2 Timothy 3:15 – God’s Word Makes Us Wise For Salvation

In my high school theology class we have 60 memory verses.  One of them is 2 Timothy 3:15.  The day before we had 2 Timothy 3:16 as a memory verse, so we had previously read 2 Timothy 3:16 in context, reading verses 11-17 of the chapter.  Therefore for 2 Timothy 3:15 we chose a cross-reference to this verse provided from a Study Bible, John 5:47, and read that verse in context comparing the context of John 5 and 2 Timothy 3.  Here are the brief notes of a 15 minute conversation that a student provided to be shared on this blog.  Our class would love to have comments and feedback.  Thank you!

Student notes:

2 Timothy 3:15 says, “And how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”

  • The main theme of 2 Timothy 3:11-17 is persecution.
  • God tells us that Scripture gives us everything we need for salvation and to stand up for ourselves.
  • He tells us not to give up, because we will be rewarded for a belief in Jesus Christ.

A parallel passage for 2 Timothy 3:15 is John 5:39 and we read it in context, reading John 5:31-47.

  • In this passage, Moses and John the Baptist give testimony about Jesus.
  • Moses testified about Jesus in the Old Testament.
  • Genesis 3:15, it talks about how Jesus will crush Satan’s head, which He did when He rose from the grave.

The people in John 5 are being called out when Jesus asks them how they will believe in Him, because they cannot even believe the words of Moses. They have studied the Scriptures diligently for salvation, but they won’t receive it since they don’t believe it.

Because Timothy believes, he will receive salvation. However, he will be persecuted by those who do not believe

Salvation comes from faith in Christ, and God’s Word reveals Him to us!