So that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:17
For me, the word that jumps out in the above verse is “adequate.” A man who studies the Word of God is indeed adequate for every good work.
John Wesley (1703-1791) referred to himself as a “man of one Book.” That is, the Bible was his one Book that he lived by. He read it. He lived it. He taught it.
There is a difference between a man who reads the Bible or who reads the Bible regularly and a man of one Book. A big difference. The man of one Book is immersed in the Bible because he knows it is adequate for him as he lives his life.
Another man of one Book was G. Campbell Morgan (1863-1945). An associate of D. L. Moody, Morgan was one of the leading Bible teachers of the last century. Billy Graham said of Morgan, “I always considered G. Campbell Morgan one of the greatest Bible expositors of his generation.” He was not trained in a seminary but was a man immersed in God’s Word. Morgan had impeccable integrity and trained his sons to be ministers of the gospel.
Once Morgan was asked about how he studied the Bible. He responded, “If I tell you, the chances are you would not do it.” Morgan then said, “I read a book through 40 to 50 times before I even start to study it.”
John Wesley and G. Campbell Morgan were both men of one Book. They really believed 2 Timothy 3:17, that a man is made adequate by the Scriptures.
Are you a man or a woman of one Book?
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