Episode 3: Why Read the Bible?
Why is it so important that we as Christians read the Bible? Tune in to learn five powerful reasons why reading God's Word needs to be a top priority in our lives.
Why Read the Bible?
It give us the right perspective: It's all about God.
The Bible begins with the eternal God creating this amazing creation, and it ends with God making all things new and restoring all things to himself. The Bible is filled with great supporting characters, but they are not the center of the story, God is (Romans 11:36). The whole Bible is about him, his son, and his plans. And the more we understand who God is, the more clearly we understand who we are, which is the next reason to read it.
It shows us who we are.
The Bible debunks the age old lie that we are all good people. None of us are good and we all deserve the just punishment of our holy God. However, the most beautiful truth of the Bible is this: "while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). The Bible brings us face to face with the reality of who we are and the incredibly wonderful news of what Jesus has done for us!
It transforms us.
God’s Word literally changes who we are. Only the Bible has the power to truly change a person because it starts from the heart and works its way out. When we try to change ourselves, we can deal with the symptoms of our problem, but we can never truly heal the root cause of our sickness: our sin. But we can't hide who we are from the truth of God's Word. It cuts through the facade we can put on and brings the truth of who we are straight to where we need it the most: our hearts, attitudes, and minds.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. - Hebrews 4:12
And the truth sanctifies us. Basically, it makes us holy (set apart) as God's children.
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. - John 17:16-17
It enables us to overcome sin.
When we see Jesus faced with temptations, he quickly uses the Word of God to overcome them. Why? Satan is the Father of Lies. His power is in distorting what God has said. Using the Bible, knowing it is the unchanging, true words of God, strips Satan of his power to deceive us.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God,so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. - Ephesians 6:10-17
The battles we face are spiritual ones. We must put on the armor that Lord provides and then fight back with the only weapon he gives us; "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
The truth of God’s Word is the only weapon we have that is powerful enough to cut down the power of Satan. We must not walk through this life of battles, leaving our swords sitting on the shelf. If that is the case, we’ve already lost the battle. We need to familiarize ourselves with our Bible (our sword) and get used to wielding its powerful truth!
It gives us the mission.
The world lives for pleasure, wealth, and temporary happiness. If we aren't reading the Bible, we can easily get caught up in living for the same things. However, God gives his children a different mission:
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” - Matthew 28:18