2 Timothy 3:16-17
When Paul refers to ‘all Scripture,’ he is referring to both the Old Testament scriptures as well as the writings of the apostles in the New Testament. These two verses are among the most important in the entire Bible as they reveal important truth about the nature of God’s revealed Word to us. What you believe about the Bible influences everything you believe and affects every decision that you make in life. That’s why we are to saturate our minds with the truth of God’s Word. Within the pages of Scripture, God has revealed what Paul refers to as His “secret wisdom” (1 Cor. 2:7-10). This is why it is so important that we understand the Bible. If we go to God’s Word and seek His wisdom for our lives, found only in a relationship with Christ, then our lives and thinking will be radically changed. Whenever the truth revealed in the Bible has been introduced to society, it always leads to changed lives.
An illustration of this can be seen in the story of mutiny aboard the H.M.S. Bounty in April of 1789. That historical incident has been the subject of a novel as well as a couple of movies, “Mutiny on the Bounty.” A group of British sailors, led by first mate Fletcher Christian, mutinied and seized control of a ship used by the Royal Navy to transport breadfruit plants from islands in the South Pacific. The mutineers cast the captain and eighteen other men adrift in a small boat, and then sailed to Pitcairn Island. They sank the Bounty in the bay and then started building a community on the island. Fletcher Christian was the leader of the community, and they treated the island natives as servants. They made a crude distillery and began brewing whiskey. Very soon, the mutineers were drinking all the time, fighting, and murdering each other.
One of the men, Alexander Smith, found a Bible in a trunk he had salvaged before the Bounty was sunk. As he began the read it, he gave his life Christ and his life was transformed. He then taught the Scriptures to others on the island, and the entire society on Pitcairn Island was changed. To this day, Christianity in the South Pacific can trace its roots to his influence. That is the transforming power of the living Word of God. It has happened over and over again throughout the centuries.
The living Word of God goes to work in our lives as we listen to it preached, as we study it, memorize it, and obey it. Be changed by it today!
For more, read Ephesians 3:7-10; Hebrews 4:12