2 Timothy 1:13–14
13Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.
When Martin Luther was being tried for heresy and was being asked to “take back” all of his teachings, he said no. He said no because of the vow he took when he was ordained a priest of the Church. He swore that he would be loyal and faithful to the holy scriptures. Reading this text this morning, that incident in his life immediately comes to my mind, as well as the fact that I took that same vow when I was ordained.
Last night in confirmation class I got to teach about things that are very near and dear to my heart and to my spirituality. I got to teach about the two creation accounts in Genesis 1-11. I got to teach about those chapters being part of the “pre-history” of the Bible. I got to teach about the poetic and literary nature of God’s holy Word. I got to teach young minds that science and scripture are not in conflict for people of faith. In teaching all of that I got to show forth the ways in which the Bible is the “inspired” Word of God.
We see this same idea of “inspiration” in this text from 2 Timothy. The Bible is a good treasure full of sound teaching. It is only a true treasure for us when we allow the Holy Spirit living in us to help us interpret and understand it. The inspiration that is part of the Bible includes the times when we teach and learn and discuss the Bible with others. The inspiration did not stop when the Bible was published. The inspiration continues as we read it and apply it to our own lives.
Dear Lord God, continue to help us recognize the presence of your Spirit as we read and study your Word. In your name we pray, Amen.