“The Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15).
In this glorious section of 2 Timothy 3, the Apostle Paul is exhorting Timothy to follow his example. Paul believes that all Scripture—every passage, every book, every sentence, every word of the Bible from Genesis all the way to Revelation—is profitable for all believers. He calls Timothy to live by the Book, and He’s calling you and me to live by the Book.
Continue in the Book, because that Book gives you the wisdom which leads to salvation. That book tells you the way of salvation. It tells you the plan of God to redeem sinners into His family; to change them, to transform them, to enable them to walk in this world as His people, as an outpost of glory; and one day to enter into the new heavens and the new earth and dwell with Him forever. That’s what this Book tells you. It’s like no other book in the world. It’s the one Book that teaches the way of salvation. Continue in that Book!
It’s not enough to say, “Oh, I believe that Book.” No. If you believe this Book—if you read it and take it to heart—you must have faith in Jesus Christ, because this whole Book is about Jesus Christ. Remember the conversation on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection? Jesus preached the truth of Messiah, the Savior, from the Old Testament: “Beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24:28). In effect, He said, “This whole Book, this whole Old Testament, is about Me.” Now, if that’s true of the Old Testament, it’s even more true of the New Testament. If you believe in this Book, if you continue in this Book, if you persist in this Book, if you abide in this Book, you will trust in Jesus Christ.
“To Him [Jesus] give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:43). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).
May God transform us by His truth.
—Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III, adapted