If you are a Christian and attend a church that boldly preaches the Word of God, then you have heard this over and over again – “You gotta read the word!” And about now you might be thinking “oh no, not again”, but there is just no getting around it if you desire to please God and live a fulfilled, balanced and overcoming life. Hearing the Word preached from the pulpit on Sunday mornings is great and maybe you even take in an extra dose midweek. But, just like medicine, you can’t just take it every few days and expect it to work for you. Below is II Timothy 3:16-17 printed in several versions of the Bible and it stresses to us the importance of the Word. It would not be wise to take medicine without reading the dosage directions. It’s not wise to enter a contract without first reading it. And it’s not wise to go through our Christian life without reading our manual. Read the scriptures below and see that God just wants to thoroughly prepare you for this life!
(NKJV) – 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
(NLT) – 16 All 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. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
(AMP) – 16 Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), 17 So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.
(MSG) – 16 Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. 17 Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.