The Written Word of God Is Profitable
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
a. for doctrine: That body of truth that you believe.
Example: Romans 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
What does “ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine” mean?
To obey from the heart simply means to believe the gospel
Romans 6:17 Paul is talking about saved people
Romans 6:17 “ye were the servants of sin,” – past tense
Romans 6:17”but ye have obeyed from the heart” – That’s when a person believes the gospel. (Romans 10:10 “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;”)
What is the gospel? 1 Corinthians 15:3 – 4
b. for reproof: Is bad behavior that doesn’t match the doctrine.
Example: 1 Corinthians – These believers had bad behavior. Their walk for the Lord did not match who they were in Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
c. for correction: Is straightening out ideas you have that are wrong, and those ideas that don’t match the doctrine correctly. (Bad Doctrine)
Example: Galatians – These believers had turned to bad doctrine
Galatians 3:1 O FOOLISH Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
Galatians 5:7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
d. for instruction in righteousness: We get our instructions by following the Apostle Paul – 1 Corinthians 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
Law Or Grace
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
The “law principle” works through a performance system
If you do the works then you get the blessing
If you don’t do the works then you get the curse
The Grace Principle says:
Here are all of the blessings
Now serve me out of a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving.
These two principles of law and grace are opposite
The law principle is what we call the “if then” principle
If you do this, then God will do that.
The law says if you perform this, you will get a blessing.
The law says “if you don’t do that then you get a curse.”
The Grace Principle says “here, and hands you the blessing.”
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
“but the gift of God” – That’s under grace.
“is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Eternal life is a gift.
“God gives us up front what a person under the law is working to get”.
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Grace is all that God is free to do for you through the cross.
Grace gives you a blessing freely.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.