@Jimmy_Sellers I can see what you are saying. I even understand. When going back in time, there and then I can imagine that Paul was referring to the Old Testament as being the scriptures.
They already were at that time recognized as being the written Word of God. Even Jesus used some of the verses to resist the devil when he was in the wilderness. He spoke it as the scriptures being the authority; “It is written”
Israelites and likes would have been growing up with the teachings of what we know to be the Old Testament as being the scriptures.
So it is far more easy to accept and understand when Paul writes 3:16, that he would refer to the old scriptures.
Although he might have referred to other parts of letters in the new testament, I still think it would be hard to believe that others would have blindly accepted them as being “the scriptures” especially Jews.
That is what I think and it doesn’t take away for me the value of the Bible as we know it, since the New Testament compliments the Old Testament as in revealing the prophecies of the Messiah, which would make those two parts in the Bible join together. And in that sense I could agree that the Bible is the Word of God and to me all of it would be the scriptures, but not based on 2 Timothy 3:16.
Yet, I do want to consider all comments and research. I am open for suggestion and do not just want to agree on anything I read or even my own points of view on the subject.
I might be questioning the verse, since it has never been explained properly to me except for the comment: “it’s prophetic”, I do also question myself. I have learned that even interpretations I did defend very strongly were found wrong and I had to completely review my point of view on those matters.
Thank God for that, because we might be blind sometimes, I know God will open our eyes if we are honestly searching for the truth, even if we are looking in the wrong places.
Again thank you,
(by the way … I might be repeating this a lot, “the thank you part”, but it is really from the heart and I do appreciate all the wisdom and knowledge and views that are shared)