The Expository Files


What Kind of Book is This?

2 Timothy 3:16,17

It is a book “breathed out by God,” (ESV). In the King James or New King James, “inspiration of God,” and in the New International Version, “All scripture is God-breathed.” Just as surely as your breath comes from your body, this book came from God! There were human writers but they were guided by God, “moved by the Holy Spirit.” God chose certain men and so guided them, what they wrote was what God willed. Those writings came together under the hand of God and we have this book, the Bible. The Greek theopneustos carries the idea, “God-breathed,” which points to divine activity in giving to writers the content. God had such control, His Spirit worked through the writers to produce the contents of the Bible. The Bible is a book breathed out from God.

The Bible is “profitable.” Not every book in circulation is profitable or valuable. There are many books on the market written to entertain. There are books published to inform but the information may have no life-changing impact. Books are written to indoctrinate, or argue against something or sell something. The Bible was given by God, to be used by us for high value living for His glory and our good. God imparts to us, in the Bible, information that can – when applied – result in transformation. Reading this book with a good heart, I learn about who God is, what Christ did for me, how I can be saved, how I should live, how I should treat people, react to events, view material things and improve my character. The Bible was given from God, for our use – for profitable spiritual living here on earth. It is useful to bring to my attention all my sin; to unmask what is false and misleading; to correct my thinking; to form pure attitudes and train me is righteousness.

The Bible is sufficient, fully equipping the man of God. The expression “man of God” is used often in the Bible to describe men charged to speak God’s Word (Moses, Elijah, David, Timothy in 1 Tim. 6:11). God has never asked a man to speak for Him without giving him what to say! So in this passage the man of God is “fully equipped” with the message to be delivered. God has given us the message that needs to be delivered, heard, believed and obeyed.

"Expository preaching is Bible-centered preaching. That is, it is handling the text in such a way that its real and essential meaning as it existed in the mind of the particular Biblical writer and as it exists in the light of the over-all context of Scripture is made plain and applied to the present-day needs of the hearers," Merrill Unger, Principles of Expository Preaching.

By Warren E. Berkley
The Final Page
From Expository Files 18.2; February 2011