Why It Is Important to Study the Bible

Why It Is Important to Study the BibleText: 2 Timothy 2:15

The Bible contains the truth and reveals to us the mind of God. Yet it is not a private diary of God’s thoughts that mankind just happened to discover – it is revelation. Since God has revealed His word FOR us, what are we to do with it? First, we must study it. In this lesson, we are going to consider seven reasons why studying the Bible is important.

#1 – To Understand the Mystery of God

  • The mystery of God’s grace was revealed to Paul (Ephesians 3:3-4) – he wrote it down for others to read; by reading, they could understand; not their own personal interpretation, but his understanding
  • God revealed His will to us in His word (1 Corinthians 2:10-12) – He did so in a way that we could understand it; not everything is “easy” (2 Peter 3:16), but with study we can understand what He wants us to know

#2 – To Know How to Accurately Handle God’s Word

  • By learning how to accurately handle God’s word, we will be approved by Him (2 Timothy 2:15) – yet this requires diligence; the efforts of a “workman” are needed
  • The word of God is our sword (Ephesians 6:17) – we must know how to wield it properly (cf. Romans 15:4; Colossians 2:14); mishandling the word of God is dangerous (2 Peter 3:16; cf. Acts 15:1; Galatians 5:4)

#3 – To Be Equipped for Every Good Work

  • The Scriptures were inspired by God to guide us in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17) – by following its teaching, reproof, correction, and training, we are “equipped for every good work
  • God wants His people to be “zealous for good deeds” (Titus 2:14) – “good deeds” are defined by His word; zeal without knowledge is not just useless, but dangerous (Romans 10:1-3); we must study to know what is right

#4 – To Be Able to Understand What Sin Is

  • Sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4) – when we fail to keep the law of God, we are guilty of sin; either sins of omission (not doing what is right) or sins of commission (doing what is wrong)
  • Those who sin are deserving of God’s punishment (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 5:6) – we do not want this (Hebrews 10:31); by knowing the word of God, we can know what sin is (Romans 7:7); this is what we must avoid

#5 – To Be Able to Overcome Temptation

  • When Jesus was tempted by the devil, He refused to sin (Matthew 4:1-11) – each time He responded with Scripture; this is an example for us; to overcome temptation, we need to know what the word of God says
  • When we are tempted, there is a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13) – but we need to recognize it; God’s word shows what is right and wrong (2 Timothy 3:17; 1 John 3:4); His word must be in our hearts to help us (Psalm 119:11)

#6 – To Be Able to Teach Others

  • It is good to desire to teach others – but without understanding, it becomes fruitless (1 Timothy 1:6-7); it is possible to sound “confident” but not really understand the particular issue
  • We are to teach others in some capacity (2 Timothy 4:2; 1 Peter 3:15) – we must teach accurately (1 Peter 4:11); there is condemnation if we pervert the gospel (Galatians 1:8-9), so we cannot take this lightly (James 3:1)

#7 – To Gain Wisdom to Handle Life’s Difficulties

  • We are to be careful how we walk (Ephesians 5:15-17) – not as the fool who does not understand God’s will; the days are “evil,” meaning they are “full of labors, annoyances, hardships” (Thayer); life is difficult
  • We will have to endure “various trials” (James 1:2-3) – therefore, we are to pray for wisdom (James 1:5-7); but the way we receive it is by hearing and doing God’s word (James 1:19-22); His word makes us wise (Psalm 19:7)

Conclusion

  • God has shown us in His word how to be pleasing to Him and do His will
  • It is our responsibility to study His word so that we can understand it and obey it

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