Reading And Studying The Bible

W. Terry Varner
April 14, 2013

Christians need to learn to read and study the Bible in a systematic manner. Some things hinder us from doing so like limitations of time, weakness of the flesh, and various influences for good and bad that surround us. Many want to know how to read and study the Bible, but do not know how to do so; on the other hand, there are those who do not want to read and study the Bible. They just plainly do not care. Do not be disappointed. Jesus said the Bible will judge us at the judgment (John 12:48). Why not make up your mind to read and study the Bible. We do that by making Bible study a part of our daily life. Consider what daily study of the Bible will do for you:

It discovers and convicts of us sin in our life. Paul writes: “For the word of God [Bible] . . . is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb. 4:12). James describes the Bible like a “mirror” into which we see ourselves (James 1:23). The Bible is given to “correct” our life so that we might live as God wants us (2 Tim. 3:16).

It cleanses us from the pollutions of our sins. We must acknowledge that we sin and that we need God’s directions in order to handle our sins. David wrote: “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to Your word. . . . Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Ps. 119:9, 11). As Christians we are reminded” “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

It imparts spiritual strength. As we need food to give us strength in our physical life, so do we need spiritual food to give us spiritual strength. Jesus taught: “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). We need Job’s attitude toward the Bible: “I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12).

It instructs us how to live. As our Lord closed the Sermon on the Mount, He described two men, They represent the obedient and the disobedient. Both men heard the word of God, one obeyed and one disobeyed or disregarded the word of God. The man who obeyed is described as a successful man having life in eternity; whereas, the man who heard and disobeyed or disregarded is described as unsuccessful in life and eternity. We are reminded that we are to be “doers of the word” and this results in being “blessed” in this life (James 1:25).

It makes our lives fruitful. John 15:1-7 teaches the Christian the importance of bearing fruit which comes by abiding in Christ in faithfulness. David teaches in Psalm 1:1-3 the description of the righteous. His delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law does he mediate day and night (Ps. 1:2). Our meditation in the Scriptures enables us to “bring forth fruit in season” (Ps. 1:3). God told Joshua: “This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you snail meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed: for the Lord your God is with you whithersoever you go” (Joshua 1:8-9).

Provides us a sword for victory over sin. Life has many joys, but life has many struggles and temptations. Some of these involve sin whose wages are death (Rom. 6:23). THe Bible is identified as “the sword of the Spirit” (Eph. 6:17) and enables the Christian to use effectively the armor of God that we may “be able to withstana” daily our struggle against Satan and sin (Eph. 6:13).