When you first read 2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;” you probably thought “Scripture” was both the Old and New Testaments. But, if your experience is anything like mine, one day, someone told you it actually referrs only to the Old Testament, because the New Testament was not completed, and was not collected until the Council of Carthage in 397 A.D. (or something like that).
But something was pointed out to me in my New Testament Introduction class this week that I actually had not seen before.
Read 1 Timothy 5:18
“For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.””
The first quote is from Deuteronomy 25:4 but the second quote is actually from Luke 10:7.
So the Apostle Paul’s understanding of what Scripture was actually included some of the New Testament (at least those portions he knew about that had been written by the time he wrote 1 Timothy).
I thought that was the clearest evidence I had seen in a while that the New Testament testifies of itself as Scripture, that is inspired or “God-breathed.”
Another important Scripture is 2 Peter 3:15-16
What an amazing God we have – that He would speak to us, in human language, that we might know Him and Him who He sent.
“ALL Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)