Koinonia

Like a tree

This is a study of the word “fellowship” in Acts 2:42. Let’s begin with reading the verse in context. It’s the day of Pentecost; the church has grown from 12 to 3012 on the same day. How did this new church cope with the explosive growth?

Acts 2

41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added to them about three thousand souls.

42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship [koinonia], and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

43 And fear came on every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

47 Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

The Greek word for fellowship is koinonia. This word has multiple meanings but in this instance it means “intimate joint relationship”. This means a two-way deep sharing of heart issues. It’s easy to share positive things in your life: engagement, pregnancy, birth, new job, promotion, weight loss, etc. It’s the uncomfortable things that transcend a relationship from shallow to deep. This requires vulnerability by sharing bad decisions, unfortunate circumstances, your fears, your concerns, your worries, your anger, your disappointment, or any of your weaknesses. This does not give you permission to gossip because that is a sin. Intimacy requires somebody to take a risk by exiting their comfort zone. Intimacy is sometimes pronounced in-to-me-see. This accurate assessment is about letting somebody else to see inside me.

Andy Stanley said “They will admire you for your strengths but they will relate to you through your weaknesses.” Andy’s statement is a gem. To be influential you need to share your strengths and weaknesses. The apostle Paul talked about his weaknesses in 2 Corinthians.

9 And he [God] said to me [Paul], My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest on me.

10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Paul said that God’s strength is made fully mature in his weakness. He gloried in his weakness that Christ’s power may abide on him. Then he boasts “When I am weak, then am I strong.” Acknowledging our weaknesses and dependence on God is humility and releases Christ’s power.

Acquaintances engage in safe conversations. Talking about sports, politics, current events, pop culture, church, school, work, weather, cars, or clothing is not koinonia.  Attending church and exchanging pleasantries with a few people is not koinonia. Meeting somebody for lunch is not koinonia.

Koinonia not only requires an intimate sharing but also an intimate receiving. It requires the ability to love somebody unconditionally regardless of what is shared. The receiver needs to be sensitive to the vulnerable trust being extended. Be worthy of the trust by being a good steward. Ensure that the information is safeguarded. Also take the risk of going from receiver to sharer.

In 2013 I was diagnosed with head and neck cancer. Cancer is one of the most devilish words in the English language. Very few words invoke such a strong reaction. Many people endeavor to hide their disease due to this fear. God told me the day after I was diagnosed to not hide my disease. This became a relief as I shared with workers, family, and friends. (We did limit the audience for the first couple of weeks because I felt a need to have an understanding and a plan before sharing with my children.) This sharing exposed my helpless vulnerability. The treatment was going to be brutal unless I was healed miraculously. There was a shift in intimacy after sharing my challenges and my families challenges (Cancer is not a solo disease). God showed his strength and power in my utter weakness.

There is nothing easy about koinonia. It requires learning to express uncomfortable things, listening to uncomfortable things, extending love and patience, being inconvenienced, showing emotions, and safeguarding information. However, the rewards of an intimate relationship and knitting of hearts is invaluable. Take a risk today.

Basic Bible Course – E. W. Kenyon

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I have been teaching my family the book “The Bible in the Light of Our Redemption” by E. W. Kenyon. This is a great basic bible course for anybody 15 and above. It covers the bible from Genesis to Revelations highlighting the significant events and themes to understand the bible. E. W. Kenyon is one of my favorite bible teachers and i have read many of his books. He writes densely so allow time to process the information. This book is fodder for some deep and poignant discussions.

What is the Church?

breaking of bread

We are all familiar with the word Church but do we know what the bible says about Church? Some common meanings are

  • A building
  • A denomination (e.g. Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, etc.)
  • A religious service

At the end of Acts 2 is a summary of how the church operated in the first century.

41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added to them about three thousand souls.

On the day of Pentecost the Church grew from the twelve apostles to 3012. That is amazing growth. There was no government, Church buildings, culture, programs, leadership hierarchy, or plans for how to support the 3000 new saints. What a great problem to have! Then God proceeds to explain how the early Church operated. The souls were saved by confessing that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Jesus from the dead. This produces baptism in the name of Jesus Christ.

42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

These new believers were devoted to four things.

  1. Apostles doctrine
  2. Fellowship (koinonia)
  3. Breaking of bread(sharing meals)
  4. Prayer

The apostle’s doctrine consisted of teaching the right way of believing. We have the New Testament today but on the day of Pentecost their bible consisted of only the Old Testament. The information needed by the believers is in the church letters (Romans to Thessalonians). I assume that God gave the apostle’s revelation by Word of Knowledge and Word of Wisdom concerning the doctrine that they received and shared.

Fellowship is koinonia which is “intimate joint participation”. Koinonia is an intimate two-way communication. Listening to a pastor teach and then saying hi to a few people after the service is not koinonia.

Breaking of bread is a figure of speech which means eating meals together. There is a bonding that happens during the sharing of meals and many times it fast tracks intimacy discussions.

Prayer was a priority for the saints. This underscores the importance of prayer in a healthy church.

43 And fear came on every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

Each saint had a deep respect for God, the apostle’s, and the other believers.

The apostles accomplished many signs and wonders. Since signs and wonders follow believers then the apostles produced supernatural signs through operating the manifestations: faith, miracles, healings, prophecy, and exorcism by discerning of spirits

44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

The believers spent time together as family and shared.

45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

People sold what was in excess of their need and shared with others so that nobody had lack.

46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

They were daily in the temple with a common purpose. They were fulfilling the law.

They were sharing meals regularly in each other’s homes (which was the common meeting place) by thankful eating and having a sincere heart.

47 Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Praising God was their lifestyle. This crushes pride and builds up humility. The more we praise God the more we recognize God’s presence in our lives.

They had favor (grace) with the other believers.  There will never be favor with all of the local people. Since they persecuted Jesus we can safely assume that we can expect the same resistance.

As a result of all of this church culture in action the Lord added to the Church daily all that were being saved. This is the blueprint for a healthy growing church.  Jesus said “They will know you are my disciples by how you love each other. He did not say they will know you my disciples by how you love them. Unbelievers are most impacted by observing believers love each other and realizing that they want the same fellowship.

This is the Church that Christ died for.

Prodigal Son

 Prodigal Son

The story of the Prodigal Son is a well-known parable in the Bible. Everybody can relate to this story about a broken family relationship followed by a very bad decision. In that situation being redeemed and forgiven during a low point is a deep desire that we all have had. Let’s explore this story of undeserved redemption.

Luke 15

1 Then drew near to him all the publicans [tax collectors] and sinners for to hear him.

2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receives sinners, and eats with them.

This is the context for the next three parables explained here. A parable is a fictional story for comparison to highlight a point. Jesus was eating with the despised tax collectors and sinners. The religious leaders thought “How dare he?” and complained that Jesus was hosting and eating with the sinners. In eastern culture the salt covenant was in practice when sharing a meal because salt was in the food. The salt covenant was a bond of commitment and protection to the extreme of giving your life on behalf of the other person. This covenant was taken seriously and could not be broken. Jesus was engaging in this deeply bonding salt covenant with these sinners and it offended the religious leaders.  This is the context for the following parables.

3 And he spoke this parable to them, saying,

4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

7 I say to you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repents, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

This is the first parable. There is great rejoicing over one sinner that realizes he is a sinner and chooses to change directions from his sinful ways.

8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, does not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

9 And when she has found it, she calls her friends and her neighbors together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

10 Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.

The second parable is about a lady sinning by losing a valuable piece of an heirloom set. This was a wedding gift of great sentimental value. The friends and neighbors rejoice over her finding the silver piece because the loss could be grounds for divorce.

Now we get to third and final parable about the prodigal son. All three of these parables are related to the leaders complaining about Jesus eating with the sinners.

11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:

12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me. And he divided to them his living.

There are two sons. The inheritance was divided one portion for each son and a double portion for the oldest. That meant that the youngest son received a third of the estate.

13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

Prodigal is defined as wasteful. The prodigal son wasted his inheritance.

14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

Unplanned circumstances occurred which was not a famine but a mighty famine. This was not just a lack of food but it was widespread and over an extended period.

15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave to him.

He got a job feeding the pigs and received low wages resulting in him eating with the pigs. This man has hit a low point in his life.

17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

He comes to a moment of clarity and realizes that Dad’s servants have an abundance of food while he is starving.

18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before you,

19 And am no more worthy to be called your son: make me as one of your hired servants.

He talks to himself and decides to go to his father and admit that he sinned by being a slothful and ungrateful son. He determines a conversation with his father “I am not worthy to be a member of your family but can you hire me to be one of your servants.”

20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

Thoughts always precede actions. He decided how to approach his father and then returned to what he used to call home to seek employment. His father must have been looking in the distance for his son since he had departed because he saw him when he was far off and moved by compassion ran to his son, fell on his neck, and kissed him. The father’s heart was not hardened towards his son but was hoping his son would have a change of heart.

21 And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight, and am no more worthy to be called your son.

With great humility and pain he approaches his Father, first admitting his sin to God and to him and then professes his unworthiness to call him Father.

22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

23 And bring here the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

The Father did not let the son finish his prepared speech. The Father had his own plans if his son returned. He put his best robe on him, put a signet ring (ring of authority), and shoes on his feet. Then the Father called a merry feast requiring the slaughter of a fatted calf.

24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

The Father is declaring that his Son has been resurrected from the dead. It’s time to celebrate and have a party.

25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.

26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.

27 And he said to him, Your brother is come; and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.

28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him.

The brother is angry that his Dad throws a party for his brother that he has declared dead in his heart. He is not rejoicing over the resurrection.

29 And he answering said to his father, See, these many years do I serve you, neither transgressed I at any time your commandment: and yet you never gave me a kid that I might make merry with my friends:

He says “I’ve been an obedient and faithful son and you never threw ME a party.” He resented his father’s forgiveness and generosity. He thought that the celebration should be earned by works and not by grace. He deserved a party and his brother did not.

30 But as soon as this your son was come, which has devoured your living with harlots, you have killed for him the fatted calf.

Since the older son is aware of the younger son’s antics then he must have been geographically close but spiritually far away. He is seething with resentment towards his father and his brother. Works will always lead to resentment.

31 And he said to him, Son, you are ever with me, and all that I have is yours.

32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this your brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

The dad tells him that he has always shared all with him. If you want to have a party then have a party, fatted calf included. It’s right to celebrate and rejoice because your dead brother is now alive. This is a story about works versus grace and forgiveness versus unforgiveness. This story is less about the wasteful son and more about the generous, forgiving father. Both son’s sinned in their hearts. The difference is that one realized it and confessed. The other was blind and remained bitter.

Our heavenly father desires for all men to be saved and to come unto a full experiential knowledge of the truth. He will forgive us because He yearns to have fellowship. Now that’s something to rejoice about.

Understand Your Bible?

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The Bible is the bestselling book in the history of the world. It has more translations and versions than any other book.  These versions vary in accuracy due to the intent of the writers. Unfortunately, today most people do not bring a paper bible to church due to,

  • The bible is not taught
  • The verses are displayed on a screen
  • Electronic devices are more convenient
  • The verses are read quickly so that the teaching flow is not interrupted.
  • People have a different version than the one being taught

Thank God there are still churches that take the time to unfold the scriptures while the people follow along in their bibles.

Fact: There are no perfect translations of the bible.

Translating a bible from ancient texts into another language is a difficult task. Word for word translations result in awkward communications because language structures are different. Figures of Speech and customs in the bible are unfamiliar to people outside the culture. That includes the beloved King James Bible that has been a staple for centuries. It’s a wonderful version but not perfect. (Disclaimer -The King James is my preference for reasons outside of the scope of this article)

Fact: The original texts had no chapters, verses, or punctuations.

The books of the bible were meant to be read as a complete book. Chapters were added in the 13th century and verses were added in the 16th century. The chapters, verses, and punctuations are not divinely inspired. The Old Testament is translated from Hebrew text which has no vowels. The vowels were added when translated into English. This caused the size of the bible to grow. Due to this increase some of the books (Samuel, Kings, Chronicles) were divided into two books.

Myth: All of the bibles are the same. It doesn’t matter which version.

I have been told that the details do not matter as long as we agree on the major topics. This causes divisions among churches. The top selling English bibles are New International Version (NIV), King James Version (KJV), New Living Translation(NLT), New King James(NKJ), and the English Standard Version (ESV). Because of the easy access to free bibles on line via electronic devices then bible purchases are not a requirement. I believe that the multiple versions have created a division in the Christian community. This causes us to regress to the least common denominator which is the basic principles of the bible. Unfortunately, I don’t believe that this is acceptable to God.

2 Timothy 3

16 Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

17 so that the man of God may be perfected, fully furnished for every good work.

Each scripture is God-breathed and profitable. God has imparted life into every word of scripture and each of them is profitable. Did God preserve and maintain the entire bible so that we could spend time in less than a tenth of the verses? This is a lazy way to approach the bible.

2 Timothy 2

15 Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

We are instructed by God to “Study” to show ourselves approved to God, with the goal to rightly divide the word so that we are not ashamed. The word “study” in Greek means to be diligent, eager, or to exert your best effort. This is the exact opposite of laziness. The details of the Bible are important and it requires diligence to reconcile the difficulties that will be encountered.

To study the Bible correctly the Spirit of God is needed. We want God to lead, guide, and direct us while studying so that we can learn his thoughts and ways. This is impossible without the Spirit of God. The goal is to know the heart of God and not just read the words of God. The study of God goes from 2D to 3D with the Spirit of God. The Bible is fathomless which means that there is no verse that we will ever understand the full depth and meaning. It’s a lifetime adventure. Enjoy the journey!

Forgive One Another

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a trademark of Christians. This is an area to master and practice to resolve offences that come up every day. A great verse to learn, memorize and teach your children is James 1:19

19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

There are 3 rules listed here

  • Be swift to hear
  • Be slow to speak
  • Be slow to anger

By following these 3 rules then 80-90% of relationship problems will never occur.

The Message bible has a beautiful translation of this verse.

Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear.

In the event of an offense then forgiveness is necessary for your own peace and freedom. Unforgiveness will eat away at you thinking patterns, impact relationships negatively, and cause physical ailments.

Ephesians 4

32And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.

We are to forgive one another even as God for Christ’s sake forgave us. Did God forgive you? He allowed his son to die on the cross to pay the price for  my sins and yours so that we could be reconciled back to God.

Unforgiveness is a tool of the devil.

2 Corinthians 2

7 So that contrariwise you ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.

8 Why I beseech you that you would confirm your love toward him.

9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether you be obedient in all things.

10 To whom you forgive anything, I forgive also: for if I forgave anything, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;

11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

When we do not forgive then we are in partnership with Satan! God wants us to be very aware of the schemes of the Devil.

Ephesians 4

26 Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath:

It’s common for unforgiveness to be the root of anger. Don’t let the sun go down upon your wrath means to take care of your anger today and not let it linger until tomorrow because the longer you stay angry the stronger the root in your mind becomes which results in providing accommodations for the devil in your life.

We endeavor to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. We don’t make the unity but we keep the unity. It’s impossible to keep the unity of the spirit when you have unforgiveness. Also you will not have the peace of God. We need the peace of God so that we can hear from God. Unforgiveness causes a running dialogue in your head that will drown out the voice of God.

When we forgive we restore our peace so that we have an open channel to hear from God. We need to forgive others regardless if the other person accepts our forgiveness.

There are 3 categories of forgiveness.

  • Forgive God – You may blame God for your looks, your height, your family, your lack of friends, your intelligence, your thoughts, etc.
  • Forgive yourself – You may blame yourself for past errors, wrong thoughts, wrong words, unhealthy attitude, unbridled anger, unkindness, etc.
  • Forgive others – You may blame others for treating you unkindly, making fun of you, talking behind your back, excluding you,

Sometimes there is a need to inform the offender of their offense. Since love has both eyelids and eyes then we do not want to point out every offense. We see a lot and ask God for the things that he wants us to address. This process is uncomfortable but also necessary.  In Matthew 18 Jesus instructs us on the process.

15 Moreover if your brother shall trespass against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone: if he shall hear you, you have gained your brother.

Step one is to go to the person and share in privacy your heart concerning the offense. This does not require counseling or an elder. This just requires that you love your brother enough to give them an opportunity to hear the problem. It amazes me that often the offending  person is unaware or has forgotten the trespass.

16 But if he will not hear you, then take with you one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

This does not require an elder but should include mature believers. The reason is that both sides of the problem need to be heard and then understood by reflecting on the Word of God.

17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it to the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be to you as an heathen man and a publican.

At this point it is time to engage an elder or pastor in the process since this is involving the corporate body.

18 Truly I say to you, Whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

19 Again I say to you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the middle of them.

21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

22 Jesus said to him, I say not to you, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

 

We are not expected to literally count 70×7 which is 490. This is a figure telling us that we forgive AND forget each time. This is challenging but necessary for us to move on without the baggage of unforgiveness slowing us down. The option of being unforgiving (which is aligning with Satan) is not an option.

The Why for the Word

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When I was affiliated with a marketing company one of the leaders made this profound statement, “If you have a big enough WHY then you will figure out HOW to do anything.” This statement intrigued me when studying the word of God which generated my interest in the “WHY” for the Word of God. The focus of this “WHY” question is twofold — Why should I care about the Bible and Why  God wanted the bible written.

The Word of God…

  • is a personal letter from the creator of the heavens and the earth.
  • Framed the Ages.
  • Explains the origin of the earth and of man.
  • Unfolds the story of man’s creation and fall, the promise of a savior, the preservation of the Christ line, the prophecy of Christ’s first coming, his birth, his ministry, his accomplished believing, his crucifixion, his death, his burial, his resurrection, his ascension, his present position seated at the right hand of God and his return for his saints.
  • Reveals how to be born again and contains the operator’s manual for the new creation
  • Contains all things that pertain to life and godliness
  • Explains the rise and expansion of the first century church
  • Is infinite in wisdom unlike man’s writings which are finite.
  • Restores, Reconciles, Redeems, Reveals,
  • Explains: heaven and hell, Jesus Christ and the Devil, angels and demons,
  • Is the most popular and remarkable literary work in history.
  • Is not a history book but is accurate historically,
  • Is not a Biology book but is accurate biologically
  • Is not a Astronomy book but is accurate astronomically
  • Is not a Geology book but is accurate geologically
  • Is not only factual but truthful – It is Reality!
  • Is the richest source of figures of speech in the world.
  • Reveals the secret to a long life, riches, honor, wisdom, health, peace, etc.
  • Tells us how to live in relationship with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and God.
  • Is the soul food needed to feed our minds.
  • Fits together perfectly even though it was written by over 40 authors over a span of thousands of years.
  • Is the sword of the spirit, the weapon for confronting the devil
  • Explains death and the afterlife which includes our rewards and reigning with Christ
  • Contains the only words which God backs up.

Why should we care about what the Bible has to say about anything?

In the second chapter of Timothy God informs us not only that the Word of God is profitable but also why it is profitable.

2 Timothy 3

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

 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

The phrase “given by inspiration of God”  literally means “God-breathed”. This hearkens back to Genesis chapter 2

7And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Hebrews 4:13a(Webster’s Bible Translation)

For the word of God is living, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword,…

God breathed  into His Word and it became living just like he breathed into man and he became a living soul. It’s electrifying that the Word of God is alive. There are multiple writers of the bible but only one author – God.

The Word is useful, helpful, and beneficial because it is alive and imparts life.

Doctrine is the right way to believe.

Reproof is needed for practical error so that we can return to the right way of believing

Correction is needed for doctrinal error. Once practical error is practiced long enough then it becomes doctrinal error. Correction is then needed to return to the right way of believing.

The combined effect of doctrine, reproof and correction is instruction in righteousness.

These are needed so that the man of god can be perfect. In the Greek this word means to be repaired or prepared. It’s used for a ship preparing to get underway.  When a ship crosses the ocean it has to be prepared for the unknown. This means the ship needs to be in top notch condition, outfitted with food and supplies, and the crew needs to be in good physical and mental condition. Since a Home Depot will not be available then extra materials need to be stored.

Therefore the word of God will equip the man of god by repairing and preparing him for performing good works.

Here is reworked version of the verse in 2 Timothy 3:16

16All scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for right believing, for returning to right believing after practical error, for returning to right believing after doctrinal error, which is instruction in how to believe rightly:

17So that the man of God may be equipped, fully equipped for every good work.

The Bereans were praised for studying the bible to see if what was being taught was in alignment with the scriptures.

Acts 17:11

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily to see if those things were so.

God magnified his Word above all of his works.

Psalm 138:2b

“…for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

The Word of God is superior to what man thinks, says, or does.

The Word of God explains how to be saved from this dark world and saved for eternity.

The Bible unveils the most powerful force on this planet – The Love of God.

But why did God ensure that his Word would be meticulously written, perfectly assembled and preserved?

The God that created the heavens and the earth,

The God that slung the stars in space,

The God that expelled the Devil and one third of the angels from Heaven,

The God that created the birds, animals, and fishes,

The God that created the first man and woman,

The God that miraculously provided comfort, food, and drink to 2.5 million men, women, and children for 40 years,

The God that provided the Savior for all of mankind – including you and I,

The God that “so loved that he gave his only son”,

The God that promised that we shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed,

This God, the father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, wants fellowship with each person because

He has a Why for His Word – Love!!!!