2 Tim. 3:16-17
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Tim. 2:15 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
The above texts are not in chronological order, but have been stated in context. Any reader will recognize and remember that God has given us a wonderful tool. I should insert here that we must also realize that this tool is the only authority we have in the works and will of God and it is of no private interpretation.
Now lets think about the tool. It is to be used for our own edification, instruction and information. There is no area of life that is not dealt with in this book. There is no area of reasoning that is not carefully answered in this book. There is no philosophy (concepts born of reasoning) that is not proven or dis-proven in this book. There is no religion that is not substantiated or debunked in this book. God had anticipated any spiritual, mental or social ignorance of men and has given ample instruction towards truth.
The issue remains and supersedes that there is a Holy righteous God that is offering to depraved men a plan of redemption and forgiveness. This book details the plan. There is no other plan. This book lays out a systematic set of truths called doctrine. The book is set to reprove the opposition of men and satan. It will offer correction to the misguiding of men's alternatives. It has full instruction, not only in the definition of righteousness, but also in the source and strength of true righteousness. This is one of the primary needs of men, because from the very beginning they have gone about to establish their own righteousness. That righteousness, religiously expressed, flies in the face of a Holy God who is offended by the lusts of our eyes, the lusts of our flesh and the pride of our lives. Men seem to think that their works of righteousness will gain favor with God. Their works will sometimes mimic the works that are actually approved of God. Example: in Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus himself refers to some in the day of the White Throne judgment will claim that they have actually cast out devils in the name of Jesus. The final words they hear from Jesus will be, "I never knew you." This is one reason that we must study the Word of God to rightly divide the word of truth. What could be the difference between someone who casts out devils and someone who casts out devils? The Word of God shows the difference. What is the difference between a "Christian" who enters into the joy of the Lord and another "Christian" who is cast into the Lake of Fire. Revelation 21:27 tells us that there is a list of names.
I think of the phrase in the above texts, "throughly furnished." That tells me that a person can become adequately prepared unto all good works through the Scripture. The study of those scriptures will have two effects upon a person. The first most evident by the second verse above, shows that we must see the approval of God, the approval is already given to one who has the indwelling Christ (Romans 8) The need is to know of that approval.
When we wake up to the fact that we are already approved of God through the indwelling of Christ, then we lose the shame and become workmen, rightly dividing the word of truth. Our sins are confessable for forgiveness, and all our unrighteousness is cleansed by the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
The Word of God was given by Inspiration to Inspire US.