Most Christians inherently feel the need / desire / drive to study the Bible, but a lot of times we’re not too sure why. And sadly, not too many of us stop to think biblically about why we should study the Bible.
So, from the Bible itself, here are seven great reasons, plus one ultimate reason why we should all be quick to study the Bible.
1. We must study the Bible to grow in faith
Rom 10 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
2. We must study the Bible to grow in joy
Ps 19 8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; … 10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
3. We must study the Bible to grow in righteousness / good works
2Tim 3 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
4. We must study the Bible to grow in discernment of good & evil
Heb 5 12 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, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
5. We must study the Bible to grow in wisdom
Ps 119 98 Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me.
Ps 19 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
6. We must study the Bible to grow in the prosperity of our relationship with God
Ps 1 1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. … 6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
7. We must study the Bible to grow in our ability to defend the reliability of the gospel itself
1Cor 15 1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you-unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures….
… and the ultimate reason to study the Scriptures…
8. But most of all, we must study the Bible to know Jesus
Jesus is the point of the Bible. Jesus is the perfect summation of all that came before him and he is the content and basis of all that comes after him. Therefore, you simply cannot understand the Bible apart from Jesus.
Matt 5 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
Luke 24 44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”
John 5 39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me….
1Cor 10 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. … 9 We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents….
2Cor 1 20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.
Without knowing Jesus you cannot understand the Bible; but without knowing the Bible you cannot understand Jesus. Our goal in knowing the Bible is ultimately knowing Jesus (and the Father through him as the Spirit enlightens).