Thursday, September 26, 2013

Where God's Love Leads...Looking at 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (part 4)

Another Monday post on Thursday {smiling}...

 Continuing the series that shows that "repentance" and being led into repentance is truly a 

love language...
love inspired...
love encompassed...

  All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for in righteousness...(RSV)

A brief review of different translations:
training in righteousness - NASB, NIV, ESV
instruction in righteousness - KJV, Darby, WEB, HCSB, Jubilee Bible
instruct in justice - Douay-Rheims Bible
instruction in right doing - Weymouth Bible
instruction that is in righteousness - Young's Literal Translation
for direction and for a course in righteousness - Aramaic Bible in Plain English
teaches us to do what is right - NLT

All these ideas are  rendered from a phrase "paideia en dekaiosyne" which means: 
1.  the whole training and education of children (which relates to the cultivation of mind and morals, and employs for this purpose now commands and admonitions, now reproof and punishment) It also includes the training and care of the body
2.  whatever in adults also cultivates the soul, esp. by correcting mistakes and curbing passions.
         en = in
1.  In a broad sense: state of him who is as he ought to be,
2. righteousness, the condition acceptable to God

Sometimes, when we have had harsh "discipline" in our lives, we read this as using the Bible "as a hammer"...

but if reproof is the x-ray and correction is setting the broken bone or healing the injury, then we can think of training in righteousness as a time of physical therapy, in which the injured part is strengthened and brought back to its original functionality, or even better than original!  And that is consistent with the nature of God; the One Who sent His only begotten Son to die on a cross for us!  He doesn't leave us to figure this out on our own, or sit in judgement on our frailty, but along with the provision for eternal life, He provides for our walking through this life in His light as well!

I will not leave you as orphans

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—
how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 

He knows we are but grass

He has given us all things that pertain to life and Godliness...

Who can separate us from His love?  There is no one and no thing!