A lot of people are intimidated by studying the Bible. In our days of instant information on google and watching a movie instead of reading a book, it feels too hard. Also, there are a plethora of Christian books and devotionals that have already boiled it down for us, right? So, really, why is it important? This is the first of several posts in order to encourage your study of God’s word. We know that we “should,” so hopefully this will help equip you to gain much knowledge and transformation in your life!
What does the Bible say about itself? Let’s look at this first to know why it is important…
Romans 15:4 “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through encurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
“My word shall not return to me empty but it shall accomplish that which I purpose and (it) shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
Romans 10:17 “Faith comes through hearing and hearing through the word of Christ.”
1 Peter 1:23-25
“Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable , through the living and abiding word of God; for ‘all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.’ And this word is the good news that was preached to you.”
2 Timothy 3:16
“All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
“Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found to be a liar.’
2 Peter 1:20-21
“knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was every produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
The Word is very explicit about it’s importance…it gives life, it’s eternal, it is from God, it is to equip us, it is our shield, it brings faith.
What is our relationship to His word to be? We need the Word to understand ourselves and God.
“Blessed in the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
2 Timothy 2:15
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.’
“Sanctify them in your truth, your word is truth.” (Jesus praying for us)
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, acceptable and perfect.”
Psalm 119 :11
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
“I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.”
“My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, If you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.”
What is your relationship to the Word? Are you receiving His words and treasuring up His commands? Are you meditating on His ways? Are you being transformed in His character? Do you need help rightly handling the Word of Truth?
Keep reading…I think and hope it will help.