We must remember that one of the primary purposes of Bible study is to change our lives, not just increase our knowledge! You haven’t truly studied the Bible until you have applied it to yourself! Scripture tells us that God wants us to be ”doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:21 kjv), or as the NIV puts it, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
Therefore, make the application of truth one of your main goals in studying the Bible.
IN YOUR HANDS…
Our hope is that as you have read this article, you have gained a greatly deepened appreciation for this miraculous “Book of books” we call the Bible.
We have seen that the Bible is truly THE Word of God, substantiated by overwhelming proof. We have learned that God’s plan for mankind throughout the ages is revealed only in the holy Scriptures. We have discussed who wrote the Scriptures and how it was done, and then how it was all gathered into ONE Bible. From there we have looked at how to practically develop a meaningful and life-changing method of studying God’s Word.
The Bible is a vast storehouse of inexhaustible riches already given to us by God. It is the only source of truth in our world that can lead us into an intimate and saving relationship with the God of the Universe. The Word of God is eternal and has outlasted, and will outlast, every effort of man to compete with it.
The sacred text, which God has preserved through His supervision of the copying, collecting and transmitting for over 3500 years, has now been placed in your hands. Countless thousands have suffered at great cost to themselves just to preserve our Bible. Even today, millions are tortured, enslaved and abused – even killed – for having a copy of the Bible. Yet they cannot be stopped, for only one Book has the answers to mankind’s deepest questions – THE BIBLE!
If you are reading this article, you undoubtedly own a Bible, maybe more than one. Then may we “stir up your pure minds by way of reminder” : take your Bible and read it! study it! apply it! . . . BELIEVE IT!