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Why Study the Bible

المؤلف: Cody C. Lorance
التاريخ: 14.04.2011
Category: الكتاب المقدس في العمل المرسلي

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The following is taken from a Bible Study I taught some time ago on the Bible and why we should study it.  I was recently asked for the notes and am posting them here for general use.  The PDF is also attached.

Why Study the Bible?

 (Four reasons)

 

 A.) The Bible is God Speaking  (Ps. 119:13, 72; 2 Tim. 3:16, 1Pet. 20-21)

 Perhaps one of the most common “nicknames” for the Bible is, “God’s Word.”  The reason is simple, God is speaking today, and we hear His voice when we study the Bible.

Paul wrote to Timothy that “all Scripture is God-breathed.” 

I want to bring in some thoughts here about “verbal plenary inspiration” including the thoughts in the following box and some readings from theology texts.

"Verbal Plenary Inspiration" means "God the Holy Spirit so supernaturally directed the human writers of Scripture that, without waiving their intelligence, their individuality, their personal feelings, their literary style, or any other human factor of expression, His Complete and Coherent Message to mankind was recorded with perfect accuracy in the original languages of Scripture: the very words bearing the Authority of Divine Authorship."

So "Verbal" means, "the Bible in its original languages, from first to last (Autograph), is an exact record of the Mind and Will of God as He intended it to be."

So "Plenary" means, "the entire text of the Bible is equally from God, but not necessarily equally-important."

So "Inspiration" means, 2Tim3:16’s "God-breathed" (theopneustos): just as God breathed into Adam’s nostrils AFTER MAKING HIS BODY and that made Adam EXHALE and thus become a living soul, so also God’s breathing of the Word into the Scripture writers produced an ’exhale’ of Canon, without waiving any of their own personal attributes.

I’ll mention here that we’ll come back to the Timothy passage later.

B.) The Bible is our Sustenance  (Ps. 119:93; Mt. 4:4)

The following is an excerpt from Your God is Too Safe, Mark Buchanan (2001):

     You are what you eat . . . study is ingesting and digesting, the chewing and swallowing and being filled with ideas, images, thoughts, and attitudes.  To browse and idea, to skim it and dabble in it--that is like getting a whiff of food, maybe a faint taste on the tongue.  But to study: to really plunge into the depth of a thing, to interrogate it and allow it to interrogate you, to probe it and be probed by it--that is study.  That is eating.

     The Bible often uses the image of eating as a metaphor for study.  Jeremiah says that when God’s Word came to him, he ate it . . . The Ethiopian Emperor Menelik II took this literally.  Whenever he fell ill, he’d eat actual pages from the Bible in the belief that this would cure him.  He died in 1913 after ingesting the entire book of 2 Kings.  I want to scoff at his superstition, except that a sliver of warning pricks my skin:  I have seen people--myself included--writhe in soul sickness by a refusal to eat the word of God.

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This article brings up a wonderful point about our spiritual health.  In the church that I am a part of there is so much focus on praying for the physical needs of ourselves and others that we lose sight of the fact that we need to be praying for our spiritual health too.  The best way that we can tedn to this spiritual "sickness" is to feast on the Word of God.  This will strengthen us and, along with prayer, push back the spiritual weakness that comes with a lack of sustenance.


25.04.2013
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@ cjh4787:

Thanks for your feedback! God bless you!


26.04.2013
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I have been a Christian for 17 years but have never studied the Bible daily until last summer.  I began reading the book of Hebrews and I was touched by the sacrifice Christ made for my sin.  I felt conviction and a new desire to spend time in God’s Word daily.  God has been faithful and I have felt His Presence and Peace so strongly.  I can say that God has answered a prayer that I have been whining about for a long time.  I stopped whining and started earnestly praying.  Gor heard my prayer and answered in a miraculous way!  Each morning I enjoy my time with the Lord and I His Spirit is a Gift!


21.04.2013
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@ ajlt34:

It really is amazing how much better we feel when we really dive into the Word of God.  There are moments in my life when I feel really low for whatever reason and then, as I reflect on my situation, I realize that I have slacked on my personal study time.  Once I dive back into His Word, my problems may not be solved, but I feel encouraged and refreshed.


25.04.2013
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This article brings up a wonderful point about our spiritual health.  In the church that I am a part of there is so much focus on praying for the physical needs of ourselves and others that we lose sight of the fact that we need to be praying for our spiritual health too.  The best way that we can tedn to this spiritual "sickness" is to feast on the Word of God.  This will strengthen us and, along with prayer, push back the spiritual weakness that comes with a lack of sustenance.


25.04.2013
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Good job Cody on placing emphasis on the importance of daily reading and studying of the Word of God. As believers it is important that we feast daily on the living Word of God everyday.


18.05.2011

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