2 Timothy 2:15; 3:14-17

Let’s examine the benefits that come from a close relationship with the Word of God. We are told in 2 Timothy 3:16 that the infallible, inerrant, and inspired words of God are “profitable.” This word means “beneficial, useful, and full of profit.” I would like to zero in on that aspect of the Word of God today and preach on “The Profit in the Holy Scriptures.”


The word “furnished” means “to be complete and equipped.”

A. They equip us for the faith. In the pages of the Bible, we learn all we need to know to give us:

1. Saving faith (2 Tim. 3:15). The Bible shows us our condition, gives us our condemnation, and tells us how to obtain our conversion. The Bible shows us a crucified and risen Savior who gave His all so that anyone who believes in Him might be saved. The Word of God is a book about redemption!

2. Serving faith (2 Tim. 2:15). Here we are commanded to “study” the Bible. This word means “to be diligent, to labor.” If we will spend the time we need in the Word of God, we will be able to “rightly divide” that Word. This is a surgical term that means “to make a straight cut.”

B. They equip us for the fight (Eph. 6:18). When Paul described the armor of the believer, he only mentioned one weapon: the sword of the Spirit, or the Word of God. The word “sword” comes from the Greek word rhema. It refers to what was called the “Roman short sword,” which was much like a dagger. This short sword was on the belt of all Roman Legionnaires. They carried it wherever they went and used it in many tasks—from preparing food to hand-to-hand combat.

By the way, when you try to fight the battles and the enemy of life in your own strength, you will fail (1 Cor. 10:12). But, when you fight the battles of life with the Sword of the Spirit, you are assured of victory (Matt. 4:11)! Learn the layout of the armory; it will enable you to fight far more efficiently!


A. They enable us to grow spiritually (2 Tim. 3:15). Here we read that the Scriptures have the power to make us “wise.” This word means “to teach or to have understanding.” I would submit to you that there are people in this room today who have not had the benefit of obtaining an extensive formal education but who know the ways of God better than many theologians, because they know their Bibles.

If you will get the “seed” of the Word within your heart, God will water it, and it will bear fruit. You will grow! As you abide in Him, through prayer and through studying and meditating on the Word of God, you will find that “fruit” will be produced in your life. You won’t have to struggle to grow in the Lord; you just will! “Furnished” in 2 Timothy 3:17 is in the passive voice. How much time and effort are you putting into your study of the Word (Ps. 1:2; 119:148)?

B. They enable us to go spiritually (2 Tim. 3:17). The Word of God gives us all the tools we need to go to work for the Master. The Bible teaches us about:

God’s works (what He is doing around us).

God’s will (what He wants from us).

God’s ways (how He accomplishes His will).

As we read the Word of God, we discover that there are some things we are to avoid and some things we are to do.

As we obey the Word of God, we will find ourselves “thoroughly” or “completely and perfectly” “furnished” or “equipped” to do the Lord’s work in this world!

God saved you to work for Him (Eph. 2:10; James 2:18, 20). The Lord saved us to work, and the Bible tells us how!


A. We are enlightened through their coaching ministry. The Scriptures teach us “doctrine.” This word simply means “teaching or instruction.” It refers to the body of truth that we believe and practice as part of the Christian faith. Everything we know about God and believe as Christians has been taught to us by the Word of God.

B. We are enlightened through their chastising ministry. The word “reproof” means “to be convicted.” It conveys the idea of putting something to the test. The Word of God will put your life to the test. It is like a set of scales or balances; it will show you where you fall short. It is like a plumb line; it will show you where you do not line up! God’s Word is like a mirror, and it will reveal the true you (James 1:23-25).

The word “reprove” comes from the same word that is translated “evidence” in Hebrews 11:1. In both cases, it refers to “convincing evidence.” In modern language, we would call it “the smoking gun.”

C. We are enlightened through their correcting ministry. The word “correction” means to “restore to an upright or correct state.” The Bible doesn’t just show us what is wrong in our lives; it also teaches us how to fix what is wrong. It teaches us about repentance and the confession of sin (Prov. 28:13; 1 John 1:9). If you do what the Bible says to do about the wrongs it exposes, you will be on the right path in short order!

D. We are enlightened through their commanding ministry. “Instruction in righteousness” refers to “instruction that aims at increasing virtue.” The Bible will tell you what is wrong with you. It will also tell you how to fix what is wrong with you. Then, it will tell you how to live so that you can avoid being found in the wrong again. Literally, the phrase “instruction in righteous” means “that which cultivates the soul.” The Word of God, if read, believed, and lived out in your life, will cause you to become more like Him!


A New York art enthusiast had a good collection of paintings, one of them being the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which hung over his writing desk.

For a long time, he noticed that it persisted in hanging crooked despite the fact that he straightened it every morning. Finally, he asked the housekeeper if she was responsible for its lopsided position each morning. “Why, yes,” she replied, “I have to hang it crooked to make the tower hang straight.”

Does that sound strange? That is exactly how a lot of people read the Bible. Many people twist the Word of God in order to justify their own opinions or actions, or doctor it to make everything appear right. Let us not twist the Scriptures to suit our own fancy. Let us be sure to hang the picture right! Preachers and teachers need to be especially careful that we “cut it straight” (James 3:1). We must not allow our opinions to cloud the message God wants His people to hear!

There is great profit in the Word of God, but only as we take it as it is written and conform our lives to it! Thank God for the Bible!