God Is Speaking; Are You Listening?
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, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Pastor Harper tells us that everyday God is speaking through His Holy Word. II Timothy refers to the supernatural guidance of the writers of Scripture by the Spirit of God, so that what they wrote was the divine Word of God, transcribed accurately, reliably and without error in the original manuscripts.
The word inspiration itself pictures God breathing out His Word to men. Not everything written by an apostle or a prophet was necessarily inspired. But the inspiration of God describes the unique character of the writer and/or Scripture. It is not only written by men but authored by God himself.
And since the Scriptures are given to help Christians grow in maturity, then Christians should rely upon them everyday:
For doctrine - to tell one what to believe.
For reproof - to tell one what is wrong.
For correction - to tell one how to correct wrong.
For instruction in righteousness - to tell one how to live.
To be perfect - having everything needed to do what God wants.
To be thoroughly furnished - "thoroughly equipped."
Pastor Harper also reminds us that God's inspired Word, properly used and applied, provides all we need for life and ministry.
"God is Speaking; Are You Listening?"