10 Reasons Why Christian Should Study The Scripture
BIBLE TEXT: JOSHUA 1:8, PSALM 1:1-3, 2 TIMOTHY 2:15
The scripture here refers to the inspired, written word of God (2 Timothy 2:15). It is the living word of God. The scripture is more complete than any other books written by any author, e.g. Dictionary, encyclopedia, thesaurus, thesis, etc.
What does it mean to study? Studying means to slow down and think things through after reading, ask questions and search out meanings of concepts.
The scripture is written by inspiration by some children of God. Studying the word of God is necessary because it is a command from God, and it is necessary for our spiritual growth.
Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law (scripture) shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate (study) therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your ways prosperous, and then you shall have good success.”
10 Reasons Why Christian Should Study The Scripture
- Studying the Bible leads to true flourishing: When we study the Bible, God promises us a life of flourishing in the ways that matter most. Psalm 1 speaks of the blessed person who meditates on and not just skims or reads through God’s word. The one who meditative studies God’s word is “like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither and prospers in all he does’ ‘ (Psalm 1:3).
- Studying the scriptures is one of the ways through which God speaks to us: When we study the Bible, we receive instructions from God about what He wants us to do per time. We talk to God in prayers, and He in turn communicates with us through the scriptures.
- The word of God will accomplish what it promises: We can access all the wonderful promises of God for us through studying the word of God. If God told you something will happen, and you wait, it will happen. In Isaiah 55:11 it says, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” God sent His word to accomplish His perfect will in our lives. If God makes a promise to you He will fulfill it in His own time. There are so many promises given to us in the Bible. These promises reassure us and bring comfort to our lives in our times of trial.
- Studying the Bible helps us learn about the gospel: “Search (study diligently) the Scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And you will not come to me, that you may have life” (John 5:39-40). We are able to learn about Jesus Christ and all His wondrous works while he was on earth from the scriptures.
- Studying the scripture helps us discover our next step: The Bible says, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105). When we give ourselves to careful study of the scriptures, we will always receive direction from God on any issue that pertains to us. We will not grope in darkness as others do.
- Studying the scriptures brings about fruitfulness: Reading the Bible helps us to be fruitful in all our undertakings. This is further affirmed by the Psalmist in the first chapter of the Psalms, “… but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers” (Psalm 1:2-3). Therefore, if you want to be fruitful all year round, make studying of the scripture your lifestyle.
- Regular study of the scripture reveals the completeness of the word of God: The Bible does not need any new chapters or verses. It is all given to us already. All you need is God’s Word because it is the holy Word of God. It is complete. In Revelation 22:18-19, God gives us a warning, “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
- God’s word is totally authoritative: The book of Psalms 119:89 says “Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.” The Word of God is the only source for absolute divine authority. This divine authority is for you and me as children of God and followers of Jesus Christ. When people tell you, “I have a word from the Lord for you,” write it down and as you study God’s word see if the Lord speaks to you through His Scriptures. If the word of God validates such a message, only then will you know if the Lord is truly speaking to you on the issue.
- God’s word is sufficient for all of our needs: To develop as a complete Christian, we don’t need anything else, because the Bible addresses all of our needs, ranging from marriage, financial, career, spiritual, etc. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 it reads “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.” We Christians can be totally secure in the Lord by studying the Bible because it is God’s plan for our life.
- For evangelism: The scripture is not only beneficial for the discipleship of believers but for bringing us to Jesus at salvation (2 Timothy 3:15).
I pray that the grace to devote more time to studying the word of God will be released to us in the name of Jesus.