There are numerous benefits and reasons why you should study the Christian Bible.
The following reasons why you should study the Bible will open your eyes and motivate you to spend more time reading God’s Word.
Using Bible Study To Grow Your Faith
Strong and healthy faith is caused by embracing the Holy Spirit through reading Scripture. According to Paul,
“So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”Romans 10:17 (WEB)
When considering the context, “hearing” here refers to listening to evangelistic preaching. Paul says sinners convert to Christ because the Gospel sheds light on their darkened hearts (Romans 10:13-17 and 2 Cor. 4:3-4). Generally speaking, it could also refer to the reader’s heartfelt attention to God’s Word. Thus, when believers read and study the Bible, their trust in the Lord grows simultaneously.
How Does Faith Grow Just by Reading Scripture?
While many nonbelievers believe trust and faith in God growing through reading Scripture is psychological conditioning, there is proof of the Holy Spirit’s spiritual works in the believers’ hearts. First, we must understand the Bible is God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16), and is designed to help you walk in faith.
God’s word inspires each book in the Bible through His communications with the writers who transcribed what was heard. It is a sacred book because the Holy Spirit is the divine original author of its grammar, content, logical relationships, literary composition, and intention.
Of course, many people are skeptical of the supernatural origin and nature of the Bible. However, their skepticism comes from lacking experience and truth because the Holy Spirit is absent from their hearts (1 Cor. 2:12-14). To a Christian, however, the Bible is a holy and living book because, through it, the voice of God is heard and felt.
Thus, every time a Christian meditates on Scripture, his/her faith energizes because the Holy Spirit speaks to the whole being. Through the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit strengthens the affection felt for Holy things (Eph. 3:14-17), causing your mind to focus more on the presented spiritual reality (Col. 3:1-2).
And finally, when the Holy Spirit energizes both the heart and mind, you, as a believer, become evangelistically stronger and healthier in living out your faith in Christ confidently and intelligently.
“…you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.”1 John 2:14 (WEB)
Bible Study Reveals Real Spirituality
The Bible reveals God’s redemptive story in Christ Jesus. When we study the Bible evangelistically, the Holy Spirit gives us true spirituality.
For example, when the Jews’ legalistic teachings deceived the believers in Galatians, Paul strongly reminded them that the Holy Spirit does not operate in legalistic ways (Gal. 3:1-14).
The Galatians interpreted the Scriptures and their Christian life based on religious and individual performances instead of focusing on the Gospel’s truth.
We discussed this in great detail recently at church. Our pastor reiterated several times that no matter where you go, do not become trapped to enslave yourself. Jesus is enough. The Gospel does not tell you salvation comes from Jesus and good works or Jesus AND anything. It’s just Him. Nothing else. According to the Gospel, you receive salvation “by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.” Then when you have been born again, accepting Jesus and complete faith, the Holy Spirit works through you. Your salvation isn’t by your own works (which can be translated as hubris) because your works will look more like a bribe. “Look at what I did and this is what I deserve.” No, that isn’t the message the Gospel provides. Your salvation (the “Good News”) is solidified by your faith. When you’re truly living in faith, the Holy Spirit guides you through life as you crave every opportunity to develop a closer relationship with God and genuinely want to be used as His tool for His good.
Thus Paul says,
“I just want to learn this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by hearing of faith?”Galatians 3:2 (WEB)
The Galatians began to tread dangerous waters with what they began to believe and teach. They insisted on pushing unrealistic legalistic standards and false doctrine that skewed the congregation’s perspective of spirituality instead of focusing their minds on God’s grace.
This perversion happened because traditional Judaism perspectives influenced their scripture reading, causing them to place false teaching into their interpretations. Paul writing his letters to the Corinthians shows us why we must read our Bibles through an evangelistic lens. To only read your Bible is not enough because of personal and cultural biases that may skew the meanings of each book (which is why each book takes on a different meaning during different life seasons).
The Gospel’s guiding light illuminating your Bible study is essential. The picturesque biblical storyline from Genesis to Revelation unleashes its significantly dynamic impact on your life when read using the cross-context. As Paul said, we receive the Holy Spirit “through the hearing of faith,” meaning through your objective faith in evangelical Christian truths.
Therefore, reading Scripture through an evangelistic lens is essential because it enables you to seek and find the Holy Spirit.
Thus you experience true Christian spirituality when
- you read the Bible evangelistically – thinking of Christ and His work in our lives. Then consequently…
- the Holy Spirit gives you a grace-oriented perspective with the ability to live a Christian life.
Bible Study Expands Your Literary Considerations Into Application
The Bible is both supernatural and literal.
The Holy Spirit influences you as a reader through the literary style of the Bible’s human authors. Hence, when you read your Bible, you visualize and experience the literary incarnation of God.
Through your Bible study, you experience John’s words when he said,
“(and the life was revealed, and we have seen, and testify, and declare to you the life, the eternal life, which was with the Father, and was revealed to us); that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us. Yes, and our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”1 John 1:2-3 (WEB)
Unfortunately, within too many Christian churches, the Bible’s literary features have been neglected, perverted, and replaced with subjective, progressive, and/or mystical interpretations.
The separation of the Holy Spirit’s influence from the written Word solely serves to create various forms of religious fiction, which in turn can have abusive effects.
For example, I had the privilege of hearing a wonderful testimony recently where a woman who grew up in a Pentecostal church and spent most of her life thinking everything wrong was her fault; she never did enough, and life was challenging because of it. When she realized she was never taught the truth about faith alone being the key to salvation, a light turned on in her mind, liberating her from the burden of what she was taught. In her 30s, she finally focused on the Gospel, developing a deeper relationship with God and allowing the Holy Spirit to work through her instead of her “working for her place in Heaven.” Life became so much clearer and more enjoyable just on that one revelation.
Moving From Reading To Applying Your Bible Study
While the Spirit may no longer provide extra-biblical revelation (new, direct messages) regarding how God communicated with the Old Testament prophets and Christ’s apostles, The Lord still uses the Bible to illuminate its readers with an understanding of how to apply the Word in your life.
The Holy Spirit uses the Bible’s content and historical setting “for doctrine, correction, reproof, and instruction in righteousness” so that you may become adequately equipped for engaging in His good work. (2 Tim. 3:15-17).
Basically, the Holy Spirit uses the literary features of the Bible to speak to us. While the Bible is supernatural, it’s also literal, presenting the harmonious dual-authorship of God and men. Therefore, feel welcome to meditate on it with your God-given logic and investigation skills. God is using this wonderful book to talk to you through a means to start a deeper relationship with you so that He can communicate with you personally, clearly, and visibly.
Bible Study Enables You To Live Spirit-Filled
The doctrine of the Holy Spirit serves as an essential Christian truth. Biblically understanding who God is and His works are crucial to the Church’s doctrine and practice and, unfortunately, is not followed in too many churches worldwide.
Regarding the Bible, God is both the author and the enlightening illuminator. The Church’s doctrinal soundness and practical goodness depend on Him.
According to Paul, Christians should walk in and be filled with the Spirit. (Gal. 5:16, Eph. 5:18). In other words, Christians should engage in the daily discipline of pursuing guidance from the Holy Spirit.
When looking at the biblical analogy, studying your Bible is compared to the divine presence of Israel’s journey in the wilderness. The Israelites saw God as a cloud pillar by day and a fire pillar by night (Ex. 40:34-38). Their example inspires Christians to live under the guidance of the Spirit.
The wilderness example inspires the question: how can you, as a Christian, walk in the Spirit today and experience the filling of the Spirit?
Answers are found by carefully reading biblical data. The proper, practical, and spiritual practice of walking in the Spirit is to be continuously pursuing biblical truths.
Paul taught how when he said,
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the Lord.”Colossians 3:16 (WEB)
Most biblical scholars believe Ephesians 5:18 parallels Colossians 3:16 by implying being filled with the Spirit and being filled with the Word of Christ are one and the same. The Holy Spirit and biblical Scripture are always connected. Therefore, when you study the Bible, the Spirit uses the truth found in Scripture to enable us to deepen our relationship with Him properly, filling us with the reality of who He is and how He works in our lives.
Simply put, walking in the Spirit means living saturated and driven by truths found in the Bible.
Paul’s letter to the Colossians shows us that when you study the Bible in proper context, the Spirit empowers you to…
1. Have a proper view of Christ as Lord ( Col 1:15-23)
2. Follow the apostolic example and ministry (Col 1:24-2:7)
3. Refute errors with biblical teachings (Col 2:8-23)
4. Live with good manners and proper conduct (Col 3:1-17)
5. Manage his family with godly wisdom (Col 3:18-4:1)
6. Communicate with biblical intelligence and grace (Col 4:2-6)
7. Value Christian friendship and environment (Col 4:7-18)
Bible Study Inspires Hope
Paul describes unbelievers as “having no hope” without God (Eph. 2:12). Someone can be religious, but if he or she does not recognize Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, the Bible considers him or her spiritually lost.
Being Christian does not provide socio-political privileges as a bonus to your commitment to Christ. Your relationship with Jesus will not bring you any popularity, nor does it promise any earthly wealth or influence. Simultaneously, the world recognizes your faith as a hindrance to enjoying worldly offerings. Not only does most of the world not want to read it, but most of the world also scoffs at it, lacking any understanding of the freedom being a Christian provides.
Unfortunately, many people often think that biblical teachings might make them weird or weak.
Of course, those who learn and embrace the Bible contradict this perspective and attitude. I see numerous daily testimonies about how nonbelievers have found strength, purpose, prosperity, and genuine happiness after discovering Jesus and the Gospel.
To a Christian, when you embrace the Gospel’s truth, you believe that opening your heart to the presence of Christ is “the hope of glory.” (Col. 1:27). You know the advantage of submitting to God provides eternal life after your earthly death. When you read the Bible, you also see the many spiritual blessings the Lord gives you (Eph. 1:3).
“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that through perseverance and through encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”Romans 15:4 (WEB)
Reading your Bible opens your eyes to the reality and testimony of God’s tremendous power and goodness through God’s people’s history and experiences through several generations, providing us with the assurance and historical pattern to prove that God will never fail us.
To follow his example and teachings, we must pray like Paul as we read the Scriptures, asking God to illumine our eyes and hearts.
“having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,”Ephesians 1:18 (WEB)
When your affection is firmly attached to your hope in Him, materialism and worldliness cannot gain a foothold in your life. Therefore, studying your Bible is crucial to maintaining your focus on the glorious future.
Bible Study Provides Intimate Knowledge
“You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”John 8:32 (WEB)
This is further expanded in Psalm 119:45, “I will walk in liberty, for I have sought your precepts.” (WEB).
Studying your Bible gives you that spiritual freedom, preventing you from enduring becoming a slave to sin and the deception of Satan (John 8:34, 43-44).
Notice how Jesus connects freedom with knowledge. This kind of knowledge is intimate and faithful to the person from whom truth comes – the Lord Jesus (Jn. 8:31). Therefore, spiritual freedom results from committing to Christ.
Reading your Bible isn’t enough, nor is basic literary studies. Did you know? There are theologians with Ph.D.s who study the Bible at a scholarly level but somehow deny its power. They don’t believe in miracles and deny divine inspiration. For them, the Bible is just another piece of literature to pick apart and debate. Of course, this is unsurprising, considering that the Devil knows the Bible’s contents and uses deceptive tactics to pervert it and deceive people (Matthew 4:6).
“Jesus, therefore, said unto the Jews who believed in him, `If ye may remain in my word, truly my disciples ye are, and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’”John 8:31-32 (YLT)
Actual knowledge of the Scripture is a result of intimately committing to Jesus. The word “remain” in verse 31 clearly shows the need for consistency and discipline in studying biblical teachings. In other words, you continue immersing yourself in the words of Jesus because you love Him.
Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15 (WEB).
Love is the source of the liberating knowledge Jesus teaches. Spiritual freedom happens when you love Jesus and use that love as a driving purpose to want to become a good Bible student and understand His liberating Word.
Bible Study Is the Key To Answered Prayers
Perceiving Bible study as a key to answered prayers may sound weird, considering many people usually view answered prayer from a behavioral perspective or direct and noticeable cause and effect. Trust, submission, and patience are commonly associated with effective prayer. While they are behavioral ingredients needed for answered prayer, they are not the key that unlocks the door of heaven. Jesus said,
“If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you.”John 15:7 (WEB)
You only love Jesus if you are studying His words. You will not study the Bible if you don’t love Jesus. Loving Jesus and studying your Bible show your harmonious devotion and discipline. They serve as two sides of the same key to unlock God’s blessings upon our prayers.
When you love Jesus and value His majesty and goodness above all else, your perspective on answered prayers changes, viewing God’s “no,” “yes,” and “wait” answers as wise, powerful, and blessed. This is the essence of “not my will but your will be done.”
Bible study enlightens you to understand why and how God’s answers (whether no, yes, or wait) are all excellent, respectable answers to prayers. If you think about it, there is no such thing as “unanswered prayers.” He does provide answers if we get to know him well enough to understand how to notice them.
Nonetheless, our human nature still causes us to be curious as to how we can get God’s “yes” in our prayers, much like children scheming to receive approval to snag a treat.
When Jesus used the phrase “whatever you desire” (John. 15:7), it is reasonable to think that it refers to the desires of our hearts. As long as our requests, dreams, wishes, aspirations, and goals align with the words of Jesus and will give glory to Him, He will answer that prayer with yes, that is, “it will be done for you.” Therefore, always examine your desires through faithful Bible study. The Bible conforms us to God’s desire.