Paul reminds his apprentice that Scripture is not just any other book. The Word of God is inspired, the ESV translates the word θεόπνευστος (theopneustos), “breathed out by God”. The point? Timothy best pay attention to, and remain in the inspired by God's Word.
Paul emphasizes his point by outlining for his man the function and purpose of the inspired Word of God. The ministry of the Word of God Paul expounds here is fourfold:
- Training in Righteousness
The purpose of the ministry of God’s Word in Timothy’s life and by extension ours is, according to Paul, critical. It is to make us adequate. Again our translations hide Paul’s emphasis. The passage literally translated would be, “in order to adequate may be the of God man, toward all work good equipped.” The word order emphasizes the purpose of making us adequate and equipped for good work. The two words translated, adequate and equipped are the noun and verb form of the same word family, again emphasis.
The point here is that in the face of the increasing number of false teachers, the evil men and impostors, it is critical for Timothy to abide in the Word of God. Not to do so will render him inadequate and unequipped.
Based on Matthew 28:18 – 20, and Paul’s exhortation to entrust this to others, 2 Timothy 2:2, the critical need to abide in the Word of God is true for us as well. Not to do so, would, as with Timothy, render us inadequate and unequipped to deal with false teaching.
There is much more to say here, especially about verse 16, but that will have to be covered in another post at another time…meanwhile, there is one more brick…