Why do you read the Bible? What are we supposed to get out of our study of God’s Word?
One of the scriptures that was always very important to me is about Faith and the word of God.
(Rom 10:17) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
The things written in the word of God were written for our benefit “upon whom the ends of the world are come”.
(1Co 10:11) Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
(Rom 15:4) For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
When we see how God works and why we can have faith in Him by seeing how it worked for those written in the bible.
But even more than that the Bible is our instruction manual so that we can learn how to act;
(2Ti 3:16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
(2Ti 3:17) That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
When we read the Bible we need to be looking to see how what we read is applying to us. Does the word of God ever correct you or condemn your actions? Do you feel guided or instructed by what you read?
Too many of us today, read the bible looking for intellectual tidbits of insight by deep study of the word. That can be satisfying for sure but is it what we really need?
The Bible provides us with the Milk of the Word that we can use to grow with.
(1Pe 2:2) As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
But once we have grown to a point of spiritual maturity we need to begin to grow in a different manner. Our minds and spirit have grown to a point where we can actually begin to truly see the difference between good and evil.
(Heb 5:13) For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
(Heb 5:14) But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Look at what that strong meat implies, brethren. The implication is that we must move forward learning to live a righteous life discerning what is good and what is evil and living accordingly. We must go on to perfection;
(Heb 6:1) Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Notice going on to perfection is not about learning or “laying again” the doctrines which form the foundation that we are to build on but rather going on to perfection, learning to live as Christ lived, learning to see things as God sees them the way that Christ did, learning to react to things the way that Christ did.
God said that He was going to write His laws into our minds and hearts. I believe that is exactly what the Holy Spirit is accomplishing in us.
(Gal 5:22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
(Gal 5:23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
If we have the fruit of God’s Spirit working in us we will be keeping the law just as Christ did because it is the right thing to do. But we have to get to a point where our minds have been exercised to be able to truly discern between good and evil.
God is developing our conscience so that in fact we see things the same way that Christ and God the Father see them.
This is what Peter meant when he told us to grow in grace/favor and knowledge.
(2Pe 3:18) But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
Notice this knowledge we are to grow in is the knowledge about Jesus Christ and His role as Lord and Savior.
Growing on to perfection is all about learning to live as Christ lived. This is what we need from the word of God as we grow to spiritual maturity.
So many of our people in this time of division within the body of Christ are seeking “NEW” truths instead of learning more about Christ and how to live as He lived.
Our various corporate groupings of the people of God seem bent on trying to discover new truths that only they have to further separate themselves from others who all believe virtually the same thing.
I am sorry if this seems insensitive but I cannot help but believe that it is more about money and power than it is about truth.
The church groups should be teaching us more and more about how to grow to perfection and talk about what we share not about our differences. But then they could not hold your allegiance or so they think.
There is so much more in the Bible to teach us to be profitable servants as opposed to unprofitable ones.
(Luk_17:10) So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
Notice what Paul is talking about when he refers to being unprofitable:
(Rom 3:12) They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Do you see the point that Paul is making? They are unprofitable because they are not doing good. What they needed to understand to be profitable was how to do God the way that Christ shows us. Christ was our example and we need to be studying Him in the word as our “Role Model” Paul tells us to “Put on Christ”.
(Col 3:10) And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
(Col 3:12) Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
(Col 3:13) Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
(Col 3:14) And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Read these scriptures carefully. Putting on Christ is putting on the fruit of God’s Spirit within us. The knowledge that is renewed in us is after the “IMAGE” of God and Christ who is Himself the image of God.
So when you read and study the Bible from now on stop looking for “New Truth” start looking at Christ and how he lived. Try and emulate Christ in every way. Start making a conscious effort to apply all you read to yourself.
Learn to be that “PROFITABLE” servant by reading the word of God with the right purpose in mind.
(Mat 25:23) His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.