The Infallible Word of God is Our Key to Right Christian Living
16All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; NKJV
Yes, indeed, the entire Word of God has been given to us by God as a roadmap to right Christian living. For “thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105, KJV).
The Word, which is God (John 1:1), instructs us in the way we are to conduct our lives. It illuminates the path of life, showing us which direction to take and how we should and should not respond to situations in life.
The Word of God is the voice of God given to us through the prophets and various writers of the Bible.
In The New Living Translation (NLT) 2 Timothy 3:16 reads:
16All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
Paul, who wrote 1 & 2 Timothy and most of the New Testament letters, affirms that God is present and active in the scriptures. The English Standard Version (ESV) says that scripture is the very breath of God, and it is given under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit:
21For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:21, NIV
God, through the Holy Spirit, is the source of all scripture. So, what scripture says is what God says. It is the infallible and authoritative Word of God.
The purpose of the Word is to provide God’s children with direction and instruction that they might be complete and fully equipped for the service of God (v. 17). The King James version says that the Word was given that we might be perfect. As such:
the Word of God is complete, full, and perfect.
It needs nothing added to it, and nothing must be taken away from it. The complete Word is our key to living a life exemplary of God’s calling on our lives.
2“You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”
Deuteronomy 4:2, NKJV