But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
The Second letter to Timothy, from the Apostle Paul (ESV)
I have always been fascinated by Paul’s writings. He was the most prolific of the N.T. writers, understandably so because of the amount of missionary work he had done. He had so many churches that were in need of his guidance during the infancy of the church. As the first century wore on and the church grew larger, there was no way he could be everywhere for everyone. Letters were the efficient way to deal with the growing pains of the early church.
His letters to Timothy and Titus are the most fascinating to me. He writes to these two men to encourage them, and to entrust to them the growth and development of the church in his absence. As he faced the end of his life he delegated huge responsibilities to these young men, the establishment and maintenance of the churches in their area’s of service.
Paul in his second letter to Timothy reminds him of the tools he has, and will need for teaching and training in the churches he will be working with. The sacred writings, the scripture that God had breathed out, what we call the Old Testament scriptures are what will be used. He reminds him that in the sacred writings is all that he will need to be, and to teach others to be complete, and equipped for every good work.
The first century church was established, and grown with the use of the Old testament scriptures. They were used to teach people about Jesus and how to come to a faith in him. Think about it. If we didn’t have the New Testament scriptures, we would still have all we need to live as God would have us live. The Ethiopian eunuch was brought to Christ through the book of Isaiah.
If we take the time to read, and understand the sacred writings (the O.T.), we will see that for the most part the Apostles and the other N.T. writers were reiterating what had been taught in Genesis to Malachi. Even when Paul has to take churches to task in his letter’s he is most often dealing with the same issues that the O.T. prophets dealt with. That being, bad behavior in the household of God.
I encourage you to spend more time in the whole word of God. The full counsel of God is between the covers of your Bible, explore it all. Don’t just camp out on book, chapter and verse, feast on the whole of it.
© 2015 Leo J. Woodman