Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Theological education: Equipping people of God
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”(V.16)
The lure of the world and our own pursuit of advancement, wealth, prosperity, and our misguided illusion of happiness takes us away from our relationship with God and our fellow human. If we continue in this path, we will also be like the people as Paul warns to Timothy in verses 1 to 5. We are all too busy to spend time with God in prayer and studying the Bible as much as we need to.
Bible is our Instruction Manual
Our creator who loves us and wants us to live according to His Will has prepared an instruction manual for His creation to teach, rebuke, correct, and train us in righteousness. The Holy Bible is the instruction manual inspired by the Spirit of God through godly people for God’s people. However, the Bible only comes to life and becomes more meaningful when we are led to understand it by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Bible is for the people of God
I recall reading the Bible for school assignments or at parent’s request before coming to faith. It was so boring, hard, and confusing for me. I have read blogs of people saying they became an atheist after reading the Bible. We must be aware that the devil also knows of the Bible, but he is in enmity with God and wants lead us astray. That is why the Bible is for God’s people who seek the fellowship and guidance of the Holy Spirit through prayer to help us understand the scriptures. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me”.(John.10:27) .
Work of Holy Spirit
A born again Christian has the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that leads us to the truth and helps us to understand the scripture. Otherwise it is just intellectual knowledge like that of the Pharisees that remains in our head “… having a form of godliness but denying its power.”(V.5). The Spirit convicts us of our sins to lead us to repentance.
Prayer and Bible Study our communication line with God
Prayer is an integral part of Bible study because our prayer life is our way of communicating directly with God and the Bible is God’s way of communicating with us. The Bible helps us to know God more and as we reflect on our own experiences, we grow to love Him more. The more we love Him, the more we want to know and obey Him. When we lead a life in obedience to God’s word, we have been trained in righteousness and are pleasing to God.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for giving us the scripture and the guidance of your Spirit to train us in righteousness. Forgive our backsliding and we want to come back to you to know you more and to live a life that is pleasing to you. Amen.
Thought for the Day: To know God is to Love God. To Love God is to Obey God. To obey God is to please God.
Jothy S. Varughese, Christos MTC, Philadelphia