“But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:14-15)
Notice what Paul did not say was responsible for Timothy’s knowledge and salvation and faith in Jesus from his childhood.
He did not say it came from…
- the Talmud (a.k.a. the catechism).
- the Mitzvah (a.k.a. a creed book).
- the Oral Torah (a.k.a. oral traditions).
- the Sanhedrin decrees (a.k.a. man-ordained councils).
Where did Paul say Timothy gained his knowledge and salvation and faith in Jesus from? The answer is the Holy Scriptures of God. And why is that? What is so unique about the Holy Scriptures compared to all other writings? Paul himself answers the question in the very next verse:
“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 complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
If we want to know the mind of God when it comes to having the proper spiritual knowledge, salvation and faith in Jesus that’s available then we must go to the place of instruction that has been breathed out by the Spirit of God Himself – the word of God (a.k.a. the Bible).
When it comes to doctrine (spiritual knowledge), when it comes to reproof and correction (salvation), when it comes to instruction in righteousness (faith), and our relationship with Jesus, the Spirit of God uses the word of God to remake us into the image of the Son of God. And any other “mold” (i.e. catechisms, creed books, oral traditions and council proclamations) provided by man is a mold that will fall short, for their mold reproduces people in their image instead of God’s Son (Matthew 23:15, 2 Corinthians 3:18).
So if, according to Paul (a man who was well versed in all of the additional man-made writings and traditions of his day), the Scriptures of God were sufficient for Timothy when it came to his spiritual knowledge, salvation and faith in Jesus, then why would anyone today want to say anything else is additionally needed?
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” (John 16:13-14)