2 Timothy 3:16, 17
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, . . . that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works,” 2 Timothy 3:16,17.
Paul reminded Timothy that his mother and grandmother had taught him the Scriptures, which had made him wise with reference to salvation. Ms. Ella’s Sunday School class consisted of two second graders, Wade and John. She had them memorize Ephesians 6:4 to recite before the church. Wade said, “And you fathers raise your children up in the nutrition and admonition of the Lord.” John then followed, “And you fathers raise up your children in the nurture and ammunition of the Lord.” The congregation smiled. However, the two boys had interpreted the Scriptures correctly. A parent who raises his family in God’s Word feeds them with the bread of life and arms them against the armies of the devil.
The Holy Spirit convicts us that we fall short of God’s glory and that God has provided a way to cover our sins with the sacrifice of His only begotten Son.
Once the Christian possesses the Holy Spirit at salvation, he needs the instructions that the Spirit uses to convict him of the right choices to make in life. Without God’s instructions the Christian does not mature because he does not have the tools necessary to do the good works God has planned for him to do. The Spirit uses God’s Word to instruct us, to scold us and tell us how to correct our misbehavior.
A Christian who does not study God’s Word often becomes the devil’s playhouse.