The Greek word pneuma can be translated as either "spirit" or "'breath." Although the Holy Spirit is a Person, as eternal as the Father and the Son, He emanates from the Father as if He is His very Breath. Hold that image in mind as you again read 2 Timothy 3:16-17:
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (ESV)The thought of God breathing out His Spirit to give us Scripture heightens my awareness of its value. So often, my familiarity with the Bible can dull me to the wonder that God, the majestic Creator and Ruler of heaven and earth, personally gave His Word to the prophets and apostles so that they could pass it to us!
This week I open my Bible software program a little more reverently and a little more excitedly because I recognize the treasure that displays itself on my computer screen. God's breath warms me through those ancient words, directing me as I walk with Him. I couldn't be more amazed!