The Bible - Why Study It

The Bible
Divine Revelation
Authority of Scripture
Published

Mon, December 12, 2022

Modified

Fri, January 06, 2023


Who Authored the Bible

Scripture

#2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

The Scriptures were breathed into existence by God.

Why Did God Author The Scriptures

  • for our instruction
  • conviction
  • correction
  • training in righteousness

Why?

  • So we can be complete
  • So we can be equipped for every good work
2 Peter 1:21

21 For no such prophecy was ever brought forth by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Prophecy does not originate from man. Rather, men speak words of prophecy as God, by His Holy Spirit, brings it forth through them.

Why Study The Scriptures?

It Is Our Spiritual Sustenance

Matthew 4:4

4 But Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

It Keeps Us From Sinning Against God

Psalm 119:11

11 I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You.

It Is Of The Greatest Value

Psalm 19:9-10

9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true, being altogether righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.

It Warns Us And Brings Great Rewards

Psalm 19:11

11 By them indeed Your servant is warned; in keeping them is great reward.

It Brings Blessing and Prosperity

Psalm 1:1-3

1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or set foot on the path of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers.
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, yielding its fruit in season, whose leaf does not wither, and who prospers in all he does.

Can We Trust the Bible?

:::{.callout-scripture} # Psalm 33:4

4 For the word of the Lord is upright, and all His work is trustworthy.

Psalm 111:7

7 The works of His hands are truth and justice; all His precepts are trustworthy.

Psalm 119:160

160 The entirety of Your word is truth, and all Your righteous judgments endure forever.

What Did Jesus Say About the Bible?

God’s Word Is Truth

John 17:17

17 Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.

It Cannot Be Broken

John 10:35

35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came – and the Scripture cannot be broken

It Always Accomplishes What He Sent It Out To Do

Isaiah 55:10-11

10 For just as the rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return without watering the earth, making it bud and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat,
11 so My word that proceeds from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please, and it will prosper where I send it.

Every Word Will Be Fulfilled

Matthew 5:18

18 For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

It Testifies About Him

John 5:39

39 You pore over the Scriptures because you presume that by them you possess eternal life. These are the very words that testify about Me,

Luke 24:27

27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was written in all the Scriptures about Himself.

Is the Bible Still Relevant Today?

It Is Still Living, Active, and Judges Our Hearts

Hebrews 4:12

12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

It Still Instructs, Convicts, Corrects, and Trains in Righteousness

2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
17 so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.

How the Bible Guides Us Today

It Guides Us In How To Walk In Purity

Psalm 119:9

9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your word.

It Lights Our Path

Psalm 119:105

105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

It Guides Our Steps

Psalm 119:59

59 I considered my ways and turned my steps to Your testimonies.

Through Its Light, It Reproves Us

Proverbs 6:23

23 For this commandment is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way to life,

Some Benefits of Studying the Bible

It Revives Our Souls and Makes Us Wise

Psalm 19:7

7 The Law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making wise the simple.

It Gives Us Light And Brings Joy To Our Hearts

Psalm 19:8

8 The precepts of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart, the commandments of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

It Comforts Us and Gives Life

Psalm 119:50

50 This is my comfort in affliction, that Your promise has given me life.

Psalm 119:93

93 I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life.

It Gives Us Hope

Romans 15:4

4 For everything that was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope.

The Highest Purpose Of Studying the Bible

To Make Us Wise and Lead Us To Salvation

:::{.callout-scripture} # 2 Timothy 3:15

15 From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

So That By Believing In Jesus Christ, We Have Life

John 20:31

31 But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.