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Monday June 29th, 2009 Reproof? Correction? Doctrine? 2 Timothy 3:16&17

Last week I was asked a question. The question came from a very serious student of God’s Holy and perfect word. The question was, “What is the difference between reproof and correction in 2 Timothy 3:16?” I thought for a moment and said “I’m not really sure, I think...” But then I went to my study and found that I was not completely correct. I was close, but not correct enough. I should have said, “I don’t know, let me study it and get back to you.” That will be my answer from here on out. The ACP audience has shrunken to the size were now I can take the time to research before answering a question.

 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16&17

All scripture is given by inspiration of God,” means simply that “no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” It means that what is written in the Bible is all traced back to the Holy Ghost, not the individual writers, so when we read what Paul wrote, we can easily, honestly, and accurately say; “Thus saith The Lord God of Creation via the pen of the Apostle Paul.”

For when we read in 2 Timothy 3:16&17, 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16&17, that is not Paul speaking, but God speaking thru the pen of Paul.

Now first or all, why would God think it important to tell us that 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16&17 ?

It is because He had chosen to say thru the pen of Peter: For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 1 Peter 3:12-15

So, to “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear”, you must know and believe in your heart that every word in the Bible has come from God, that it isn’t a bunch of stories made up by men, but is instead the very word and thoughts of God. That way you can use the Bible as a basis and fact to use it with 100% assurance “for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”.

Let us look again at the 2 verses then let us look at the meanings of “doctrine”, “reproof”, and “correction”.

doctrine: is the word didaskalia, pronounced did-as-kal-ee'-ah , it means a basis for the function or the information, a doctrine for learning and teaching.

reproof: is the translation of the word elegchos, which is pronounced el'-eng-khos and means proof so solid it is accepted for conviction: it is accurate and absolute evidence. In 1511 the above was the definition of reproof. Today we would probably use the phrase “absolute uncontroversial proof”.

correction: epanorthosis, pronounced ep-an-or'-tho-sis meaning a straightening up again, i.e. (figuratively) rectification (reformation):-- correction.

So, today verse 16 might read “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for absolute uncontroversial proof , for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

So today we are to use the Word of God, the Bible, as our basis and foundation for reaching and teaching, aka doctrine, for the absolute proof needed to show someone the errors of their ways, the error of their theology, the error of their teaching, preaching, etc., and for the correction of minor errors in life, dress, speech, behavior, etc.

But, more important is that you now have the Greek words and definitions so that you can arrive at what God’s word says for yourself. You need not accept my exposition, but can indeed arrive at your own. That is why I am doing the thoughts with so much Hebrew and Greek these days. (My expositions are comprehensive descriptions and explanations of a studied section of Scripture. My commentaries are my expression of opinions or offering of explanations or critical notes about a section of Scripture.)


All Scripture, unless otherwise noted, is from the ACP/KJV


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