This is the Greek word - "knemides". It referred to the cover for the front of the leg. This front cover that was tied to the leg and often to the leather sandals, protected the lower legs, and feet from the stones, brush, etc. that were in the battlefield. It is the "preparation of the gospel of peace..." that protects us from the rough times and things we meet in life. Whenever a trial comes unexpectedly to us, we need to have studied the Word of God, so the peace that the Scripture gives us can flood immediately to our minds, when the trial strikes. The Word of God produces peace.
"GREAT PEACE HAVE THEY WHICH LOVE THY LAW, AND NOTHING SHALL OFFEND THEM."
"The Words of the Lord are pure words, as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times."
The Bible has purpose and power. We are to prepare for life by knowing, and living the Word of God.
II Timothy 3:16
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."
The Bible is the sure revelation of God’s ideas.
The Bible contains the mind of God. It is infallible in its original language.
I Kings 8:56
"... there hath not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised by the hand of Moses His servant..."
Since the Author is God, the Bible is truthful, for He is Truth. The Bible is an accurate guide, for He is the Way. The Bible is an accurate revelation of the future, for the Author is the Light. The Bible is eternal, speaking to all generations of mankind, for the Author is eternal.
The Author of the Bible is the Creator of the universe.
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth..."
The Author of the Bible is the Father of us all.
"Forasmuch, then as we are the offspring of God..."
Many question how much of the Bible has suffered from transmission errors of editors and copyists? How much is to be understood literally, figuratively, symbolically, historically, and poetically? But, read, study, and you will find that obviously, One mind inspired the whole of the Bible, for it all harmonizes, has one central theme.
Two prevalent views of the Bible’s authorship
1. It is an account of God’s effort to reveal Himself to mankind.
2. It is man’s effort to find God.
In the second view, people who hold such an idea, can say:
that God did not really speak, it was mankind who thought they heard God, or spoke what they thought God would say. In the first view however, we see how God progressively revealed, and step by step, how He developed our understanding, with hints, pictures, symbols.
Well, if the Bible is God’s attempt to reach mankind. That makes the Bible to be the rule of faith and rule of conduct. That makes the Bible to be the final authority, for it is from the Divine Mind. It also makes the Bible to be the hope of mankind in their search for God and salvation. It makes the Bible to be the test and standard by which to judge all other writings and things.
And if the Bible is mankind’s effort to find God, then it is human, rational effort to define God. But it would be no more likely to be correct than any other writing of mankind that has similar purpose. So, it would be intellectual suicide to put the Bible up as a fixed system of truth. Mankind always wants to be the final authority, and to intellectually decide on their own, what to believe, and decide what is truth. Mankind wants to see much of the Bible as foolish... so as to make other writings and other chosen books look wiser...
I Corinthians 2:14
"But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
Someone once has said... "if a man has a wrong premise, the more brains he has, the farther and faster he goes from truth." Therefore, if we choose the wrong one of the two views being discussed, we can get farther and faster from truth, until there is no hope of finding the way back.
We do have an enemy named ‘satan’. And he approached Eve with:
"yea, hath God said...?" (Genesis 3:1).
Adam had originally told Eve what God had said to him, and she could therefore question whether he was accurate and truthful. Many today are challenged by the same ‘satanic’ suggestion, that the Bible, today’s passer of the message of God, may not be accurate and truthful. The devil went on to say ‘ye shall not surely die...’ (Genesis 3:4) The devil wanted to take the fear of judgment out of the equation. Therefore the devil attacked the prophetic part of God’s message. The Bible’s prophecy is attacked more than any other part of the Bible... The devil’s aim is still to attack that which God has said will occur... Many false writings of other religions also want to question the message of the Bible, for it contradicts, and is contrary to their stated messages.
The devil then said: "ye shall be as gods". (Genesis 3:5). The gnostic dogma, the new age dogma, the majority of false religions all have this common teaching. It is the ‘man-centered’ philosophy that false religions offer to challenge the Bible’s message. They want converts to look inside themselves for the answers, for the power and wisdom... They do not want mankind to listen and read, accept and believe the message of the Bible, God’s Word.
Every conspiracy of the devil involves (amidst other things) the plan to eliminate the idea of the atonement through Jesus’ blood, from the minds of mankind. The Bible which teaches that concept from beginning to end, must therefore be attacked, challenged, ridiculed, and belittled... But it always stands the test!!!
The Word of God has been preserved... as God preserved Moses in the ark of bulrushes, so the Bible has been protected down through the ages. God preserved the new-born Christ Jesus from a Herod seeking to have all children two years and under killed. The early church records that 14,000 children were killed in that attempted purge... but Jesus survived.
How has the Bible survived???
In many instances like it was in II Kings 22:8, where during Josiah’s reign, the Bible had been neglected for so many years, the original copy of it was lost amidst the piles of trash in the Temple. But, then God had it found, and did not let it continue to be lost... ‘and Hilkiah, the high priest said unto Shaphan, the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord...’
The Bible has been preserved and has survived by historical vindication. When ‘scholars’ challenged its historical accuracy regarding facts about Jericho, Dothan, Megiddo, Caesarea, etc. the Bible proved to be accurate and the scholars proved to be in error. When scientists found the earth to be behind in revolution around the sun by 24 hours, and searched for an explanation, they found the answer in Joshua 10, where God had the earth stand still for 24 hours... and the famous story of the Russian scientist who came to the Christian faith due to that discovery is oft shared... for it demonstrates the validity and survivability of the Bible over historical and scientific challenge.
The spiritual power confirmed in miracles and wonders, has made the Bible a book unlike any other.
‘And they went forth and preached everywhere. The Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with signs following."
And therefore, when the original gnostic challenger of the message of the Bible, i.e. Simon the sorcerer, performed his own ‘magic’ wonders, Peter (as early church history confirms) followed him, and showed miracles and wonders of the Lord, in healings, and such... that the crowds could see, that the Word of God preached by Peter was far superior to the heresy of Simon magus. The Word of God has survived the challenges of the past, the present, and will survive the challenges of the future.
The Scriptures, as originally written, by inspired writers, are free from error. The words are unique in comparison with any human book. The Bible has special origin, and is immeasurably different from all competitors. All confusion, all apparent contradictions and errors come from mankind, not from the Word of God.
Christ Jesus endorsed the Word of God. (Luke 24:44-45, Matthew 5:17-18)... Christ Jesus endorsed controversial passages of the Old Testament, as the flood (Matthew 24:37-39), Sodom and Gomorrah (Luke 17:26-32, Matthew 11:21-24), Jonah and the great fish (Matthew 12:40). Jesus called the Old Testament to be ‘the Word of God’. (Matthew 7:13)
The Bible was written by 44 secretaries of the Author, over a span of 1500 years. The Bible claims to be authored by God in I Peter 1:10-11, Revelation 19:10, John 5:39, 46, and Luke 24:7.
The Bible is accurate... There were 25 specific prophecies concerning the betrayal, trial, death and burial of Jesus given over a period between 500 to a 1000 years before it occurred... and yet, Jesus fulfilled all of them in 24 hours.
The purpose of the Bible is unique, it is God revealing Himself.
"God, Who at sundry times, and in divers manners, spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds."
God revealed Himself by Jesus, by His deeds and His words. The Bible is the declaration of God about Jesus Who would come, and of His revelation of God’s plan for us would be written.
EVERY LETTER, EVERY WORD, EVERY BOOK OF THE BIBLE IS INSPIRED BY GOD.
2 Timothy 3:15-17 (KJV)
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
In verse 15 we see the words 'holy scriptures' which is the translation of
éåñá ãñáììáôá (hieros grammata) meaning 'holy words spoken of God' and refers more to the nature of 'each word'.
In verse 16, we find a more common word used for the Bible, it is 'graphe' ãñáöç and refers to the books that are made up of the 'holy words'.
John 5:47 uses the word 'grammata' referring to the writings of Moses:
"But if ye believe not his writings (grammata), how shall ye believe My words?"
So both words in II Timothy refer to the Written Word of God, but one refers to the fact that each word, each letter even is inspired by God, and the other refers to the fact that the completed books are by His inspiration. There is no doubt to the fact that Paul is referring to Old Testament, as well as to New Testament writings, for Paul speaks of the writings that Timothy had heard taught by his mother, which could not have been the New Testament, for it was not written while Timothy was still a child.
We need our loins girt about with the truth of God’s Word, and our feet shod with the ‘preparation of God’s holy Word’. With shoes like this, we can trod through this world and its trials.