BY PASTOR BOB HOEKSTRA
I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able…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 becomplete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (Acts 20:32and 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
God’s word (which is “the word of His grace“) is characterized by heavenly ability: “which is able…and is profitable for.” By God’s grace at work, the Scriptures take us into the wholeness that is ours in Christ, as well as fully equip us for service unto Christ.
All of the word of God’s grace is divinely inspired. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” Although written through human instruments, the Bible message is what God wanted to say. Therefore, the word is able to bring great spiritual profit into our lives: “and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” God’s word “is profitable for doctrine.” The teaching ministry of the word reveals to us the path of godliness. “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to mypath“ (Psalm 119:105). Also, God’s word “is profitable for… reproof.” The admonishing ministry of the word tells us when we are drifting from God’s path. “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they werewritten for our admonition“ (1 Corinthians 10:11). Further, God’s word “isprofitable for… correction.” The restoring ministry of the word calls us back to the straight and narrow path of godliness. “Let the wicked forsakehis way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon“ (Isaiah 55:7). Finally, God’s word “is profitable for… instruction inrighteousness.” The transforming ministry of the word moves us on down the path of Christlikeness. “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror [the mirror of the word] the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
As we allow God’s word to carry on this profitable, four-fold process, His grace is bringing us into a greater experience of the wholeness that is available to us in Christ: “that the man of God may be complete.”Additionally, this process is fully preparing us to serve the Lord in any manner that He desires: “thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Dear Lord, I need the word of Your grace at work in my life daily. Please impact my life by the supernatural ability of Your word. Teach me, reprove me, correct me, and instruct me in righteousness that I might walk in Your wholeness and serve for Your glory, Amen.