In 2 Timothy 3:14-17, Paul writes to Timothy:
You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
I have recently been thinking about these verses, and they strike a chord of reminder in me in several ways. Paul was writing to encourage Timothy concerning many matters, including rekindling his gift of shepherding the church, holding fast to right doctrine, being strong to work hard like a soldier, an athlete, and a farmer. He warns him of false teachers and their teaching and the certainty of persecution. Then, these words: “You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of…”
By the end of this passage, we clearly see Paul speaks of Scripture. We often hear verses 16-17 taught, but we don’t always make the appropriate connection with application. Paul is giving Timothy exhortation that it is Scripture which provides the solution to all these difficulties he faces. If he will stick with the Scriptures, Timothy will be protected, in a sense, from all these threats of hardship. For, God’s Word is sufficient for right doctrine, for correcting error and directing to right practice, and for teaching righteous living. Scripture equips God’s servants with all they need to progress.
We must be committed to the Word of God. These are words which are appropriate for all people. Scripture is sufficient for our needs. It is the tool the Lord uses for the heart-changing work He is doing. If you desire to know what to believe, turn to Scripture. If you desire to know how to live and how not to live, turn to Scripture. If you desire to know the life that is pleasing to the Lord and is capable of glorifying Him, you must turn to Scripture. Human wisdom is neither enough, nor fundamentally correct in dealing with these matters. It is the Word of God which changes lives.