Read verses 16-17
Q: In verse 16, what is the meaning of “inspired”? That is, how is Scripture inspired? And, what parts of Scripture are inspired?
A: The most commonly accepted “theory” of inspiration comes from B. B. Warfield, that the writer is “superintended” by the Holy Spirit. That is, the Holy Spirit, using the writers own style, experiences and background, gives him the thoughts that are from God. This verse says that all Scripture is “inspired”, or “God-breathed”.
Q: Do you believe that Paul’s writings were believed to be inspired at the time he lived?
A: See 2 Peter 3:14-16. Paul’s letters are put alongside “the rest of the Scriptures.”
“Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.”
― 2 Peter 3:14-16
Q: In verses 16-17, what is Scripture profitable for, and for what purpose?
A: Teaching, reproof (refuting), correction, and training in righteousness. The purpose is that the person of God may be totally equipped for every good work.
Application: Why is Scripture necessary for the Christian to do a “good work”?
Final Application: Name 10 reasons the disciple of Jesus should know the Word of God.