“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
The very first word of 2 Tim. 3:16 is “all.” Every time this little word appears in the Bible we must ask ourselves what it means. There are two ways used in the Bible; it is either all without exception or all with distinction. We use it in the English all the time but do we use it correctly? Could it be misinterpreted if someone were simply reading our conversations on paper? What does it change about our understanding of the Word of God?
Look at the next verse;
“And I (Jesus), if I be lifted up from the earth will draw all men unto me.” John 12:32
Are all men in your neighborhood born-again believers? This answer is obvious. This one is all with distinction. It could not be all without exception because not all have believed, only those who believe will be drawn with Jesus Christ at the gathering together/rapture.
In 2 Timothy 3:16 both of the words “is” should be crossed out, because they were added to the Stephen’s Greek text from which it was translated. The King James version has these words italicized. Italicized words add clarity. If you cross them out you will not be touching the Word of God only a translators interpretation of clarity. Look at the verse without the added words.
“All scripture given by inspiration of God, and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction for instruction in righteousness.” vs. 16
Wow. If that doesn’t give us insight to how God works then I don’t know what does. That “all” is all without exception, meaning Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 is the Word of God as it was originally “given by inspiration.” (As a side note here) The Greek for “given by inspiration” is one word, theopneustos. It is made up of two root words; theo and pneustos. Theo means God and pneustos means breathed. Theopneustos literally means God-breathed. “All scripture is theopnuestos,” or “All scripture is God-breathed.” Can God breath? God is Spirit, He doesn’t have any flesh or bones, therefore this statement isn’t true to fact. If it isn’t true to fact, it is a literary event that God uses to emphasize something very important. That event is called a figure of speech. There are 212 known usages of figures of speech in the Bible.
Now let’s examine the characteristics of the love of God. There are four of the last fifteen that have the word “all” in them. Which of the two ways to use “all” are in these wonderful phrases? In the last post we examined, “beareth all things.” Should we bear all that the devil throws at us until he burns us to a crisp and bear all without exception, or was this all with distinction, as in bear all according to the Word and God’s will in the situation?
How are the other three alls used? Today’s characteristic is;
Believeth All Things
Does this mean we should believe all things? All things? Not hardly, because the devil has an oeuvre of options for us to waste our valuable life and heart believing in. We believe the Word. We believe that the Word of God is the revealed will of God. We believe it is truth as I blogged about before.
Here is the literal definition;
“Believeth all things: Be a believing believer. While other may be slowed by doubt, worry and fear, you believe God’s Word whole-heartedly as it relates to each situation.” 1 Corinthians 13:7
Believe God’s Word whole-heartedly! This is a huge statement. Your life is important to God and He has placed His Word for you to believe and see results from. If you put water in your gasoline tank how long do you suppose you’d go? Not far is my guess. But you’d go a little ways before the gas left the lines. In life, the Word fuels us! It keeps the way clear, the understanding enlightened and our hope restored. It has real power when spoken on the lips of believing! Why would the devil try so hard to talk us out of reading it? Because, it sheds light deep within the dark night of the soul, as one man put it. It fuels our tank with believing! Take the Word of God and hold fast to it. Let it sink into the very fiber of your being!
“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16
So few people find succor in the life-giving words of the Word of God. The Word, which was breathed by God into Holy Men as it says in 2 Peter 1:21. We have the opportunity right here and now in our lives to operate at our greatest potential! How many are willing to believe with their whole heart that;
“My God shall supply all your need according to HIS riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:13
Take hold and believe, as a BELIEVING believer, ALL — without exception — God’s wonderful promises today.
God Bless You!
To read more in this series of the “Characteristics of the Love of God” posts click below.
:001 Look With Me, Closely
:002 What is God Like?
:003 Harvesting Patience
:004 What is the Antidote to Bitterness?
:005 How To: Fight Jealousy
:006 Would it Annoy You Like It Does God?
:007 Should We Bless or Impress?
:008 Have You Ever Said This?
:009 If He Would Just Stop Being So Self-Centered!
:010 How Can I Overcome a Short Temper
:011 How to; Revive Your Thought Life
:012 The NOT That Impacts Everyone
:013 Why Should We Rejoice?
:014 When Is Enough, Enough?