“All Scripture is God-breathed
and is useful for teaching, rebuking,
correcting and training in righteousness,
so that the man of God may be thoroughly
equipped for every good work”
(II Timothy 3:16-17) [NIV]
Our aim, objective, and goal:
The aim of all our study is to know the living God Himself –through His revealed Truth (His Word). The living God is the object, subject, and content of all our study; He is our Helper in understanding His Word; so He must Himself be the end of all our study. Christ, the Master, put it this way: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt. 6:33). What Christ is saying here is this: The Christian seeks God for God-Himself first, and for nothing else. Through Biblical revelation, the obedient Christian is led by God, and to God.
The tenor of this text suggests the following: the study of Sacred Scriptures trains a man in righteousness until he is “equipped for every good work.” Here is the conclusion. The study of the Scriptures must never be for selfish, or self-righteous purposes. Any conversion which makes a man think of nothing but the fact, that he has been saved (by himself), is no true conversion!
What good is it to teach the Word of God, and moralize humanity if they appear before the living God –unsaved? Should we not have as our all-absorbing desire, to see people come to the risen and living Christ and to be saved from their sin, guilt and shame?
Christians must study and submit their lives in obedience to the Authority of The Revealed Word of God in order to render themselves useful to the living God, and to others. Is anyone fully, or completely saved unless he/she has a burning desire to see his/her fellow-men and women be saved with the Message of The Gospel? Jesus Christ died for sinners can’t we live to see them be saved?
The purpose, or intent, of our Christian labor, (our talking, our walking, our living, our giving) and by implication, our teaching, preaching, lecturing, and writing should be to: establish faith in others –faith in the living God; by pointing people to the Eternal God and Jesus Christ our Lord (God, The Son). Therefore, the promotion of God’s glory, His kingdom, and the magisterial honor of Christ, must be the object of our lives.
Our faith, or belief should become the basis for all our actions and behaviors. Man acts on the basis of his beliefs. His conduct, his deportment, his demeanor, his attitude, his thought-life, the fruit of his life, and his actions are all determined by his faith or belief (see Rom. 12:1-2; Phil. 4:8; and James 2:14-20).