According to God's Word
The Integrity of the Word
Doctrine, Reproof and Correction
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II Timothy 3
:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable for doctrine,
for instruction in righteousness:
The Word of God, all scripture, is God-breathed and profitable for doctrine,
reproof and correction which is instruction in righteousness.
We have already studied The Power of Believing
and Believing: Faith and Fear and know that
believing is the key to receiving. God's word is doctrine, it is how to believe
rightly. When we are believing wrongly the Word is reproof: to reprove us where
we are believing wrongly and correction to get us back to the doctrine.
of God is given to as doctrine to teach us how to believe rightly.
You will hear people say that they don't believe the Bible; it is just a
bunch of stories or it is full of contradictions and errors. The Bible was never
written for the unbelievers. The Word of God was written for those who want to
know Him and walk with Him and live a life that is more than abundant. The
testimony of the Word is that it is God-breathed and profitable for doctrine,
how to believe rightly. The Bible wasn't written for the God rejecters and
critics. The Bible was written for men and women who want to know the truth and
have the truth make them free.
We cannot bring to God's Word our own ideologies and theories. We need to read the
Word and study the Word to see what God has said. We cannot know the Word by
studying other people's writings. The purpose of the "Living Abundantly
According to God's Word" series is to teach you HOW to go to God's Word and
know beyond a shadow of a doubt what God meant. It is to instruct you on HOW to
tap the resources of the more-than-abundant life.
:39 Search the scriptures;
for in them ye think ye have eternal life:
and they are they which testify of me.
Jesus Christ said to search the scriptures. Search the scripture, find out
about Jesus Christ and what he has done for you. The scripture tells us the
truth about Jesus Christ.
:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me;
and they have received them,
and have known surely that I came out from thee,
and they have believed that thou didst send me.
God gave Jesus Christ the Word and he delivered it unto us. We can believe
the Word. We can believe that it came from God.
:17 Sanctify them through thy truth:
thy word is truth.
The Word is truth, it is the doctrine we need. Do you want to know the truth?
Go to God's Word and search the scripture.. Search the scripture and find out
what you have, find out what God has given you, learn how to believe rightly.
Never come to God's Word with preconceived ideas, let the Word of God speak. We
dare not bring the Word of God down to our level, we must bring ourselves up to
the level of the Word. Man was not the author of the Bible, God was the author.
Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the holy spirit that God had given
Romans and Ephesians are primarily doctrinal epistles. God teaches us in Romans
that we are free from the law of sin and death. Ephesians teaches us how to walk
The Word of God is also profitable for reproof; it reproves us when we are
not adhering to the doctrine set forth in the Word. In Corinth the Believers
were divided depending on who taught them the Word. In the Doctrinal
epistle of Romans they had been taught to
:5 Now the God of patience
grant you to be likeminded one toward another
according to Christ Jesus:
I Corinthians 1
:10 Now I beseech you, brethren,
by the name of our Lord Jesus
that ye all speak the same thing,
and that there be no
divisions among you;
but that ye be perfectly joined together in the
and in the same judgment.
:11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren,
by them which
are of the house of Chloe,
that there are contentions among you.
:12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith,
I am of Paul;
and I of Cephas;
and I of Christ.
:13 Is Christ divided?
was Paul crucified for you?
or were ye baptized
in the name of Paul?
It is necessary that we all speak the same thing. We must speak the accuracy
of God's Word. We need to be right-on with the Word of God. If a Believer is not
doing something to your liking you line it up with the Word first. If they are
just wearing the wrong type of shirt one day you line it up with the Word. If
they are off according to the Word of God than the reproof of the Word will be
effective. If the shirt just doesn't suit your fancy than you have no right to reprove
them. Now, someone's shirt can be a petty thing but that little nit-picking can
begin to fray the fabric of a fellowship. You cannot please everybody with your
outward appearance. God looks at our hearts, not our outward appearance. We must learn the Word because we are free from the law and bask in God's Grace and Wisdom.
When we learn the Word and do the Word we are well-pleasing in God's
I and II Corinthians and Philippians are primarily reproof epistles. They
reprove us for not adhering to the doctrine that is set forth in Romans and
The Word of God is also profitable for correction. God's Word corrects us when
we have erred so that we may get back to the doctrine, right believing.
God has told Paul to correct the leaders in the fellowships in Galatia. They
were endeavoring to get the gentiles to live after the law.
Peter himself would fellowship with the Gentiles but when other Jews came to
visit he would separate himself from them (Gal 2:11-13). Paul corrects them with
the Word of God.
:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another
[another - heteros, another of
a different kind]
:7 Which is not another; [allos, another of the same kind]
but there be some that trouble you,
pervert the gospel of Christ.
:11 But I certify you, brethren,
that the gospel which was preached
of me is not after man.
:12 For I neither received it of man,
neither was I taught it,
but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
The correction is to get back to the grace that God has given us and they we are
no longer under law. We need not keep the law, we are freed from it. Jesus
Christ already paid the price, we no longer need to be circumcised or only hang
around the Jews. Jesus Christ was offered up for us all, there is nothing more
we can do to obtain our justification; it is done for us. To remain under the
law defeats the promises of God.
:14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the
truth of the gospel,
I said unto Peter before them all,
livest after the manner of Gentiles,
and not as do the Jews,
compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?
:15 We who are Jews by nature,
and not sinners of the
:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law,
the faith of Jesus Christ,
even we have believed in Jesus Christ,
that we might
be justified by the faith of Christ,
and not by the works of the law:
for by the
works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
:20 I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live;
but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in
the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God,
himself for me.
:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God:
for if righteousness come by
then Christ is dead in vain.
Galatians and Colossians are correctional epistles. They correct doctrinal
error that has crept in the church.
All scripture is God-breathed and profitable for doctrine, reproof and
correction which is instruction in righteousness. Our righteousness did not come
by the law it came by the doctrine, reproof and correction that is given in the
Word of God. God's Word is instruction in how to walk rightly.
We have just seen the function of the Word of God. In the next teaching we
will learn about it's purpose.
God bless you abundantly.