How is “All of Scripture God-Breathed?”

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Paul’s popularly quoted verse definitively states God is the Author of all Scripture. Though penned by men, it is divinely inspired, or, God-breathed. Since humans are imperfect by nature, we can conclude not all of Scripture is a direct quote from God, though many divine revelations in the pages of the Bible are. The historical accuracy of the Bible sets it apart from other stories and wisdom passed down through generations. “We have access to knowledge that is unshakeable true and infinitely valuable,” John Piper wrote on the topic.

“All Scripture is God-breathed,” also explains the alive and active Word of God. Meaning, we can study Scripture today and still find it relevant to our daily lives. God moves in and through His Word, guiding, counseling, connecting to and comforting us through its ancient pages.

What Does “All Scripture Is God breathed” Mean?

“All Scripture is God breathed” describes the Bible’s nature as God’s literal word, given to men by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This divine inspiration is the supernatural work of God’s Holy Spirit. The NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible further explains, “This doctrine does not downplay human action in Scripture’s authorship but affirms Scripture’s ultimate origin in God, who gave it.”

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What Did Jesus Mean When He Said “I Am the Bread of Life”?

“Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty’” (John 6:35).

God is our Provider, and Jesus is the Bread of Life. John recorded Jesus’ promise that all who freely accept this bread will no longer hunger. The first of the “I am” statements of Jesus, which solidify His nature as fully God and fully man is “I am the bread of life,” which describes the way we find full satisfaction in and through Christ alone.

“God is the supplier of divine bread,” explains the NIV Commentary, “and whoever eats of it will live forever.” Every word Jesus spoke on earth carried precise weight and meaning. This important note of Scripture defines our need to trust the Living Word to satisfy our physical bodies, heart and soul. 

The Meaning of “I am the Bread of Life” in John 6:35 

John begins his gospel account with, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Manna was the miraculous bread given to the Israelites as they traveled through the desert. Enough was given to them to satisfy their hunger for the day. If they kept any for the next day, it would spoil with worms. Jesus overturned traditional Jewish beliefs by referring to Himself as the bread of life. 

Jewish leaders also referred to bread, or manna, as spiritual food. In this text, John records Jesus explaining He is the Bread of Life, the very Word of God made flesh. “As the people yearned for the heavenly bread and as the rabbis reinterpreted this bread to mean the wisdom or life-sustaining presence of God,” the NIV Application Commentaryexplains, “so now Jesus is that precious gift.”

“The day before Jesus said these things, he had fed a crowd of 5,000 people with loaves and fish,” explained Jon Bloom for desiring God. “Not since the days of manna had a prophet provided miracle bread like that.” Jesus was now proclaiming to be Manna Himself, writes Trevin Wax. Not only is God Provider for our physical needs, but His Word made flesh satisfies the needs of our souls. 

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The Same Words (#jammed daily devotionals, day 334)

November #jammed: Gracious.

Day 334: Thankful for Truth.

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans 15:4

The smell of hot polyester seats with duck tape covering rips and holes wafted past as I 334flipped to the next page. Ears ringing to Jock Jams and mind whirring with anxiety, my eyes took in pictures of gold medalists and inspiring running shoe ads. All reminding me that the impossible is possible. Encouraging me to fight through the pain that would meet me on the track. As the lanes came into view and the bus squealed into it’s spot, I put the heavy binder back into my bag and walked out to warm-up.

We do a lot of mental warming up in life. Before sporting events, big interviews, important conversations and big moves. We repeat to ourselves what we hope to do and visualize what we want to happen.

But it doesn’t always turn out the way we want or look the way we think it should.

Without connecting our motivations to God’s Word on a daily basis, we are robbing ourselves of a key piece of strength. Strength we need to finish strong, close the deal, get the words out, or take that first step of change. The Living Word always applies to our lives. It’s relevant to what we’re going through, if we’ll seek to meet Him there.

As believers in Christ we have God’s Spirit in us, and it’s more powerful than any mental tactic we can conjure up …so why do we so often leave Him out of our important decisions and big moments? When seeking to achieve the impossible, it helps to have Truth ringing in our ears and whirring through our minds..

The more we read God’s Word, the more we understand what He’s trying to say to us. The more we seek Him in the early hours of the morning, the more prepared we are for each day. We are His, and we cannot operate within His will without His translation on our lives.

His opinion that matters the most. It’s what He says we’re capable of that we can wholeheartedly expect to happen. The Bible has the ability to motivate us and move our lives forward …all the way home to Him.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for Your Living Word. Thank You for meeting us in the pages of the Bible, and speaking life in to our lives. Forgive us for seeking other ways of inspiration, and help us to seek You always and each day.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Word-ing,

Megs

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The Story Time. (#jammed daily devo, day 237)

August #jammed: Reflecting on Grace.

Day 237: Stories are treasures.

May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. August 25

 Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.” Galatians 1:3-4

“See you later, alligator….”

At the sound of those story time ending words, little feet padded up to the felt board and stuck the alligator on to wait for his friends.

“Bye, bye, said the fly….” and up when another set of feet, holding the fly in hand.

Storytime at the library is precious time I will never regret carving out of my very first mom-days. Books are a universal. All of life revolves around one Book.

Today’s verse talks about the evil world. I can’t imagine how much more evil it could have been back then compared to what it is now. Yet, when we walk with Christ …though we know we’re immersed in an dangerous millennium, we are able to see Light in all things.

Like the little kids huddled around the librarians at story time, waiting for their turn to walk up proudly and stick their contribution onto the felt board …Christians walk to the ones He needs to love.

The world has a lot of evil in it, but I don’t believe the whole world is evil. I can’t know what I know about God and experience Christ like I have in my life …felt the Holy Spirit move as I have …and believe the whole world is evil.

After everything God created, He declared it “good,” and I believe with all of my heart that the “good” He declared can be seen through His Son.

“Let the little children come to me,” Jesus said.

No wonder. Sitting in a circle with little people reminds us why we are called to have a childlike faith. There is good in everyone, and beauty in everything God created. But we have to believe to see it.

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Father, Praise You for innocence. Thank You for children, for they remind us to have faith like a child. Forgive us for letting cynical thinking exploit the very real evil in the world over the beauty of God’s creation. Help us to be stronger in faith, and to believe enough to see the good. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy

Megs

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The Same Words (#jammed daily devotionals, day 334)

November #jammed: Gracious.

Day 334: Thankful for Truth.

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans 15:4

The smell of hot polyester seats with duck tape covering rips and holes wafted past as I 334flipped to the next page. Ears ringing to Jock Jams and mind whirring with anxiety, my eyes took in pictures of gold medalists and inspiring running shoe ads. All reminding me that the impossible is possible. Encouraging me to fight through the pain that would meet me on the track. As the lanes came into view and the bus squealed into it’s spot, I put the heavy binder back into my bag and walked out to warm-up.

We do a lot of mental warming up in life. Before sporting events, big interviews, important conversations and big moves. We repeat to ourselves what we hope to do and visualize what we want to happen.

But it doesn’t always turn out the way we want or look the way we think it should.

Without connecting our motivations to God’s Word on a daily basis, we are robbing ourselves of a key piece of strength. Strength we need to finish strong, close the deal, get the words out, or take that first step of change. The Living Word always applies to our lives. It’s relevant to what we’re going through, if we’ll seek to meet Him there.

As believers in Christ we have God’s Spirit in us, and it’s more powerful than any mental tactic we can conjure up …so why do we so often leave Him out of our important decisions and big moments? When seeking to achieve the impossible, it helps to have Truth ringing in our ears and whirring through our minds..

The more we read God’s Word, the more we understand what He’s trying to say to us. The more we seek Him in the early hours of the morning, the more prepared we are for each day. We are His, and we cannot operate within His will without His translation on our lives.

His opinion that matters the most. It’s what He says we’re capable of that we can wholeheartedly expect to happen. The Bible has the ability to motivate us and move our lives forward …all the way home to Him.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for Your Living Word. Thank You for meeting us in the pages of the Bible, and speaking life in to our lives. Forgive us for seeking other ways of inspiration, and help us to seek You always and each day.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Word-ing,

Megs

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