For the sake of discussion, how do you feel about the fact that the man writing those words was or was not talking about his own words? In other words, Paul is writing to Timothy, Titus, the Church at Corinth, the Church at Ephesus, etc. Do you think that before he died he considered his writings to be scripture? How would he feel about the fact that we do?
Before we go there, I do consider Paul’s words to be an integral part of the New Testament and thus the Bible. I am really looking more at the context of some of the things we read.
My Wednesday night services has taken the last year reading Romans, The Bible in 90 days, and the book of Acts. As I read these letters by Paul I am struck by the fact that Paul is very often quoting from the Old Testament. He is using those books and prophecies to proclaim the deliverance of the Messiah.
So… Did Paul consider his letters when he wrote these words? All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16) (NIV)