Why Bible Study is Important (Part 2)
Why Bible Study is Important (Part 2)
As mentioned in our previous posted, I have come to realize that we make up many reasons for not reading the Bible. We have several excuses that we use for our lack of obedience. However, the Bible can sometimes be difficult to read and understand and it’s easy to fall into a trap of neglecting God’s Word, those are still excuses for not reading the Bible.
The lost art of studying Scripture has become a major issue amongst believers, however, this is still not an excuse for not reading and studying the Bible. It was stated that the first reason for studying the Bible is for spiritual growth. We took a look at 1 Peter 2:2, were Peter says, “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.” To summarize, we stated that this verse gives us three important keys: attitude like that of an infant that has an appetite for the Word of God with the aim to grow up in our salvation. We also gave action steps to study the Bible more effectively.
The second reason for studying the Bible is for spiritual maturity. Listen to the writer of Hebrews as they say, “About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:11-14). In these passages, the writer of Hebrews gives us three key points to help us to mature spiritually through studying the Bible.
1. “by this time,” we are called to have spent time learning the truths of Jesus. We notice more accurately that the writer is trying the explain the importance of Jesus as our High Priest. The writer is striving to give comfort to the audience by explaining the importance of Jesus being Our High Priest. However, like many Christians today we grow dull in the truths of Jesus because we feel as if we have heard it all before. This is what the audience of Hebrews had done. However, our time hearing the truths over and over ought to ignite a passion in us to share with others.
2. “for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child, but solid food is for the mature,” we are called to grow in our knowledge of the Word of God. In the words of Tony Evans, “to know God is to have Him rub off on you…so that who He is, influences who you are.” Therefore, our knowledge of God is not merely intellect but a lifestyle before others that glorifies God. As we embed the truths of Scripture over time, it becomes our “modus operandi”: our way of life.
3. “for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil,” we are called to experience in the use of the Word in discerning between good and evil. Tom Constable mentioned that, “the writer’s point in these verses is not just that spiritual babies lack information, which they do, but that they lack experience.” For those who are striving for maturity, the knowledge or information we gain through the Scripture must be put into action and trained through repetition so that the believer can discern between what is good and evil.
Once again, we learn that the Bible is clear: studying the Scripture helps us to understand the benefits and implications of our salvation and the object of our salvation.
In conclusion, for the second of our series on the importance of studying the Bible, Scripture teaches us that we are to be spiritual mature and maturity is correlated to our personal study of the Word of God. Since this is so important to every believer, how, do we accomplish this? We accomplish this in three steps.
Step 1: As you study Scripture ask yourself these question as you observe the text: (Who, What, When, Where, Why). These questions are essential to understanding the context and the people involved.
Step 2: What does this passage mean? What is the original intent of the author (the Holy Spirit and the writer)? What does this text mean to the original audience?
Step 3: How can I apply this to my life? How can I teach this to others?
The ways in which we answer these questions will have significant impact in our spiritual development. I have found this to be a great way to start your study of the Word of God: Always start by reciting this verse, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (Psalm 119:18).