"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)
Every Pastor and Bible teacher has read this verse. Many Christians know it. What always struck me as odd was the phrase "training in righteousness." Until one day, I made the connection to Matthew 6:33, where it says, "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness." When it comes down to it, every Bible text, every biblical truth is connected to the Kingdom of God.
If I love my wife like Christ loved the church (Eph 5:25), I display the same love that Christ displayed towards the world. Christ the King, willing to die for his people. If I forgive someone who has hurt me (Mat 6:12), I display the grace God has towards me. Grace is a staple of the Kingdom of God. If I live out scripture with this understanding, if I train myself to do so, I ultimately display what God values. This is what I call "being trained in Kingdom Values."
Let us read scripture as a training book, a training book on Kingdom Values.
'Keychain Blog' provides a keys into different rooms of God's House There are insights into what God has revealed to me while reading His Word. It is my hope that you walk away from these 'Keys', encouraged and challenged at the same time.
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