Yesterday we looked at the basic reasons why we should believe the Bible from 2 Timothy 3:10-17. Today I want to show another reason that Paul gives Timothy, and us, to believe the Bible. This reason is not the most important reason but it is a significant one.
You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:10-17 ESV)
One Big Reason For Timothy to Believe the Bible
- Paul himself believes the Bible. Paul taught the Scriptures, arranged his conduct according to the Scriptures, used the Scriptures to aim his life and his faith, was equipped by the Scriptures for the good works of patience, love, and steadfastness. Paul discipled and mentored young Timothy and he is reminding Timothy, “Remember Timothy, I believe this. And if you wish to discount the Scriptures you also discount me.”
- From Childhood Timothy was taught to believe it. Paul reminds Timothy “knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings”. Again Paul appeals to Timothy to remember all the people who from his childhood had taught him the sacred writings. Paul is using all the people who had taught Timothy the Word to tell Timothy that if he decides to turn his back on the Word he would also be turning his nose at all those people who taught him the Word from his childhood.
- Timothy’s mother and grandmother believed it. Earlier is this same letter Paul wrote Timothy these words “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.” (2 Timothy 1:5 ESV) Here Paul reminds Timothy that this faith not only dwelt in Paul and all the people who had taught Timothy from childhood but it also dwelt in his mother Eunice and his grandmother Lois. Paul ups the ante for his protege. If Timothy decides to disregard the faith found in the Scriptures and put them aside he must also disregard the faith of his mother and his grandmother, if he wishes to call in to question the Word of God he will also be calling into question the very wisdom and discernment of these two very important people.
Here’s the point: If you wish to call into question the Bible you are also calling into question all the people who have believed it and taught it to you. With that decision you will also be considering every family memeber, every Sunday School teacher, every pastor, every brother or sister, every spouse, every child, every dad, every mom and grandmother, every church father, and every Apostle who have taught and believed these things to be foolish. With whatever charge you level against the Word you level against them because they believe it and taught it to you.
What I am not saying: I am not saying that this is the main reason to believe the Bible but it is a powerful one. You should never only believe something because someone else does. But you should be very careful to discount or disregard something that is believed and taught by so many people that love you and that you love and respect.