Week Six - Day Four
Why Study the Bible?
2 Peter 1:16-21 - For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone‘s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
In John 15, Jesus explained that abiding in him meant to have an understanding and practice of his words. The New Testament writers that followed expounded on this. Peter, as one of the 12 apostles, had the honor of being taught and discipled by Jesus. He was one of the two disciples who ran to see the empty tomb (John 20:3-9). Jesus called him the rock on which his church would be built (Matthew 16:18). Yet in this letter to the church, Peter says that Scripture is even better than his own eyewitness account because it comes directly from God. It is reliable to reveal truth, like a light shining in a dark place. What a precious gift he has given us! But we haven’t been given this gift without a purpose. Rather, as Peter goes on to warn his readers in chapter 2, false prophets and teachers will attempt to mislead the church with destructive heresy. In Ephesians 6:12, Paul reminds us that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” “Therefore,” Paul says, “put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground” (Ephesians 6:13a). Both Peter and Paul remind the church of the importance of being strongly rooted in God’s word (2 Peter 1:19, Ephesians 6:14-17), and Peter specifically warns the church to be on the ready for false teaching (1 Peter 5:8). God has given us his word not only as a reliable guide, but as a useful weapon in the battles we face.
- How has God's word been a gift to you?
- Research shows that studying the Bible 4 times per week is a turning point for many Christians in how it affects their life. Is studying the Bible a priority in your life?
- What evidence would prove this?
- How can you help others see his word as applicable in their life?