Posted by: SandreS | October 20, 2009

The Church in Ruins (Brief Thoughts on II Timothy), Part 42

The Source of All Ministry

That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works (II Timothy 3:14-17).

The “man of God” was able, by the Word of God, to be “thoroughly furnished” to “all good works” Everything that needed to be accomplished would now be done through the Word of God. The phrase “thoroughly furnished” means “to finish out, to equip fully” (Strong’s #1822). Though the Body of Christ in its infancy had needed supernatural gifts imparted to them to carry out God’s work, the Word of God was now all the equipment that they needed.

Not one word does Paul say of a successor to his apostleship or of the authority of a church, body of churches, council or creed. The Scriptures, and they alone, are authoritative. (C.I. Scofield)[1]

Our brother Duane Gallentine has some wonderful observations concerning this truth, in his excellent article He Gave Gifts Unto Men:

After the full deposit of grace truth was given to Paul, that particular revelation called the mystery, God finalizes the edification process through Scripture. Those men who were once the “gifts unto men” were diminishing. II Timothy 3:16-17 reveals that the … ministry of the gifted men had been replaced with Scriptures that do the very same thing, God replacing their … ministry … with His Word of Truth found in a Book … God’s full complete Word in the Bible.

With the Epistle of Second Timothy being the last book in the Bible to be written, while Paul was near his execution, God had used His internal “gift system” to copy, collect and collate all which is Scripture. The Body of Christ, the church of the living God, was the pillar and the ground of the truth (I Timothy 3:15). God’s design was to have all Scripture resident within the Body of Christ before Paul died, with his Second Epistle to Timothy concluding that deposit of Truth. We have sixty-six books of Scripture found in a one-volume book. These are the Writings that God breathed, called Scripture (II Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 16:25-26; I Corinthians 14:37; Colossians 4:16).

Since the death of Paul, the Apostle, God’s edifying process for giving doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness to the saints has been through the Bible, not a man in a ministry, for that is not the means as stated in II Timothy 3:16. Through the Word of Truth found in a book studied ‘rightly divided’ we grow up in christ and become workmen of God (Ephesians 4:15; II Timothy 2:15).[2]

(to be continued)

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2001, 2009 Bible Student’s Press

[1] C.I. Scofield, The Scofield Bible Correspondence Course, (Moody Bible Institute, 1960) Volume IV, Epistles and Revelation, page 870.

[2] Duane Gallentine, He Gave Gifts Unto Men, 1992.


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