Reading the Bible – A Profitable Duty:
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable…” (2 Timothy 3:16).
Yesterday, we looked at how the Bible is inspired by God, it is profitable, and it will make us wise unto salvation. Today, I want to press home upon you the importance of reading your Bible. R.C. Sproule says, “I could plead with you to study the Bible for personal edification… happiness… (for a) fulfilling and rewarding education experience…But ultimately the main reason why we should study the Bible is because it is our duty.”
My prayer in sharing this with you is that you would be encouraged and challenged to begin to dig deep into God’s Word, to read, and study, and obey the Holy Scriptures. Although we read the Bible primarily because it is our God-given duty, there are also many practical benefits to studying the Holy Book. Here are just a few of the ways that Bible reading will profit you…
1. SCRIPTURE IS PROFITABLE FOR YOUR SPIRITUAL GROWTH:
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if so be you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” (1 Peter 2:2). If we desire to grow spiritually, to get to know God better, and become more and more like Jesus, we must we feed ourselves a steady diet of God’s Word.
2. SCRIPTURE IS PROFITABLE FOR GIVING WISDOM:
“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.” (Psalm 19:7). The truth contained in the Bible gives us wisdom and guidance for living life on planet Earth. It is a light unto our path, and a traveler’s map.
3. SCRIPTURE IS PROFITABLE FOR MAKING YOU HOLY:
“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 1717). The only way that we can ever hope to be holy as God is holy is to be cleansed with the washing of water by the word (Eph. 5:26). Psalm 119:9-11 says, “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word…Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
4. SCRIPTURE IS PROFITABLE FOR PRODUCING COMFORT AND HOPE:
“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4).
- Do you need relief in time of suffering? Read 2 Corinthians 12:8-10.
- Do you need guidance in time of decision? Read James 1:5-6 & Prov. 3:5-6
- Do you need strength in time of temptation? Read James 1:12-16.
- Do you need comfort in time of loneliness? Read Psalm 23
- Do you need comfort in time of sorrow? Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-5.
So again today I want to challenge you to read your Bible. The Bible is inspired by God, it is profitable, and it will make you wise to salvation. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. Get in the Word today!
Pastor Chris Jordan