In our last teaching in this series we launched into the four specific steps leading into the fruitful reception of the Word of God in our lives. The goal of the whole process is clearly marked out by Paul in verse 17 - ....that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
That's the goal - the target. We want to be men and women of God. And, more than that, we want to have good works abounding in our lives - "...equipped for every good work"(17). We want our relationships to be full of good works. We want our ministry for the Lord to be full of good works. We dont want our lives to be empty, or vain, as the Scriptures put it. We don't want to be spinning our wheels. We don't want to hold some isolated beliefs about God that make no difference to the fruitfulness of our actions and plans.
So Paul says God has a plan. He has provided something very special. Because it is very easy to overlook or undervalue this provision Paul reminds Timothy the Bible isn't just another book of information or instruction. There is lots of religious instruction in this world. Most of it is helpful enough as far as it goes. But the Bible is different from anything else. The reason it will accomplish its goal in our lives is its unique origin and its unique inspiration:
2 Timothy 3:16 - "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness...."