Treasures from the Word
Please read these passages in their original context as well, for greater understanding. These passages are intended to stir your interest, and encourage further study of God's Word.
A Study from R.A. Torrey's New Topical Textbook
Given by inspiration of God:
2 Timothy 3:16:
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness."
Given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit:
Acts 1:16; Hebrews 3:7;
2 Peter 1:21:
"For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."
Christ sanctioned, by appealing to them:
"It is written,‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
Christ taught out of:
"And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself."
ARE CALLED THE:
James 1:21-23; 1 Peter 1:22-25 - Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. (esv)
Word of God
"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart."
Word of Christ
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God."
Word of truth
Romans 1:2; 2 Timothy 3:15;
Scripture of truth
Psalm 40:7; Revelation 22:19;
Book of the Lord
Book of the law
Nehemiah 8:3; Galatians 3:10;
Law of the Lord
"But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night."
Sword of the Spirit
"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
Oracles of God
1 Peter 4:11:
"Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." (nasb)
Contain the promises of the gospel;
Reveal the laws, statutes, and judgments of God:
Deuteronomy 4:5; Deuteronomy 4:14; Exodus 24:3; Exodus 24:4;
Record divine prophecies:
2 Peter 1:19-21:
"And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."
Testify of Christ:
"To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him
(Jesus) receives forgiveness of sins through his name."
Acts 18:28; 1 Corinthians 15:3;
Are full and sufficient:
Luke 16:29; Luke 16:31;
Are an unerring guide:
"For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life." (nasb)
2 Peter 1:19;
Are able to make wise to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus:
2 Timothy 3:15:
"..from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."
Are profitable both for doctrine and practice:
2 Timothy 3:16-17:
"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 competent, equipped for every good work."
"The words of the LORD are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times." (nkjv)
"Your word is very pure, Therefore Your servant loves it."
"Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him." (nkjv)
"The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever." (nkjv)
"Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth."
"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple."
Quick and powerful
Written for our instruction
"For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. "
Intended for the use of all men
Nothing to be taken from, or added to
"Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it."
One portion of, to be compared with another
1 Corinthians 2:13;
"In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures." (nasb)
1 Peter 1:23:
"You have been born anew, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God." (rsv)
Psalm 119:50; Psalm 119:93;
"Understanding your word brings light to the minds of ordinary people." (cev)
Converting the soul
Making wise the simple
"Your word is the truth. So let this truth make them completely yours." (cev)
" these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name."
Psalm 119:49; Romans 15:4;
Deuteronomy 17:19; Deuteronomy 17:20;
Cleansing the heart
John 15:3; Ephesians 5:26;
Cleansing the ways
"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word."
Keeping from destructive paths
Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4;
Promoting growth in grace
1 Peter 2:2;
Building up in the faith
"And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified."
Psalm 19:11; 1 Corinthians 10:11;
Psalm 119:82; Romans 15:4;
Rejoicing the heart
Psalm 19:8; Psalm 119:111;
Work effectually in them that believe
1 Thessalonians 2:13:
"For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe." (nkjv)
The letter of (Scripture), without the Spirit, kills
John 6:63; 2 Corinthians 3:6;
Ignorance of, a source of error
Matthew 22:29; Acts 13:27;
Christ enables us to understand
"And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures."
The Holy Spirit enable us to understand
"When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come." (rsv)
1 Corinthians 2:10-14;
No prophecy of, is of any private interpretation
2 Peter 1:20;
Everything should be tried by
Isaiah 8:20; Acts 17:11;
The standard of teaching
1 Peter 4:11;
1 Corinthians 1:31; 1 Peter 1:16;
Deuteronomy 17:19; Isaiah 34:16;
Read publicly to ALL
Deuteronomy 31:11-13; Nehemiah 8:3; Jeremiah 36:6; Acts 13:15;
2 Timothy 3:15;
Received, not as the word of men, but as the word of God
1 Thessalonians 2:13;
Received with meekness
John 5:39; John 7:52;
Laid up in the heart
"And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart."
Taught to children
Deuteronomy 6:7; Deuteronomy 11:18-19:
"You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."
2 Timothy 3:15;
Taught to ALL
2 Chronicles 17:7-9; Nehemiah 8:7; Nehemiah 8:8;
Talked of continually
"You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up."
Not handled deceitfully
2 Corinthians 4:2;
Not only heard, but obeyed
Matthew 7:24; Luke 11:28;
"But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."
Used against our spiritual enemies
Matthew 4:4; Matthew 4:7; Matthew 4:10; Ephesians 6:11;
"..and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
All should desire to hear
Mere hearers of, deceive themselves
Advantage of possessing
SAINTS (God's People):
Love (God's Word) exceedingly
Psalm 119:97; Psalm 119:113; Psalm 119:159; Psalm 119:167;
Regard, as sweet
Esteem, above all things
Stand in awe of
"All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word."
Keep, in remembrance
Grieve when men disobey
Hide, in their hearts
"I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."
Psalm 119:74; Psalm 119:81; Psalm 119:147;
Psalm 1:2; Psalm 119:99; Psalm 119:148;
Psalm 119:162; Jeremiah 15:16;
Psalm 119:67; Luke 8:21; John 17:6;
Esteem, as a light
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
Pray to be taught
Psalm 119:12; Psalm 119:13; Psalm 119:33; Psalm 119:66;
Pray to be conformed to
Plead the promises of, in prayer
Psalm 119:25; Psalm 119:28; Psalm 119:41; Psalm 119:76; Psalm 119:169;
They who search, are truly noble
Blessedness of hearing and obeying
Luke 11:28; James 1:25;
Let them dwell richly in you
Corrupt God's Word
2 Corinthians 2:17;
Make, of none effect through their traditions
Reject God's Word
1 Peter 2:8;
Frequently wrest (twist) , to their own destruction
2 Peter 3:16;
Denunciations against those who add to, or take from
Revelation 22:18; Revelation 22:19;
Destruction of (God's Word), punished
Author: Torrey, Reuben Archer (1856-1928).
Read the entire New Topical Textbook* by R. A. Torrey online at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/torrey/ttt.toc.html
*copyright 1897 by Fleming H. Revell Company** Bible passages quoted above are from the English Standard Versions (esv) unless otherwise noted.
Painting: Christ wearing the crown of thorns, supported by angels, by Annibale Carracci, 1585 a.d.