4 Reasons to STUDY — not merely read God’s Word

Posted: April 26, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Fine Gold Ingot XSmallThis is the last post of my 3 part series: God’s Word — Gold Worth Digging?   

I want to share with you FOUR REASONS to study God’s Word. 

1. It is commanded

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

“Be diligent” can also be translated,endeavor, labour, study.”

“Rightly dividing” was a phrase used in many ways in Paul’s day — in the way a farmer plows a straight furrow; the way a mason squares and cuts a stone to fit it into its proper place in a building, or the way a cook divides up food into portions.

To rightly divide the Word involves plowing straight to the truth, not getting diverted by pet theories or biases. Using the second metaphor, rightly dividing the Word involves taking each stone or section of  teaching and finding its proper place in the larger superstructure of doctrinal truth. And like a good cook, we should make sure we offer a well‑balanced diet of God’s Word.

2. Studying God’s Word will strengthen our faith

Paul wrote this to the Roman believers: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)

Some of us are strong in the faith and others are insecure. J.C. Ryle  said, “You can talk about religious experiences all you wish, but if it does not have doctrinal roots, it is like cut flowers stuck into the ground. They will soon wither and die.”

3. Studying God’s Word will enable us to discern truth from error

Paul writes in 1 Tim. 4:1, 6: “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons …. If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.” 

A person might say to you: “I believe Jesus is the Messiah too, but I don’t believe He is deity appearing in human flesh, and here are some scriptures to prove it!” Would you be able to defend your interpretation of those same verses? Would you have reliable linguistic resources or commentaries at your fingertips to help you?

You may have heard this illustration. When a new FBI agent is hired he is given intensive training. As part of the program he is taught how identify counterfeit money. The focus is mainly on doing a thorough study of the genuine bills, not the phonies. This is the best way to spot the fake currency.  While it’s helpful to learn about other religions and cults, we should be so familiar with God’s Word that when we encounter error, we will spot it at once. Today, many are being led astray by various “isms” because they don’t know and study the genuine truth of God’s Word.

By the way, we need more FBI agents ‑‑ who have FULL BIBLE INTELLIGENCE!

4. Studying God’s Word will enable us to persuade others of the truth

Acts 18:28 says that Apollos “…vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.” Have you studied the Scriptures thoroughly enough to give solid evidence that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah? There are many who read the same Messianic prophecies we do, but come to different conclusions. This is why it’s good to have a working knowledge of the Biblical languages, as well as be aware of the historical and literary contexts of the Scriptures we use to persuade people of the truth.

1 Pet. 3:15 tells us to be “…. ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you.” A great way to be “ready” is to be diligent students of the Scriptures. 

Are there other “reasons” I’ve missed? Are there disciplines of study that you’ve developed that would be helpful to share with others? I’d love to read your comments.

Comments
  1. scott young says:

    Wayne, if you could post a short list of study tools that you recommend ( resources, commentaries, etc.) that would be most helpful!

  2. david ripley says:

    I have found that when I incooperate the study of God’s word directly into my prayer life it is amazing what God will do. Praying the word as I read and study it has revolutionized my time with the Lord.

    • Amen David. Praying Scripture actually expands our prayer vocabulary. I never have a shortage of things to pray about when I’m immersed in the text I’m reading or studying. Thanks for the input.

  3. Jose Berrios says:

    I like using Bible Suite by Biblios with its diverse resources and language translations. It also has the King James Bible with Strong’s Numbers with hyperlinks to original languages.It is a free online tool.
    By the way Pastor Wayne I’ve been in Israel two times and in both occasions I visited your congregation which it was a blessing. I happened to know about you through a sister in Jesus who works at the Bible Society in Jafo St. That was the first time I visited Israel. In that occasion I was alone and while I was walking down to the old City I enter the Bible Society and I met this person. After a few minutes I felt we were family.
    I was happy to know about all of you!
    May God continue fulfilling his purpose in you!

    http://biblos.com/
    http://kjvs.scripturetext.com/genesis/1.htm

    • Jose, thanks for your encouraging note about your visits to Jerusalem and King of Kings.
      I’m also grateful for your input on bible study resources you find helpful.
      I hope I’ll get a chance to meet you…hopefully on your next visit to Israel. Blessings and shalom! Wayne

  4. GODWIN KALAI says:

    thanks a lot for yr reasons but some of the reasons are 1. help us to know the power of God – 1cor. 1:18-25. 2. helps us to restrain our feet from evil ways- psalm 119:101

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