Verse of the day - 2 Timothy 3:15

  • From infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:15

    In addition to personal teachings about Jesus from Paul and other early Christian leaders, Timothy had been trained in the Torah from an early age by his mother and grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5). This verse notes his lifelong immersion in the word of God. Timothy was most likely literate, something not as common in his time as it is today. He had both heard and probably read from the Torah at the local synagogue in Lystra (Acts 16:1). At the very least, his mother and grandmother instructed him in the Jewish scriptures. He had a Greek father and was not circumcised until he was an adult, but had a strong Jewish influence from his mother's side of the family.

    Paul also adds the primary point of the written word of God, both Old Testament and New: leading people to a saving knowledge of God: Jesus Christ. The Old Testament writings gave wisdom for salvation, but salvation itself came through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8–9). Paul notes the importance of the Old Testament, while also emphasizing the saving role of Jesus as the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17–20).

    Second Timothy 3:10–17 draws a strong contrast between the worldly, wicked behaviors of false teachers, and the conduct Timothy has seen from Paul. Not only has Timothy seen Paul's suffering for the sake of Christ first-hand, he has often experienced it alongside his friend, as well. This adds to the validity of Paul's teachings, which he strongly encourages Timothy to hold to. Above all, Timothy is to rely on the most secure, reliable, unchanging defense against error and false teaching: the ''God-breathed,'' inspired, written Scriptures.

    From infancy! If you had a godly mom that brought you into the world surrounded by faith in Jesus, stories from the Bible, and lullabies of faith, then praise God and thank her. If you didn't, then make a commitment that your children and your grandchildren will be given this head start in life. Yes, personal faith will be won in adolescence or adulthood, but beginning in infancy is such a blessing. To fill a child's world with love and hope and promise because of Jesus is the greatest gift a parent can give!

    Holy and attentive Father, I thank you for the incredible gift of believing parents. I pray that more of us who do believe will be active in sharing our faith with our children. Please make my family and my life a place where children and grandchildren can find it easy to believe and safe to rejoice in Jesus. In his precious name I praise and thank you. Amen.