Good day to you! Today is a day for great rejoicing for the positive, power-packed joy that fills our lives. Do you believe that? Do you believe that your life could effervesce with the breath of God? I do. And by the end of this post, you will to.
First, where in the abundant life would God’s breath fit in? The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 3:16 that the Word is God-breathed. Wow! Keep in mind that when the Lord breathed into Adam’s lungs for the first time, He gave him the breath of life. Which made him a living soul. Wow look how powerful God’s breath is? I think that settles it for me. This is a figure of speech called, anthropopatheia. It ascribes human emotions, passions, and actions to God who is Spirit. When something says that it is God-breathed, we know that God, who is Spirit, figuratively “breathed” life into Adam. Let’s look at 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: (17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (KJV)
You’re asking how I got God-breathed so here is the literal translation according to usage from the Greek and Aramaic.
“All scripture [is] God-breathed and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, [yea] for disciplined instruction in righteousness, (17) so that the man of God may be equipped, perfectly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Whenever we see the word ALL (or every) in the Word we must ask. Is this all being used as all without exception or all with distinction? All with distinction breaks it down into designated groups or classes. All without exception includes every bit of the subject ever given, or everyone.
Such as this verse.
“And I (Jesus), if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] unto me.” John 12:32
Is this all, all without exception or all with distinction? The answer is obvious. We know that not everyone is a Christian. It has to be all with distinction. All, who believe, will draw unto him.
What about this one?
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Hebrews 2:9
Is the word “every” all without exception or all with distinction? We know by referring to other verses in the Word, we know that Christ died for every man without any exception and because anyone can get born again of God’s Spirit.
So what is 2 Timothy 3:16′s usage? All without exception or all with distinction? A side note here, the words “all scriptures” in this verse is followed by the word “is”. In the King James Version and any of the blueletterbible.com references I use of the King James Version, italicized words will be in brackets. If they are italicized in the KJV, that means they were added by the translators. Some of these words are correctly supplied, some are not. If you delete a word that is italicized (or in brackets in the blueletterbible.com references) you are not touching the God-given Word.
(This is a great reason to use the King James Version in your personal studies. They point out where they added those words. Other versions do not do this.)
Let’s go back to the subject at hand and look closely at five words in 2 Timothy 3:16. “Given by inspiration of God…” is one word in the Greek critical texts. The word is theopneustos. It is composed of two root words: theo meaning God, and pneustos meaning breathed. Theopneustos literally means God-breathed. “All scripture is theopneustos”, or “all scripture is God-breathed”.
WAIT a minute, God does not breathe, but we do. He is Spirit. That means this phrase is a figure of speech. Figures of speech are what God wants emphasized in the Word. God put figures of speech into the Word as keys to protect it from being tampered with so that it can be emphasized. There are 220 different figures of speech recorded in history, and 217 written in the Bible in literally thousands of passages throughout the Word. We, as workman of the Word, cannot haphazardly apply literally that which is a figure, and apply figuratively that which to be taken literally. The way we do this is to cross reference what are figures of speech and what are not.
It clearly states in Numbers 23:19 “God [is] not a man…” (and several other places too) which means He wouldn’t have been breathing into Adam’s nostrils, or breathing period. So this is a figure of speech. (At the end of the post I’ll embed the reference material I use to study figures of speech.) Cool huh!
Okay. This is some advanced material but, as I said last week, I think we’re ready for a challenge. The closer we look at the Word of God the bigger it gets!
The word “scripture” in 2 Timothy 3:16 is the Greek word, graphē, which means; that which is written, or writings. (We get our English word graphite and graph from this word. Have you ever used a graphite pencil?) So from Genesis 1:1 to Revelations 22:21 these writings are God’s Word and a fact God wants emphasized.
What happens to us when we live by the Word of God? What happens to our walk as it becomes living and real in our hearts? What happens when we walk by the spirit?
“[Forasmuch as ye are] manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.” 2 Corinthians 3:3
WOW! Isn’t that amazing! 2 Cor. 3 is an awesome chapter to read! What did Peter, John, Paul, Luke and all the other apostles have to go by before the printing press produced the full version of the Bible? They had the Old Testament scrolls and manuscripts handed down and spread out among their communities. This was the ink and stone he referred to. As Paul wrote these letters he too was moved by the Holy Spirit. This is how God breathed into Paul’s life. Paul saw God working in mighty ways in his life. Just as you can see God working in yours. Can you have a God-breathed life? YES! Sow that which is already written into your heart. Hold tight to it and allow that which is written to breathe life into you.
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8
God bless you today!
If you would like more information on figures of speech I recommend buying E.W. Bullinger’s “Figures of Speech Used in the Bible”.