Growth – The word is profitable

Growth – The word is profitable

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  (2 Timothy 3:16)

The Word of God is the driver of your growth. It is by feeding on the word of God that you are built up spiritually. Physical food is doing the job in the natural – bringing maturity to your physical body. Spiritual food, which is the word of God is responsible for achieving your growth in the spirit.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God” may be rendered, “All scripture is God breathed..” “Breath” is the literal meaning of “Spirit” So, in other words, “all scripture is given by the Spirit of God.” Words are expressed thoughts, so the word of God represents the thoughts of God expressed by the Spirit of God.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.  (2 Peter 1:21)

The Holy Spirit being the communicator of the thoughts of God about us through His word is the idea that Peter introduces. It took Holy men of God detecting the frequency of the Holy Spirit’s language to hear the Word of God. It didn’t take just any men, but Holy men. Holiness means sanctification. Holy Spirit chose to speak the Word through men that were sanctified – pure – living lives that are consecrated or separated (from the evil influences of the world) toward God. Holy men heard from the Holy Spirit, spoke and wrote the words that were spoken for posterity.

Reading further, we will find that the Word of God was communicated with a definite intent and effect. What is the effect? The word of God is profitable. This means that it has a reward or produces fruit in the believer. The different kinds of fruit that the word of God brings into the believers’ lives is listed in the same text. The word of God is rewarding through:

doctrine: which is an organized set of teachings. These teachings provide you with understanding on focused issues of life.

for reproof: this refers to reprimand or rebuke. When your life is going wayward, it is the cause of scripture to call you back to your senses.

correction: this refers to pointing out where things are wrong in your life and showing you the right way. Finally,

instruction in righteousness: this is the step by step advice on the way to think and live right in the sight of God.

Any time spent interacting with God’s word is not a wasted endeavour. A profitable thing produces profits. All the ways listed above in which the word of God is profitable produces profits or rewards in your life. Dig in!