The Word Teaches, Rebukes, Corrects and Trains

  • 2 Timothy 3:16  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
  • 2 Timothy 4:2  Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.
  • Romans 15:4  For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

A pastor I know says that as you read the Word, it reads you.  God knows what knowledge you need, what answers you need, what correction you need, and what development you need.  He’ll point it out to you from His Word.  It’s funny how you keep reading about forgiveness when you’re holding back forgiveness from someone.  It’s amazing how you read a scripture that has an answer you need.  God is wonderful that way.  He gives you what you need.  He is a good Father.  He disciplines you through His Word but it is up to you to receive that correction or not.  It’s up to you to accept His teaching or not.  He’s given it all to you.  Now it’s a matter of what you’ll do with it.

How to allow the Word to teach you, rebuke you, correct you and train you:
  1. When you read the Word, learn from it.  Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you as the Word says that He “will teach you all things” (John 14:26).
  2. Allow the Word to rebuke you and correct you.  When you read a command which you are not observing in your life or not following as you should, determine to change your ways.  You’ll be blessed for it.
  3. Allow the Word to train you and develop you.  God knows the plans He has for you and He’ll direct you through His Word.
  4. Meditate on the Word and this will allow the Holy Spirit to reveal its meaning to you.  Allow His Word to change you.

Call to action:
  Read Matthew chapters 5 through 7 as a student and let the Master teach you afresh.