Monday, February 24, 2014

Is God's Word Profitable in Our Lives?

One of my favorite passages is 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." Beyond memorizing it, I decided to do a word study and was very interested in the results.

Greek Words
All - NT:3956 pas (pas); including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole:

Scripture - NT:1124 graphe (graf-ay'); a document, i.e. holy Writ (or its contents or a statement in it):

Given by inspiration of God - NT:2315 theopneustos (theh-op'-nyoo-stos); from NT:2316 and a presumed derivative of NT:4154; divinely breathed in:

Profitable - NT:5624 ophelimos (o-fel'-ee-mos); from a form of NT:3786; helpful or serviceable, i.e. advantageous:

For - NT:4314 pros (pros); a strengthened form of NT:4253; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. toward (with the genitive case the side of, i.e. pertaining to; with the dative case by the side of, i.e. near to; usually with the accusative case the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, i.e. whither or for which it is predicated):

Doctrine - NT:1319 didaskalia (did-as-kal-ee'-ah); from NT:1320; instruction (the function or the information):

Reproof - NT:1648 a elegmos (el-eng-mos'); from NT:1651; found only in 2 Tim 3:16: conviction (of a sinner), punishment, refutation of error, reproof.

Correction - NT:1882 epanorthosis (ep-an-or'-tho-sis); from a compound of NT:1909 and NT:461; a straightening up again, i.e. (figuratively) rectification (reformation):

Instruction - NT:3809 paideia (pahee-di'-ah); from NT:3811; tutorage, i.e. education or training; by implication, disciplinary correction:

Righteousness - NT:1343 dikaiosune (dik-ah-yos-oo'-nay); from NT:1342; equity (of character or act); specially (Christian) justification:

That - NT:2443 hina (hin'-ah); probably from the same as the former part of NT:1438 (through the demonstrative idea; compare NT:3588); in order that (denoting the purpose or the result):

Man - NT:444 anthropos (anth'-ro-pos); from NT:435 and ops (the countenance; from NT:3700); man-faced, i.e. a human being:

God - NT:2316 theos (theh'-os); of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with NT:3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very:

Perfect - NT:739 artios (ar'-tee-os); from NT:737; fresh, i.e. (by implication) complete:

Throughly Furnished - NT:1822 exartizo (ex-ar-tid'-zo); from NT:1537 and a derivative of NT:739; to finish out (time); figuratively, to equip fully (a teacher):

All - NT:3956 pas (pas); including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole:

Good - NT:18 agathos (ag-ath-os'); a primary word; "good" (in any sense, often as noun):

Works - NT:2041 ergon (er'-gon); from a primary (but obsolete) ergo (to work); toil (as an effort or occupation); by implication, an act:

From this word study, I gain that every single word contained in God's Word is divinely breathed and given by God. It is serviceable and helpful toward and pertaining to instruction (doctrine), refutation of error and conviction (reproof), straightening up again (correction), and education/training in equity or Christian justification (instruction in righteousness). The reason and purpose God gave us His Word is so that any human being who has accepted His salvation can be complete and fully equipped for every good work/act/toil.

How good to know that I can trust God's Word to guide me in every area of life!

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