Bad Times, Good God
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Contrasts in vv14-15 to previous vv from 7-9
‘continue’ - contrast v9
believed - v7
‘learned it’ - v7
‘faith in Christ Jesus’ - v8
If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.
‘learned and ‘firmly believed’(v14) - ‘being trained int he words of the faith and of the good doctrine’
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Timothy’s teachings from his mother and grandmother
‘sacred writings’ - holy writings.
I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.
Jesus being the Lord of the Sabbath.
‘which are able to make you wise for salvation’ - power
‘are’ - present tense
‘wise’ - sophisticated
‘firmly believed’ - referring to Timothy’s sanctification
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.
But I know that you do not have the love of God within you.
Jesus is addressing the Jews
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.
What is my attitude like when I approach scripture? Am I adoring Him more?
Am I being spiritually apathetic when reading scripture?
You can’t know Christ without Scriptures and you need Christ to know the Scriptures
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
- great gain - financial gain but Christian view of gain is godliness with contentment is great gain
‘breathed out’ - inspired Word of God
What qualifies as scripture
Is scripture referring to OT or including NT which had not yet been completed as this letter was being written.
If scripture doesn’t contradict itself, and there’s unity in the message and will produce ‘teaching, reproof, correction ‘ which will results in training in righteousness.
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Sermon on the mount - Jesus authority
as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
Scripture doesn’t just contain the Word of God. It IS the Word of God.
From Desiring God lab - John Piper:
‘teaching - point them the right way
reproof - stop going the wrong way
correction - how to go the right way
training in righteousness - go the right way’
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Cor 5:17
sacred writings -Scripture -> wisdom-teaching -> faith in Christ Jesus -> righteousness - good works -> evidence of salvation -> continue
how Scripture is able to make us wise to salvation - by equipping us for life change
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.