“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul and spirit, joints and marrow, as it judges the thoughts and purposes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).”
The Bible is an incredible book because it contains the thoughts of God and His will for each and every one of us. This is why the Bible was written and given to mankind. The Apostle Paul describes the Word of God in 2 Timothy 3:16-17; “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
So, why should we study the Bible?
1. We should study the Bible because it is God’s Word to us.
The Bible is God breathed and the words hidden in the pages are the very voice of God. In this world, we have so many questions like: what is the purpose of life, is there life after death, and why do I struggle with sin? In addition to these questions, the Bible also offers practical advice to some questions like these: how can I be a good friend? What really matters in life? How do I live in such a way that I don’t look back with regrets? It is these questions and more that the Bible answers, but how can we know the answers if we don’t read and study His word?
2. We should study the Bible because it is without error.
There are no errors in God’s Word. The law of the Lord is perfect and flawless.
“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebukes you, and you be found a liar (Proverbs 30:5-6).”
No corrections need to be added to His word and He warns us about misinterpreting the purity of the scriptures.
3. We should study the Bible because it equips us to serve God.
The Bible shows us how to be good stewards and servants of the Lord and it equips us with the tools we need to proclaim His truth with courage and boldness.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”.
4. We should study the Bible because of all the false teachings in the world
Unfortunately, there are many false teachers of the Bible who have misinterpreted the flawless Word of God. The Bible gives us a measuring stick of sorts by which we can distinguish the truth from error. The Bible tells us how one truly gets to heaven, and it is not by being good, by being baptized, or by anything else we do. The only way to get to heaven is by accepting Jesus Christ as our savior and Lord.
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6) .'”
5. We should study the Bible because it teaches us that God is sufficient for all of our needs.
By studying His Word and seeing how He has provided for His children time and time again, we can be secure knowing that He will do the same for us. The Bible is a one stop shop and will always have everything you need, even when the world tells you that it doesn’t. Psalm 16:5 says, “You, Lord, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands.”
The Bible is so much more than a book for reading. It is a book for studying, memorizing, and meditating on, so that it can be applied to our lives. By reading the Word and not applying it to our lives, is like chewing food and spitting it back out, useless and ineffective.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourself. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in the mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like (James 1: 22-24).”
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