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July 9, 2014

First and foremost, the Word was inspired and given by Divine guidance to 40 authors who penned 66 books consisting of 1189 chapters and 31,173 verses over a period of 1,500 years. Initially, it was written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek; however, over the years the Word has been translated into 2,018 languages, and it is the number one selling book in the world.

In reading the Word, it is important to know that everything written in the Word is factual; however, everything spoken by people in the Word may not reflect the heart or mind of God. Thus, readers need to allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate their minds and search the Word for the truths that can be found in it. God designed the Word to equip believers with four components to aid in our development, minimize shortcomings, and allow us to reach our full potential. These components are doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction. Confirmation of this fact can be found in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

Let’s briefly look at the definition of these components:
1. Doctrine: a belief accepted as authoritative by a group, teaching, a rule, or a principle of law.
2. Reproof: censure severely, expression of criticism, rebuke, and reprimand.
3. Correction: an act of offering an improvement to replace a mistake, treatment of a specific defect.
4. Instruction: teaching, activities of education.

To simplify these definitions think of them in this manner. Doctrine tells you what is right reproof tells you what is not right, correction tells you how to get right, and instruction tells you how to stay right.

Sometimes we become offended when the Word hits home and exposes errors in our lives. People leave churches because they felt the pastor was singling them out and not realizing the preached Word was working. Both of these adverse actions make Satan happy, for anything that makes believers reject the Word delights him. Also, our ignorance of the Word and rejection of it aligns us with the plan of Satan for our lives.

Finally, in the book of Acts chapter 17, there is a city called Berea, and some of the people of that city were described as noble because they daily searched the Word and received it with willing minds. If you want to grow spiritually, if you want the Word to work to its fullest capacity in your life, and if you don’t want to be blinded by Satan follow the example of these Bereans.




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