Why Study the Bible?
It is important to study the Bible for a multitude of reasons. Here are nine:
- It is the bread of life – Matthew 4:4 The Voice, “It is written, “Man does not live by bread alone. Rather, he lives on every word that comes from the mouth of the Eternal One.”
- The Bible is our guide – John 6:63 The Voice, “The Spirit brings life. The flesh has nothing to offer. The words I have been teaching you are spirit and life,”
- The Word has power to change us – Hebrews 4:12 The Voice, “The word of God, you see, is alive and moving; sharper than a double-edged sword; piercing the divide between soul and spirit, joints and marrow; able to judge the thoughts and will of the heart.”
- God works through His Word – 1 Thessalonians 2:13 The Voice, “So we have good reason to give thanks to God without pausing. For you have taken into yourselves the word of God we brought to you and received it as a message from God—not just something whipped up by someone like you or us—and that word is at work in you who believe.”
Why Study the Bible?
- Jesus is the Word – John 1:14 The Voice – “The Voice (Word) took on flesh and became human and chose to live alongside us. We have seen Him, enveloped in undeniable splendor—the one true Son of the Father—evidenced in the perfect balance of grace and truth.”
- The Bible equips and builds us up – 2 Timothy 3:15-17 The Voice – “because since childhood you have known the holy Scriptures, which enable you to be wise and lead to salvation through faith in Jesus the Anointed. All of Scripture is God-breathed; in its inspired voice, we hear useful teaching, rebuke, correction, instruction, and training for a life that is right so that God’s people may be up to the task ahead and have all they need to accomplish every good work.”
- Studying the Word brings blessing – James 1:25 The Voice – “However, it is possible to open your eyes and take in the beautiful, perfect truth found in God’s law of liberty and live by it. If you pursue that path and actually do what God has commanded, then you will avoid the many distractions that lead to an amnesia of all true things and you will be blessed.“
The Word Protects Us
- Study the Bible to be kept from being led into deception – 1 John 2:24-27 The Voice – “Let the good news, the story you have heard from the beginning of your journey, live in and take hold of you. If that happens and you focus on the good news, then you will always remain in a relationship with the Son and the Father. This is what He promised us: eternal life. I also am writing to warn you about some who are attempting to deceive you. You have an anointing. You received it from Him, and His anointing remains on you. You do not need any other teacher. But as His anointing instructs you in all the essentials (all the truth uncontaminated by darkness and lies), it teaches you this: “Remain connected to Him.”
- To know the love of God – John 3:16 The Voice – “For God expressed His love for the world in this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life.”
The Word Instructs Us
We are going to focus on #8.What does this have to do with the mind and conscience? I’m sure you know the reason by now. The Word, the Holy Spirit, and more determine our mindset and the condition of our conscience. Why Study the Bible? Because it is God’s Word.
The verse we are looking at was written by the Apostle John and is written simply to ‘believers.’ He was countering Gnosticism which had infected the church. This teaching basically said that Jesus did not come in the flesh because the flesh is evil. Also, since the flesh is what is evil (rather than breaking God’s law), the flesh could do whatever it wanted to. This, of course, led to all sorts of sin.
John is Fighting Lies
Because John, the Apostle, was so well known, this letter was probably carried by many missionaries to various cities and read to the congregations there. John was giving eye-witness testimony that Jesus came in the flesh and rose from the dead. And, because Jesus did come in the flesh, the flesh could definitely sin! He was countering the false teaching. False teachers were found in abundance in the early church.
Today, you can find biblical teachers, true and false, everywhere and the internet holds the promise of helping you learn anything and everything whether it’s a lie or the truth. There is no distinction between lies and the truth and many seemingly believable sites, are filled with lies, half-truths, and twisted scripture. Why Study the Bible?
False Teaching Today
There are blogs, podcasts, books by the millions, television programs, and you can access all of them from your phone, tablet, or computer. So how do you protect yourself from deception? By personally knowing the Word of God. You don’t have to a bible scholar or read the Word for hours every day. However, you do need to read it more than once a week at church up on the screen or in the bulletin!
We are each personally responsible for our knowledge of the Word. There is no excuse for not knowing – no excuse for not having some knowledge of the Bible. At least in John’s time, there was one. Most people were illiterate and only knew what someone else told them. Very few had actually seen Jesus. Today, there is no excuse. There are apps that will read the bible to you as you drive or walk or sit around. You don’t even have to go to all the effort of cracking open the book itself – which you should be doing. So, if we are deceived today, we have no valid excuse.
Knowing and Doing
In addition, you need to be a doer of the Word. In other words, you need to live it. The Bible is meant to be consumed. You don’t just read words on a page. You take them inside of you, deep into your innermost being, digest them, and make them a part of your very being. When you do that, ‘doing’ will come naturally. Also, your mind, heart, and conscience will be trained by the Word and then assist you in staying in God’s will.
Some so-called teachers are very skilled at making something sound as if it is God. Not every word they speak is a lie! They will quote Scripture and may know the Bible far better than you do.
I can give you an example. Recently, I read a book which was recommended by a friend. I was a little hesitant but decided to go ahead. It sounded good. It sounded like things God would say. There were Scripture references in it. However, one thing was missing – Jesus! He was mentioned. However, it was not His death on the cross which saves us. He was called the Son of God and was ‘important’ but He was not the savior of the world. He was simply an example and a forerunner teaching us how to live.
Is that a lie? No, it’s the truth. But, it is partial truth. So, while there were many good things in the book, it was missing the most important thing. Jesus was there but not in the way He should have been. There was truth in the book but not the ‘whole’ truth since Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and His divinity was diminished as was the power of His work on the cross.
If you had not read much of the Bible or gone to church very little, you might have thought this book was great! It is well written and very popular. That does not mean it would line up with the Bible in its teaching. It does to a certain point, and then it doesn’t. The ‘doesn’t’ is the part I needed to be able to see – what was missing is what mattered most. This is the answer to Why Study the Bible.
Knowing and Studying the Bible Will Keep You on God’s Path
In order to know where the line is, you need to know the Word. You have an anointing from God because you have the Holy Spirit living inside you. Hopefully, you have Christian friends who would warn you of deception. You have your heart and conscience to help guide you, and you have the mind of Christ.
I have friends who grew up in church fall into deception even after repeated warnings. However, they allowed themselves to be deceived. What was the attraction? Some of it was a ‘feel-good’ gospel, just as in John’s time. Gnosticism was definitely a feel-good gospel. You could do whatever you wanted to do and it wasn’t a sin! The deception my friends fell into sounded ‘spiritual.’ Gnosticism did not deny that Jesus was the son of God – he was the ‘spirit Son,’ not the Son who became man (flesh), died on the cross, rose on the third day, and is seated at the right hand of God in heaven having reconciled man and God through faith in Him.
For some of my friends, it took years for them to come back to the truth. Some never have.
How Can We Be Deceived?
We can be deceived because of a lack of knowledge. We can also be deceived because we want to be. The choice is ours. The wonderful blessing of free will allows that. We choose. Sadly, we often blame God, saying He should have protected us. He already did. The protection is there, but, if we choose to ignore it, we will reap the consequence of our choice. So, choose life! Choose, to know and live the Word of God.
I want to end today with a passage of Scripture out The Voice translation. I cannot read it without crying. For me, it is written in a beautiful and profound way that grabs my heart every time.
It is John 1:1-18 The Voice:
“Before time itself was measured, the Voice was speaking. The Voice was and is God.
2This celestial Word remained ever present with the Creator;
3 His speech shaped the entire cosmos.
Immersed in the practice of creating,
all things that exist were birthed in Him.
4 His breath filled all things
with a living, breathing light—
5 A light that thrives in the depths of darkness,
blazes through murky bottoms.
It cannot and will not be quenched.
6 A man named John, who was sent by God, was the first to clearly articulate the source of this Light. 7 This baptizer put in plain words the elusive mystery of the Divine Light so all might believe through him. Some wondered whether he might be the Light, 8 but John was not the Light. He merely pointed to the Light. 9 The true Light, who shines upon the heart of everyone, was coming into the cosmos.
He Entered Our World
10 He entered our world, a world He made; yet the world did not recognize Him. 11 Even though He came to His own people, they refused to listen and receive Him. 12 But for all who did receive and trust in Him, He gave them the right to be reborn as children of God; 13 He bestowed this birthright not by human power or initiative but by God’s will.
14 The Voice took on flesh and became human and chose to live alongside us. We have seen Him, enveloped in undeniable splendor—the one true Son of the Father—evidenced in the perfect balance of grace and truth. 15 John the Baptist testified about Him and shouted, “This is the one I’ve been telling you is coming. He is much greater than I am because He existed long before me.” 16 Through this man we all receive gifts of grace beyond our imagination. 17 You see, Moses gave us rules to live by, but Jesus the Anointed offered us gifts of grace and truth. 18 God, unseen until now, is revealed in the Voice, God’s only Son, straight from the Father’s heart.”
I hope you too are blessed by this incredible picture of Jesus, who is The Voice.
Tomorrow, we will wrap up the 24 Day Challenge. Click Here to download the Devotional Pages for today and, a bonus, the 9 Reasons Why We Should Study the Bible!
**We use verses from different Bible translations.
To see more information about the copyright for each one, please visit our Scripture Citations.
1 – 24 Day Challenge – Renewing Your Mind and Conscience
2 – Living By the Golden Rule
3 – Being Falsely Accused
4 – A Personal Testimony of Salvation
5 – Knowing Right From Wrong
6 – What is the Power of the Holy Spirit?
7 – Submitting to Authority
8 – What is a Weak Conscience?
9 – Living a Life Worthy of the Gospel
10 – Speaking The Truth at All Times
11 – Purity of Heart and Mind
12 – 12 Steps to Overcoming Guilt and Shame
13 – Living With Integrity
14 – The Goal of Unselfish Love
15 – The Shield of Faith
16 – Leading By Example
17 – Being A Good Enough Christian
18 – Standing Firm in Your Faith
19 – How to Encourage Yourself
20 – Do Well by Doing Good
21 – Give a Reason for the Hope
22 – Choose Your Words Wisely