Is the entire Bible always useful?

October 3, 2007

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness. (2 Tim 3:16)

This is not a response, but a … reaction? … to this post. I was really impressed with how Danny was able to draw meaning out of Leviticus. Not because it’s not there, but because I’m often asking myself … is this passage meaningful for me today? And I often answer (uh, myself) … “no”.

So, the question, irrespective to Danny’s useful and profitable post, is this: does “all Scripture is profitable” necessarily imply that “every single verse and chapter is useful to every person at any time”. The question that follows on the heels of this is, of course, is all Scripture equally valuable?

Martin Luther did not think so …

St. John’s Gospel and his first Epistle, St. Paul’s Epistles, especially those to the Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, and St. Peter’s Epistle-these are the books which show to thee Christ, and teach everything that is necessary and blessed for thee to know, even if you were never to see or hear any other book of doctrine. Therefore, St. James’ Epistle is a perfect straw-epistle compared with them, for it has in it nothing of an evangelic kind.

So yeah, here they are again, let me know what you think!

a) Is every verse useful/relevant to every person at every time?

b) Are some books/passages more useful/relevant than others?

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3 Responses to “Is the entire Bible always useful?”

  1. curtismchale Says:

    a) No every verse is not useful to all people at all times. I would say that all verses are useful to people at the right time. If you are not currently struggling with a certain issue then a verse regarding that may not convict you at one time in your life. Conversly if you are struggling with holy living and read a verse the same verse it may speak to you.

    b) Again I would have to refer to my answer above. Sometimes all verses are useful.

    http://struggleswithfait.wordpress.com

  2. Lee Says:

    a) No. Is it the case that, with a greater depth and breadth of knowledge of Scripture, one might glean more from any given verse at any given time? Yes. Whose fault is that?

    b) I like Curtis’s answers above. To give a practical example, a good friend and missionary (with Wycliffe for 20+ years) was speaking to my college group in San Luis years ago and described an occasion where the the usefulness of even the most unlikely of verses was strongly illustrated. He described the translation efforts of a team in some corner of the world where the work had gone on for some years, and the translators were working through Matthew (I believe). They wanted to get to the heart of the gospel quickly, so they didn’t translate the genealogy recorded in chapter 1. Some years had past since their ministry among this people group had started – it takes time to first learn to communicate in a rudimentary way, then describe the language formally, gain the vocabulary, etc. But they had no fruit through all the years up until this time. Wanting to finish the book they started, the finally translated the genealogy. When they read the translation of the genealogy to the people, they were stunned by the response. The people finally accepted that what they were saying must be true! This was because ancestry was very important to them, and chapter 1 proved that the record of Jesus’ human ancestors was also significant in the Bible, therefore it finally began to ring true to them – and their ministry began to bear fruit.

  3. titus2woman Says:

    I agree that Curtis said it very well. However, being well-versed in all of the Bible always is of benefit to draw from for reflection in later tough seasons, and such verses will come alive! Boy, I really need to take my own advice! (((((HUGS))))) sandi~I think it depends the seasons of your life!


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