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God Breathed

See-Your-Breath-560x292 I was reading 2 Timothy 3:16-17 recently which says, All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living; thus anyone who belongs to God may be fully equipped for every good work.” I have believed and must commentaries that I have read also believe that these verses are talking about God being the inspiration behind all Scripture. I believed and still believe that this is true, but the more I read the Bible I have come to realise that the Bible is like an onion in that each passage has more that one level.And each level while possible talking about different things at the same time can still be true in each of its levels. Just remember that the Bible was not written by logical so called enlightened Europeans but rather by Middle Easterners who thought and still think in a very different way to us.

Now back to the passage. The part that I want to focus on is the words God breathed in relation to Scripture. The word God in the Bible is usually used to convey 2 different ideas. In the majority of case the word God is used to convey the Father. In some other cases it is used to convey the idea on the Trinitarian Godhead. In this verse I wish to put forward the idea of the Father. The next word breathed is used on numerous occasion in Scripture to convey the idea of the Holy Spirit.So if we run with this idea then Scripture is the Father breathing out the Holy Spirit. Now this on its own doesn’t add very much to this verse but what is the job of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirits number one job is to point towards Jesus. So what I believe that this verse is pointing at is that All of Scripture is about Jesus. It is all simply the Father breathing out the Holy Spirit in order to reveal Jesus on every book, chapter and verse of the Bible. If you want to now about Jesus you don’t simply read the Gospels or the New Testament, but you can find Jesus in Genesis, Joshua, Haggai, Kings etc etc. Jesus is the central theme of the Bible. He was there in the beginning before Genesis 1:1 and He will be there after Revelation 22:21. Jesus is the foundation, building blocks and roof of the Bible.

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