What’s in it for me?
“What’s in it for me?” That question is part of most people’s decision making process. Today we’ll begin to answer that question when it comes to Bible study. Let’s take a look at a couple of passages together. Then, I’ll suggest some additional reading for you to consider.
2 Timothy 3:15-17
is a central passage about the blessings of Bible study. It says…
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
This passage lists seven blessings that come from studying God’s Word. Before you read on, can you briefly describe each of those blessing? Here they are:
- The Bible points us to the way of salvation.
- The Bible is the authoritative source for all Christian teaching.
- The Bible shows us where we are wrong.
- The Bible teaches us how to get right.
- The Bible instructs us in right living.
- The Bible helps us to become fully mature (perfect) believers.
- The Bible fully equips us to do all the good works God has planned for us.
also lists many blessings that flow from God’s Word. It says…
“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.”
Again, before you look at the list below, try to identify the blessings in the passage for yourself. Here are some of the blessings of the Bible according to this passage:
- The Bible converts the soul.
- The Bible makes the simple wise.
- The Bible makes the heart rejoice.
- The Bible gives enlightenment.
- The Bible is more precious than gold.
- The Bible is sweeter than honey.
- The Bible warns us of danger.
- God rewards those who keep its sayings.
Points to Ponder
Can you look back over the last month and see times where you have experienced one or more of the blessings of God’s Word that we have talked about today? If so, what are they? If not, why do you think that is?
Read More About It
Psalm 119 is one of the major Old Testament passages about God’s Word. Throughout the week, I’ll be asking you to read and meditate on a portion of it if you have the time. Today, take a look at Psalm 119:1-32 and make note of the blessings of God’s Word that you find in the passage.