16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3
During a British coronation service the Moderator of the Church of Scotland hands a Bible to the new monarch and says,
This Book [is] the most valuable thing that this world affords. Here is Wisdom, this is the royal Law; these are the lively Oracles of God.
This declaration is true and yet Paul’s letter to Timothy seems to add what is missing: the proclamation of the Gospel: for training in righteousness.
Although these words may point to acts of righteousness there is only one true source of righteousness behind these acts: Jesus Christ.
It is only through Christ’s life, death and resurrection that we are made right so that we might begin to live more fully in the grace of the forgiveness Christ has offered us through His death on the cross.
The Bible is the record of God’s living word proclaiming to us the law that reveals our separation from God, but more importantly, the sweetness of the healing Gospel that points us to the foolishness of the cross, the true wisdom and righteousness of God revealed in Christ Jesus who brings us back into a living relationship with the Triune God, the source of forgiveness, life and salvation.