• The Breath of God

    Posted on October 23, 2015 by Dan Beaty in Christian Living, New Covenant, Podcasts.

    2 Tim 3:14-17:
    “14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”
    NIV

    Like Timothy, I was blessed to have been taught the Holy Scriptures, the Bible from childhood. It is interesting that when Paul wrote this, he was referring to the Hebrew Bible, the Tanakh, which Christians call the Old Testament. The latter part of our Bible which begins with the title, “The New Testament” had not yet been completed at the time.

    Here is the apostle Paul, who wrote more and more emphatic about the grace of God in Christ, and our freedom from the letter of the law, than any other.

    It might surprise some today, who mock others who still read and value the Old Testament, that their hero Paul would endorse it so heartily. He would even find it useful for rebuking and correcting believers, which practice many of the same folks find to be unnecessary. In fact they teach that repentance and confession of sin is not a part of the New Covenant in Christ. They say we are only to confess our righteousness in Christ.

    As for me, I will take Jesus, Peter, Paul, and James over many popular modern teachers any day!

    Written by Dan Beaty

    Dan Beaty

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