This week’s So That message focuses on God’s gift of Scripture and it’s intended purpose: readying the Christian for God’s work.
Read the passage 2 Timothy 3:16-17 in its context. The character and actions of the Christian are in mind in these verses. Paul mentions a few verses earlier that Timothy followed him in his “teaching, conduct, faith, purpose,” etc, juxtaposed with 2 from Moses’ day who “will not make further progress” (2 Tim. 3:9). Paul further encourages Timothy and all Christians not to be alarmed when persecuted, rather persevere.
Being righteous? Sure, what Christian, called and redeemed by God, doesn’t want complete freedom from lingering sin? Secured by Christ, and through the strength of the indwelling Spirit, God uses the Scripture to train us in righteousness, to be more Christlike.
Being persecuted? The Scripture acknowledges that persecution for Christ’s sake can hardly avoidable. However, He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5), and this “light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory for beyond all comparison” (2 Cor. 4:17). Do we deserve such favor and attention from God? Good question. I know that I don’t.