HOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” –Col.3.16
There are two (2) major ways one can grow in intimacy with God, and it is to read the Bible and to Pray.
In growing in the knowledge of God by the word, you can read it yourself, you can also be taught; just like we see in the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch that he was reading but didn’t understand until Philip came to explain to him.
Many find reading the bible to be just like reading a story book, whereas it should be rich and satisfying.
WHAT IS THE BIBLE?
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
WHY WAS IT WRITTEN?
Bible is from the Latin word “bibilia”, which means a collection of books. It is a collection of holy/sacred writings that were inspired from God by the hands of men.
As the holy men of old wrote what they heard and preached it, it became holy writings, which is called the Bible. God from ages past demanded that what he tells people should be documented. (Jeremiah 30:2, Daniel 12:4)
In the mind of some others, they ask “if the bible truly has its source in God why then is it scattered? Why does it seem that the books of the bible are not talking about the same thing?”
Every book has a central theme and then sub themes, that are later shared all through its chapters. However, good news is the entire bible has a central theme, and that theme is Jesus. The bible is God’s book that unveil the plan of salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Under the Old Testament we see God’s promise and plan of sending a savior, we see typologies of the sacrificial work of salvation which Jesus would come to do. In the New Testament we see the fulfilment and consummation of the redemptive work.
The Bible has a central theme and it is what should be emphasized during preaching and not just any other thing that the bible seem to talk about, such as demons, deliverance, breaking generational curses etc. The bible has a purpose for which it was written, it must be carefully used for that purpose.
The bible is a book that informs us about God in His divine state under the Old Testament. It also tells us about the saved man. Infact the bulky part of the epistles of the new testament contain several revelational truth about the believer in Christ Jesus. Needless to say then that the purpose of the redemptive work of Christ is to make something happen in the one who believes that will distinguish him from the one who doesn’t believe. However, these realities that have been brought into the ones who believe cannot be recognized by the physical senses at first. Thus until you read the word, you wouldn’t know how the life of a saved man should be.
As you read your bible, there is a correction in your perception about God, and a correction in your perceived image of who you are. Glory to God, we’re the men in Christ.
FURTHER READING: JOHN 20:30, 1 JOHN 4:15, 1 JOHN 5:11-13
CONFESSION: I MAKE BOLD TO CONFESS THAT THE WORD OF GOD HAS AN EFFECT ON ME AS I SEE MYSELF IN THE LIGHT OF THE WORD, I’M BEING CHANGED, EVEN BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD. HALLELUJAH.