Bible Study (Part 2)
Thank you for reading our page on reading your bible, in this page and page one I am looking to give an introduction to basic reasons that studying the Bible is important to your life as a Christian. Please check out our other pages also.
It’s just a book written ages ago, what relevance is this to me?
Hebrews 4:12 (ESV) For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
We spoke about the word being able to mold us and make us new, this verse talks about how the word can cut direct to the heart, can speak to us and provoke life change in a willing heart. Building your life upon this book is not like any other “holy books” it is “living and active”.
But it is just another holy book right? How does it differ from other holy books?
Psalm 19:7 (ESV) The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; 8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9 the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. 11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping with them there is great reward.
As we said in the last paragraph, it is “living and active” it is not a rule book full of stuffy rules and regulations to quell our fun on earth, it is much more than that. It has the ability to do as the verse above states it does make wise the simple, it is a book of enlightenment, it has laws and rules but they are sent by a loving father to show his children what to avoid and how to live a life that is pure and holy.
It is also historically accurate to a fault, secular archeologists use it as a resource. Prophesies in this book had been proven to be true and in many ways science has caught up with the bible in areas such as the Earths spherical nature and has shown things that have been hailed as recent science.
How will the Bible help me in spiritual battles?
Ephesians 6:10 (ESV) Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. 17 and take up the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
We are in a battle dear Christian, please make no mistake about that! By choosing Jesus Christ as our Savior we are putting ourselves at odds with the world. We are in a daily battle with the one who wants us to fall, to lose faith, be ineffective for the LORD. We need the bible, its words, and its wisdom on a regular basis in order to be strong against these attacks.
James 1:19 (ESV) Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
In addition to being readers and learning the wisdom of the LORD, we have to apply it to our lives. How we live our lives, the decisions we make on a daily basis with the people we hope to show Jesus to is a far greater witness to the life changing power of Jesus Christ and will have a much more lasting impact to a skeptic than a million well thought out and well preached sermons teaching the most profound apologetics and systematic theology.
So are these words true?
Proverbs 30:5 (ESV) Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Couldn’t we all do with some rest and a shield? God is truth, he cannot lie so you know that his words ae honest. He desires that his children make good choices and wishes that they listen to his words. I do advise however, his will may not be aligned with your will. In those situations we have to align with Gods will.
Isaiah 40:8 (ESV) The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of God will stand forever.
As stated before, these words have been proven true in both religious scholarly circles, archeological circles, atheistic circles have even conceded that places, times and tribes that were thought to be errors in the Bible have all been proven and verified by even the most hostile of Academia.
This is a book that has had the most intense persecution, from shortly after it was canonized all the way through to present day. It has been the most maligned, most persecuted, most hated book, but in many cases the folks who have been the chief persecutors have come to the LORD, dedicated their lives to Jesus Christ and became Christians. The Word of God will stand forever!
But I know the words of this book
Mark 12:24 (ESV) Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?
There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom; we have to be careful as having only knowledge will not lead to becoming closer to God, the Pharisees that Jesus was rebuking in this passage knew the scriptures inside out. They did not have the right heart however and tried to fit the scriptures to how they lived their lives through a perverse religion based theology that god never intended.
We have to have knowledge, but we much also pray for wisdom to not just know the scriptures but to seek Gods will in how to apply them to our lives and how to help others by the pure undefiled Word of God. We have to recognize that there is a world of difference between ‘knowledge” and “wisdom”.
God bless and I pray this was a blessing and please feel free to like, share or comment on here or whatever social media platforms you use as the Lord leads you to, as always I love questions about this or any other article so please feel free to fill in the form below, all comments are moderated to avoid profanity.