But there is a second great reason why we should study the Bible:
B. THE BIBLE IS A TREASURE-STORE OF WEALTH FOR OUR DAILY NEEDS
If we devote ourselves to a consistent, daily study of God’s Word, we will reap a tremendous harvest. This harvest will be multifold. We will see it at a personal level, in our family, and then in the fruitfulness of the ministry God has entrusted to us.
Many benefits are guaranteed to be ours if only we will keep on sowing the Word of God into our lives (see Galatians 6:2-9). Listed below are just some of the blessings the Word of God brings to our lives.
- The Word secures our salvation. “Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21). “Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you“ (I Tim 4:16).
- It is a necessary part of spiritual growth. “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby” (I Peter 2:2).
- It provides spiritual cleansing. The Word of God has a washing effect that purifies our thoughts, emotions, attitudes, motives and desires (see Hebrews 4:12). Paul describes the Church being cleansed and sanctified by the “washing of water by the Word” (Eph 5:26). Jesus pointed to a personal cleansing when He said, “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you” (John 15:3).
- The Word imparts spiritual freedom and liberty. “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free“ (John 8:31-32). This freedom breaks the yoke of emotional, mental and spiritual bondage.
- It establishes a warning safeguard against sin. “Your Word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11).
- The Word works with the power of God to transform us. “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (II Pet 1:3-4).
- It is a building block of faith. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom 10:17). God’s Word stimulates, promotes and strengthens our faith.
- It gives wisdom and understanding. “The entrance of Your word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple” (Ps 119:130; also see Proverbs 6:23).
- The Word instructs and exhorts us. “Now all these things [the events of the Old Testament] happened to them as examples and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of ages have come. Therefore, let him who thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall” (I Cor 10:11-12). We can learn from the example of others in the Word the blessing of obedience to God, or the consequences of selfish, sinful choices.
- God’s Word strengthens and edifies us. “Strengthen me according to Your Word” (Ps 119:28). “And now, brethren, I commend you to God and the Word of His grace, which is able to build you up [edify]“ (Acts 20:32).
- It equips us. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Tim 3:16-17). Do you ever feel you do not “have what it takes” to be effective for God? Then fill yourself with God’s Word, and let it help make you ready (equip you) for anything God would have you do.
- It is an effectual weapon of spiritual warfare. “And take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Eph 6:17; see also how Jesus battled Satan and his temptations in Matthew 4:1-11). The best way to battle against sin, temptation or demonic activity is with the truth found in the holy Scriptures and with the Name of Jesus.
- It causes us to be approved. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Tim 2:15). The Greek word for “approved” is dokimos. It describes anything which has been tested, thus purified, and made fit for service.
- The Word gives comfort in times of testing. “This is my comfort in my affliction, for your word has given me life” (Ps 119:50). Even when it is the Word of the Lord doing the testing, we can be comforted – for it is God who is at work in us. “Until the time that his [Joseph] word came to pass, the Word of the Lord tested him” (Ps 105:19).
- It imparts the peace of God. “Great peace have those who love your law and nothing causes them to stumble” (Ps 119:165). From God’s Word we gain assurance, security and confidence.
- The Word imparts hope and comfort. “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Rom 15:4).
- It reveals divine guidance and direction. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps 119:105). And, “direct my steps by your word and let no iniquity have dominion over me” (Ps 119:130). Scriptures give a clarity of understanding, a discernment for walking through life, an assurance of the paths of righteousness.
- The Word imparts practical answers to life’s challenges. “So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in your word“ (Ps 119:42; see also Luke 12:11,12; I Peter 3:15; John 14:26).
- It gives us assurance of physical healing. “Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree . . . by whose stripes you were healed” (I Peter 2:24). And, “He sent His Word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions” (Ps 107:20).
- The Word imparts stability in our lives. The parable of the man who built his house on the rock, as opposed to the man who built his house on the sand, clearly shows the stabilizing power of the Word (Luke 6:47-49; see also Psalms 1:1-3).
These are just a few of the many benefits that can be found in the “treasure-store” of God’s Word. These benefits are meant to be experienced in everyday life – and will be, if we surrender to the Lordship of Christ, know His Word, and obey His word as doers, not just hearers (James XXX).