The most Important Reasons Why.
In my first post about Bible Study we talked a little about a few difficulties and a few aspects that might discourage us to study Scripture. Today I want us to look at a few very important reasons Why to Study the Bible.
Why? To Know God.
The first and foremost reason to study Scripture is to know God – Father, Son & Holy Spirit.
God has chosen to reveal Himself, His will and His purposes to us through His word. What an awe-inspiring gift of God’s grace is it not to have the Bible available to us.
We can only glorify God if we know the truth about God. How can we worship God sincerely and truly if we don’t know who He is? Someone once said: “We can not know Him intimately if we do not know Him accurately.”
If we conjure up ideas of god and about who he is in our own minds and without the Word of God then we do not worship God in truth, we worship a god of our own making. (“The Israelites said things about the Lord their God that were not right.” – 2 Kings 17:9 NET or “The Israelites ascribed things to the Lord their God which were not true.” – 2 Kings 17:9 AMP)
We can not know God of the Word if we do not know the Word of God.
Why? To Know and Remember The Gospel.
We don’t just find The Gospel in the four gospels. No, our Lord Jesus Christ said “These are the very Scriptures that testify about me.” – John 5:39. In Luke 24 we also have the most interesting accounts of how Jesus appeared to His disciples and He shows them and reminds them of what is written in the Old Testament about Jesus Christ Himself. “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself.” – Luke 24:27
“Everything must be fulfilled that is written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.” – Luke 24:44-45
It is amazing and encouraging to find our Lord Jesus Christ on every page of the old testament.
The Gospel is the story of redemption; what happened that warrants redemption, how did it happen, how we humans can not redeem ourselves, how we need a redeemer and how, when and through whom this redemption will take place.
We need The Gospel, the Good News of our Redeemer, because it is the only way to salvation.
Why? To keep us in The Truth.
Truth is not something that can be found within ourselves. (“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” – Jeremiah 17:9)
There is no such thing as “my truth” and “your truth” there is only The Truth. And truth is not what popular culture decides or what earthly authorities dictates, Truth is whatever God declares it to be and only what God declares it to be. We are walking on a very slippery slope when we start to believe that we can be arbiters of truth, if we think we do not need any guidance from God as to what truth is. We will either deceive ourselves or be deceived by an outside source. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” – Proverbs 3:5 ESV
While driving in a car and stopping at a red light have you ever had the experience where it felt like all the cars around you started to move forward? But then you realised, oh-no! it is your car that is moving backwards!
How can you tell if it’s the other cars that’s moving or if it’s you? You look at something stable, something that does not move, a lamp-post or a tree etc.
In an unstable and ever changing world and culture that try to dictate to us what is right and what is wrong, how do we know what is true and what is lie? We look at the one thing that is never changing, always the same yesterday, today and tomorrow – God and His Word.
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” – Isaiah 40:8
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” – Matt 24:35
Just before His crucifixion, our Lord Jesus Christ prayed to The Father for His disciples (and also for us as well.)
He prayed: “Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is Truth.” – John 17:17
Staying in Scripture and rooted in God’s word is the only way to stay in Truth and to be able to discern truth from falsehood.
Why? To Know ourselves.
R. C. Sproul once said “This is what’s wrong with the Christian church today: we don’t know who God is and we don’t know who we are.”
Knowing ourselves as we really are and more importantly who we are in relation to a Holy, Righteous, Just and Merciful God is of the utmost importance.
Knowing why and how much we need a Saviour. If I am perfect and good enough just as I am in my fallen-nature why would I ever need a Saviour? If I am good and righteous on my own, why would I need God’s grace and mercy?
If we do not know who we are and why we are the way we are and who God is, we will get everything else wrong as well – how we live, how we respond to our fellow man, how we respond to God.
There are many more reasons to study Scripture and how reading the word of God will fill and nourish your life, but these, I believe, are the most important and overarching reasons.
I really do hope and pray that you may find a new fervour for studying the Bible and that you grow in understanding and knowledge as you loyally and consistently keep reading and learning.
In my next post I will be talking about How to read the Bible.
“In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.“