That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. – 2 Timothy 3:17
Something that I never realized until I took a class on the book of Hebrews was that we have a misconceived notion that the words “throughly” and “thoroughly” are interchangeable. I guess I never even noticed they were different words. They are, however, which affects how this verse reads.
Thoroughly means “fully; entirely; completely” according to the Webster’s 1828 dictionary. Thorough means “from side to side or from end to end.”
Throughly means “completely; fully; wholly; without reserve and sincerely.”
What is the difference? Look again. You do not have to be sincere or engaged to do something thoroughly, but you do to do something throughly. Let’s break this verse down a bit to see where I am going with this.
“That the man of God may be perfect . . .”
Perfect here means mature not flawless. God wants us to mature in our spiritual walk. He wants us to grow and become more like Him as we learn and develop through our prayers, devotions, and studies.
“. . . throughly furnished unto all good works.”
First of all, since we haven’t defined it yet, furnished means “to supply or to store; to equip; fit for expedition” according to the Webster’s 1828 dictionary. So, God is telling us that he not only wants us to be prepared to do good works, we must be willing and sincere in doing so.
Anyone could gain knowledge of things without having a heart for it. God doesn’t want us to go through the motions with a head knowledge. I believe what God is telling us in this verse is that He wants us to grow and mature, sincerely gaining WISDOM so as to be fit for the expedition of serving God to the fullest.
If one does not place a sincere heart in their walk with Jesus, they will not mature properly and will not truly be supplied with the power that God needs to give us. We cannot serve God on our own power. We cannot depend upon the knowledge that we gain from reading on our own. We can only depend upon the power of God to work through us, which is impossible without a sincere heart.
So the difference between throughly and thoroughly? The difference is all about a sincere, willing heart!!!