Reasons For Reading The Bible

J. D. Conley
December 13, 2015

The reasons for reading the Bible are many and cannot all be mentioned in this short space. Nonetheless, consider the following reasons for reading the Bible:

Origin - Since the collection of the sixty-six books we call the Bible originated in the mind of God (2Timothy 3:16-17; 2Corinthins 2:10-13), is reason enough to read it carefully. The Bible not only reveals its origin, but it reveals the origin of everything. Oh how much evil and confusion could be eliminated if the world would accept this truth! Not only does the Bible reveal its origin, and all origins, in the process it also reveals the mind of God. What one feels and thinks about the Bible has a direct bearing on what one feels and thinks about God. A diligent reader of the Bible desires to know God and His will better.

Faith - "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God"(Romans 10:17). No one can claim to have faith in God who neglects to read or hear His Word. Paul wrote, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him"(Hebrews 11:6). How does one "diligently seek God?"By reading His Word and practicing it.

Correction - James describes the Bible as a mirror, (James 1:23-25). As one reads and reflects upon his life compared with the Holy Bible, flaws are highlighted so corrections can be made. But when one fails to look into the mirror of God's Word, they cannot see their imperfections, hence no correction is made. If such neglect persists, eternal loss will be the result.

Avoidance - of sin is accomplished. David penned, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee"(Psalm 119:11). In order to hide God's Word in our heart, we must open it up and read it thoughtfully. Then we must remember what we read, i.e., hide it in our heart/mind for instant recall when tempted to sin. This avoidance of sin is a sublime benefit of reading the Bible. "Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way"(Psalm 119:104). Man tends to stay away from things he hates. Reading the Bible helps cultivate a hatred for sin.

Comfort - No book on earth can offer comfort as can the Bible. In times of trial, and affliction, it is the Bible that is read opposed to all other books, (Psalm 23; 2Corinthians 7:6; 1Peter 5:7).

Hope - Only by reading the Bible can true hope be had, which is the hope of eternal salvation in heaven. This is the "one hope" of (Ephesians 4:4). Just one book can offer this one hope, the Book of books, the Bible. Why not open it, read it, and obey it today?