Paul and 2 Timothy 3:16

“Paul sees the whole Bible as the Word of God: (1) He reminds Timothy of what he has inherited, ‘… from childhood (lit., infancy) you have known the holy Scriptures (lit, sacred writings)’ (2 Tim. 3: 15), what we call ‘the Old Testament’. But (2) he has already pointed Timothy to what he now possesses in principle, ‘you have carefully followed my doctrine… continue in the things which you have learned… knowing from whom you have learned them’ (2 Tim. 3: 10, 14) Paul is referring, of course, to his own inspired writings, but his words cover in principle the apostolic scriptures of the New Testament. Then (3), bringing Old and New together, he teaches that ‘all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine (teaching the truth), for reproof (correcting errors in thought and conduct), for correction (redirecting the course of life), for instruction in righteousness (educating the believer— from infancy, v. 14, to graduation, v. 17).’” -Alec Motyer, A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament


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