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Useful to the Master - Part 4

V.15 (cont'd.)

** Here is component number three, care to guess what it is?

3) Accept the wisdom of God's Word - If Timothy learned the sacred writings and was led to salvation through Jesus Christ, it is because he accepted the gospel message as the power and wisdom of God even though men think it to be foolish. cf. 1Corinthians 1:18

Worshipful Conduct then continues to accept God at His word and all of the instruction that comes from knowing it intimately.

V.16 ** The final four components come quickly in this verse. Before we see them, what very definitive and striking statement does Paul make regarding God's word?

"All Scripture is inspired by God..." The word used here for inspired is "theopneustos" and means "breathed out by God" or simply, "God-breathed".

While the "sacred writings" of verse 15 referred to the Old Testament that Timothy was raised on, this term for Scripture describes all that was written in the New Testament as men "moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God". (2Peter 1:20-21 & 3:14-16)

** Alright, Paul now says that the Word of God is profitable as it leads us into the final four components
of Worshipful Conduct. What are they?

4) Teaching [didaskalia] - This is not the process or method of teaching but rather the content or doctrine given to believers through God's Word.

Worshipful Conduct is always in response to the doctrinal truth of God's Word! (James 1:22)

5) Reproof - This word carries the idea of rebuke in order to convict of misbehavior. Here God's Word is the tool used to stop us from a pattern of sin. Our conduct becomes worshipful as we stop our sinful behavior in obedience to His word. (Hebrews 4:12-13)

6) Correction - While reproof was in the negative, getting us to stop the sin in our life, now the correction of God's Word is positive in that it starts us going again in the right direction.
Jesus set people onto the right road, after they had been exposed to error.
(See Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28, 31-32, 33-34, 38-39, 43-44)

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