|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 So that the man of God may be complete and equipped for all good works.4
4 Scripture makes one wise unto [to what is required for salvation] salvation. Scripture is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; so that the man of God may be complete and furnished for all good works. Scripture does not lead to salvation; scripture can point to the correct way to salvation, but does not lead. Scripture is profitable and useful to the man of God, making it easier to teach proper doctrine, correction, reproof, etc; therefore the man of God is more furnished, and therefore more completely prepared for ministering to others; but scripture can not make a man of God. Only the one-on-one teachings of the Holy Spirit can make a man of God. Memorizing the Bible is worthless without life changing, heart purifying, and soul purifying grace from the Holy Spirit's reproofs, teachings, convictions, and destruction of sin. A man of God has been perfected to be like the Teacher; otherwise that man is a blind guide.
The King James Version grossly mistranslates this verse to be, "That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works;" which none of the other English bibles do, (click to see), and neither does the subject Greek word exhrtismenov translate to a state of perfection. It is once again, (as with John 5:39-40), a major translation error in the KJV that has led many millions over the centuries to think spiritual growth and perfection can be obtained by studying the scriptures. Spiritual growth can only occur in proportion to the destruction of the selfish, sinful nature in man; and that destruction only occurs by carrying your cross and following Jesus: the inward cross of self-denial.