3. The Scriptures are a Benefit for the Believer
16 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.
Everything that Paul talks about is based on what we just said, it is what God wants us to know. The Scriptures can help us live a full, Godly life, but it gives us great guidance as well. We are:
(1) Taught by what is in the Word of God. The Scriptures teach us much as we read them and are taught by others, too. You can learn everything you need to know regarding how to live the Christian life, have wisdom, be a father or mother, and obedient child, or how to walk with God daily. We can learn about what spiritual gifts we have or whether we are called to be a minister of God or a missionary or what a pastor is supposed to be like. There is so much more to learn from the Word of God.
(2) But, we also can learn from the Bible rebuking our life or lifestyle, the way we talk, or how we think and even more. We are rebuked when we read the Scriptures or they are shared with us about our wrong doing.
(3) Correcting our thoughts or behavior is a way the Scriptures helps us become more like Christ. When we read and study the Lord, through the Holy Spirit, enlightens our hearts and corrects our errored ways. If we are to be rebuked and corrected when we are taught or when we read God’s Word, we will have to cooperate with the Holy Spirit, otherwise we would not come to the place the Lord desires for us.
(4) The Scriptures are to train us in righteousness. As we read or as we are taught, we are to begin to grow as a believer in righteousness. To become a righteous Christian is the goal, to be like Jesus is the end product of the training through the Word of God.
(5) All of these 4 things are to be used of God to help us become the servant that He can use, as we are doing the good works of our Father in heaven. Each Christian, through the training from the Word, is supposed to become more like Christ and do good deeds while we are living on this earth so that we can glorify and honor the Lord with all that we are and all that we do.To become the believer God desires is “to be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fulness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12-13)
Unfortunately the Bible or the Author of the Bible becomes something that not everyone believes in.
After Mark Twain had made his triumphant tour through Europe, where he was honored by great universities and kings, his daughter said: "Daddy, I guess pretty soon you will know everybody except God." The truth is, it doesn't matter who you know or how many you know. Ultimately, knowing God is the only relationship that matters for eternity. (Story from Franklin Kirksey)