THE POWERFUL ACTION OF THE SCRIPTURES
All Scripture has been handed down to us by Lord God. As such, the Bible is an extremely powerful tool that can be used to straighten our lives and live out the Jesus Way. Used correctly, the Word of God contained in the Bible can free us from physical and mental illness, addiction, greed, despair, and hate. The list goes on, and the Scriptures can rid us of anything that acts as a barricade to accessing God’s grace, forgiveness, and endless Love.
4 ACTIONS OF THE SCRIPTURES
Four Godly actions are apparent when the Bible is used as an effective teaching tool in counselling. These are teaching, rebuking, correction and training, as explained in 2 Timothy 3:16 – 17 (NIV):
“ 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
The King James Version states 2 Timothy 3:16 as:
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
It is profitable for doctrine which in simpler terms means that it teaches us to set out our norms for faith and daily living. From the Bible, we learn how to relate to God, ourselves and those around us. It also teaches us about marriage, sex, eating and drinking, and finances – everything we need to know to live fulfilled and purposeful lives.
In terms of rebuke or reproof, the Scriptures help us to correct one another when we start losing the plot and deviate from the path of righteous living.
Correction means to set up straight. After we have fallen down, the Scriptures pick us up so we can walk straight and are aligned with the Will of God.
Discipline or instruction in righteousness means to train us through structuring our mind to conform to God’s Will.
2 TIMOTHY 3:16 IN A NUTSHELL
Paul’s words to his faithful coworker, Timothy, can be explained through the perfection of the scriptures. All Scripture is perfect and is, therefore “profitable” for many areas of our lives. Paul lists four of these areas in 2 Timothy 3:16. Scripture is profitable for:
From Scripture, we learn what is true, what is wrong, how to correct wrong, and how to apply truth.
DR KRIGE AND HOUSE REGENERATION
This adapted content was extracted from A Biblical Approach to Psychotherapy authored by Dr Ado Krige, the Founding Director of House Regeneration, a South African drug rehabilitation centre offering a comprehensive discipleship training program. By applying principles of Biblical Therapy, using the Scriptures to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness, House Regeneration counsellors show anyone who has suffered from addiction how to fully understand why they do what they do and how to bring their own belief systems in line with the Word of God.