Why Study The Bible

Why Study The Bible?

Matthew 4:4

“It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”

I have been asked more times than I can remember “Why study the Bible?” Are Christians commanded to read their Bibles? Why should I? There have been many books written about this topic. To answer the question “Why Study The Bible?”, takes a book however, I want to give you three quick reasons.

  • God’s Word is a Christians food:

Matthew 4:4. When God whispered your name and you became a Christ follower, you became a new creation. The apostle Paul tell us in 2 Corinthians 5:17,

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

You are a NEW creation. Not changed a little, or a better you. You are a new creation. This refers to something that is created at a completely new level of excellence. It refers to your regeneration or new birth. Jesus said in Matthew 4:4,,

“It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”

Because we are new creations we have new needs. Physical hunger is important. Food is necessary. A more important source of sustenance than food is the Word of God. It nurtures our spiritual needs in many ways. It benefits us in eternal ways.

The Bible remains the only source of divine revelation and power that can sustain you as a Christian in your walk with God.

  • The Bible answers the questions “Who is God, Who is Jesus.”

God’s creation speaks to us. We can see the greatness and goodness of God. But this, in itself, is not sufficient enough to give us the knowledge of who God is. God has commanded us to seek Him, to fear Him, and to search out the scripture that we may know Him. Deuteronomy 7:9 tells us,

“Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;”

God has had everything we need to know recorded and preserved for us through His Word. Yet, if we are not careful, we can end up making God Almighty a god of our understanding.

We must study the Bible to know and understand Who the One true God is. We must take all that the scriptures say and teach, and base our beliefs on them and them alone.

John 1:1 says,

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Our salvation comes by grace through faith in Christ and Christ alone. He died for our sin that we might have life and have it abundantly. His atonement makes redemption possible.

The scriptures teach us Who He is, and all the wonderful things He has done for those that Love Him. Why would we not search the Scriptures, study the Bible, to know and love Him more?

  • To Make Disciples of All Men

God’s Word is clear; we are to be in God’s word so that we know who God is. With this knowledge we can know how to please God. We also will know how to act like a faithful follower of Christ.

We are called to know the gospel so that we may grow in grace and truth. We are also called to make disciples. If we do not know the truth, how can we make a disciple?

If we are not teaching and preaching the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth of scriptures, then we are making false converts! If we truly love someone, we will lead them to the truth! God always leads us to the truth. He holds back nothing, nor should we.

The Westminster Shorter Catechism starts out;

Q. What is the chief end of man?

A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

In other words we were made to glorify God. We should be in His word consistently in seeking to know Him and all His precepts so that His name will be great among the nations!

We must know who the God of the Bible is. We must know who Jesus Christ is and the amazing gift that He gave us. Jesus Christ left for us an example to follow, of how to live our life in the fullest. He gave us an example of how to glorify the Father in everything that He did.

There is only one place to find this and it is in the pages of God’s holy Word. Read it we must. Read it often.

My prayer for you is that you will develop a hunger for the Word.

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father. “