Quote of the Week: 2 Timothy 3:16, note 2

May 1, 2013

2 Timothy 3:16—All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

Note 2 on God-breathed: This indicates that the Scripture, the word of God, is the breathing out of God. God’s speaking is God’s breathing out. Hence, His word is spirit (John 6:63), or breath. Thus, the Scripture is the embodiment of God as the Spirit. The Spirit is therefore the very essence, the substance, of the Scripture, just as phosphorus is the essential substance in matches. We must strike the Spirit of the Scripture with our spirit to catch the divine fire.

As the embodiment of God the Spirit, the Scripture (God’s word) is also the embodiment of Christ. Christ is God’s living Word (Rev. 19:13), and the Scripture is God’s written word (Matt. 4:4).

The verse and note are from the Recovery Version, published by Living Stream Ministry. The Recovery Version outlines, footnotes, and cross-references were all prepared by Witness Lee. Bibles for America gives away the New Testament Recovery Version for free. You can order your free copy on our order page.

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  • Tom Smith says:

    Second Timothy 3:16, note 2, is one of my favorites. When I saw that the Scriptures are “God-breathed,” containing God’s Spirit as the essence, it revolutionized my Bible reading. Now I don’t just read to pick up more Bible knowledge. I read mainly to touch and receive the Spirit as the essence of God’s Word. I found that by simply praying with the Word I’m reading, I can touch His Spirit and receive spiritual nourishment while reading. What a blessing!

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