2 Timothy 3

2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

(a) All Scripture. Paul was no doubt thinking of those books of the Hebrew Bible that we know as the Old Testament. Today “all Scripture” would include the New Testament as well.

(b) For training in righteousness. The Bible distinguishes two kinds of righteousness; the kind that is based on our works (self-righteousness) and the kind that comes from God (Christ’s righteousness). The former falls short of the perfect standard that God requires (Is. 64:6). But the good news is that God’s righteousness is given freely and is received by faith (Rom. 1:17, 3:22).

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