How To Study – Rule 2

Rule 2: All Scripture is necessary, and may be understood by a diligent application and study.

MILLER’S PROOFS (texts which demonstrate the Bible principles in support of this rule)

2 Timothy 3:15-17 “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

My Comments

We have to accept the authority of God and His Word. All scripture is necessary and profitable. God has not wasted our time or his words in the scriptures, even though certain parts may at first seem to have no great importance. An example of this might be the book of Numbers, which seems to have genealogies. But we need to be diligent in our study in order to see the importance.

Spirit of Prophecy Support

“2. All Scripture is necessary, and may be understood by diligent application and study;…

The above is a portion of these rules; and in our study of the Bible we shall all do well to heed the principles set forth.”

– The Review and Herald {RH, November 25, 1884 par. 24-25}

“The apostle says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” [2 Timothy 3:16, 17.] …”

– Christian Education, p. 85 par. 1 {CE 85.1}

“The Bible was designed to be a guide to all who wish to become acquainted with the will of their Maker. God gave to men the sure word of prophecy; angels and even Christ Himself came to make known to Daniel and John the things that must shortly come to pass. Those important matters that concern our salvation were not left involved in mystery. They were not revealed in such a way as to perplex and mislead the honest seeker after truth. Said the Lord by the prophet Habakkuk: “Write the vision, and make it plain, . . . that he may run that readeth it.” Habakkuk 2:2. The word of God is plain to all who study it with a prayerful heart. Every truly honest soul will come to the light of truth. “Light is sown for the righteous.” Psalm 97:11. And no church can advance in holiness unless its members are earnestly seeking for truth as for hid treasure.”

– Darkness Before Dawn, p. 7 par. 5 {DD 7.5}

“‘As I was fully convinced,’ says Miller, ‘that all Scripture given by inspiration of God is profitable (2 Timothy 3:16); that it came not at any time by the will of man, but was written as holy men were moved by the Holy Ghost (2 Peter 1:21), and was written ‘for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope’ (Romans 15:4), I could but regard the chronological portions of the Bible as being as much a portion of the word of God, and as much entitled to our serious consideration, as any other portion of the Scriptures. I therefore felt that in endeavoring to comprehend what God had in His mercy seen fit to reveal to us, I had no right to pass over the prophetic periods.’– Bliss, page 75.”

– The Great Controversy, p. 324 par. 2 {GC 324.2}

References

Bible, King James Version

Quotes taken from the Ellen G. White Writings, Comprehensive Research Edition 2008 CD

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