vss. 14-15. Paul encourages Timothy to continue in what he has learned and has been convinced of. Why was he convinced? Because he knew his teachers. Presumably, Paul is referring to Timothy’s mother and grandmother, since he makes reference to knowing the Scriptures since infancy (2 Timothy 1:5). Paul gives Timothy the reason he should continue in the Scriptures—they are able to make him wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
vs. 16. Paul says all scripture is God-breathed and is useful for the broad task of teaching and for the more narrow tasks of rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.
vs. 17. Why is this important? That is how the man of God is to be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Thank you, Father, for the teachers you place in our lives from birth through death. Help us to recognize their value to us as they encourage us in the Scriptures and in our Christian lives. For those among us who don’t have reliable teachers right now, Father we ask that you will provide them, but more importantly, that you will help each of us to listen to our ultimate teacher—the Holy Spirit within us. Amen.