The Primacy of the Word of God in Preaching
Paul’s last written charge to Timothy was culled down to these three words, “Preach the Word” (2 Timothy 4:2). What Word? Just a few verses prior, he outlined the nature of the Bible:
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[a] may be complete, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Theologians use the term plenary verbal inspiration: All Scripture is inspired, breathed out by God! But it is also profitable, making the man of God both complete (mature) and equipped for every good work. Think on this just for a moment.
All Scripture. At this time, ‘all Scripture’ meant the Old Testament. In Luke 24:13-35, Jesus has just risen from the dead and comes up upon two of His disciples, Cleopas and another unnamed disciple on the road to the town of Emmaus. They were trying to process the events of Christ’s arrest, trial, and crucifixion–and the fact that the women disciples reported that His body was missing. Here’s Jesus’ response:
25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that …read more