Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #174
Welcome to the Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #174.
This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. As always, it is so good to be with you today to challenge you, encourage you, exhort you, and motivate you to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ right where you are to those who are not believers in Christ. Even though we will share some instructions on how to witness for the Lord from time to time, we believe that most Christians do not need to learn how to witness for the Lord, they just need to go and do it; so our aim is more motivational than instructional.
Our soul-winning Passage from the Word of God today is 2 Timothy 3:16-17 which reads: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
Allow me to share with you some insights regarding this Scripture from the Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable:
Paul wanted to reemphasize the importance of “Scripture” in Timothy’s present and future ministry. His emphasis in verse 15 was on its importance in Timothy’s life in the past.
There is no reason to limit the universal force of “all” to matters of salvation. When the Greek word translated “all” or “every” (pas) occurs with a technical noun such as “Scripture,” it is better to render it “all” rather than “every.” Furthermore, the context seems to suggest that Paul had Scripture as a whole in view. Paul had been speaking of the Old Testament as a whole in verse 15, and he undoubtedly carried that thought over into verse 16.
“All Scripture,” furthermore, is divinely “inspired” (Gr. theopneustos (theh-op’-nyoo-stos), lit. “God-breathed,”). This fact in itself should be adequate reason for proclaiming it. It does not merely contain the Word of God, or become the Word of God under certain conditions. It is God’s Word, the expression of His Person (heart, mind, will, etc.). This was the view of the Hebrew Bible that Jews in the first century commonly held.
“Scripture” means “sacred writing,” and applies to all divinely inspired writings (Old and New Testaments). The Greeks used the word graphe, translated “Scripture,” to refer to any piece of writing, but the New Testament writers used it only of holy Scripture. When Paul made this statement, the books of our Old Testament were primarily the inspired writings he had in view. However, even in Paul’s day, Christians recognized some New Testament books as inspired.
“God’s activity of ‘breathing’ and the human activity of writing are in some sense complementary.”
Scripture is useful. Therefore Timothy should use it in his ministry. It is “profitable for teaching” (causing others to understand God’s truth) and “reproof” (bringing conviction of error when there has been deviation from God’s truth). It is helpful for “correction” (bringing restoration to the truth when there has been error) and “training in righteousness” (childtraining type guidance in the ways of right living that God’s truth reveals). This is a selective, rather than an exhaustive, list of the ways in which the Scriptures are useful. In Romans 15:4, Paul wrote that God also gave the Scriptures so that people could have hope.
“They are profitable for doctrine (what is right), for reproof (what is not right), for correction (how
to get right), and for instruction in righteousness (how to stay right).”
“Here stress is only laid on such [purposes] as affect the teacher’s task in face of misleading teaching.”
“… no one can get even the slightest taste of right and sound doctrine unless he be a pupil of
Consequently, “the man (or woman) of God” has all that is essential to fulfill his (or her) ministry. The “man of God” refers to Timothy, but also to anyone who commits himself (or herself) to God, especially, in view of the context, those in positions of spiritual oversight. He is “adequate” (complete, filled out, “equipped” with all the essential tools he needs) “for every good work.”
Our soul winning quote today is from Billy Graham. He said: “I am convinced that people are open to the Christian message if it is seasoned with authority and proclaimed as God’s own Word.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 39 of our series titled “The Master Plan of Evangelism” from Robert E. Coleman.
Demonstration – Using Scripture
Another aspect of Jesus’ life that was vividly portrayed to the disciples was the importance and use of the Holy Scriptures. This was evident both in maintaining His own personal devotion and in winning others to the Way. Often He would take special pains to impress on His followers the meaning of some passage in the Bible, and He never ceased to use the Scriptures in His conversation with them. Altogether there are at least sixty-six references to the Old Testament in His dialogues with the disciples in the four Gospels, to say nothing of the more than ninety allusions to it in His speaking with others.
All this served to show the disciples how they, too, should know and use the Scriptures in their own life. The principles of Bible exhortation were practiced before them so repeatedly that they could not help but catch on to at least some of the rules for basic scriptural interpretation and application. Moreover, the ability of Jesus to recall so freely Old Testament passages must have impressed the disciples with the necessity of learning the Scriptures by heart, and letting them become the authority for their pronouncements.
In everything it was made abundantly clear that the word written in the Scriptures and the word spoken by Christ were not in contradiction, but rather complemented each other. That which Jesus taught was also to be cherished by His disciples. Hence, the Scriptures, coupled with His own utterance, became for them the objective basis of their faith in Christ. Furthermore, it was made clear to them that if they were to continue in His fellowship by the Spirit after He was gone from them in the flesh, they would have to abide in His Word.
In our next episode, we will look at Demonstration – Supremely Soul Winning
* * * * * * * * Let’s Pray * * * * * * * *
Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time,
Keep the soul winner’s fire!