morning, it is to deepen our relationship to be Holy Spirit-filled, Holy Spirit-led, and Holy Spirit covered children of God. When God’s children are all on the same page, we will operate in concert with one another and not contrary to one another.
God promises that if we seek Him, we WILL find Him. Once we do, let us continue to seek Him in all things.