Once one becomes a
Christian, we have noted that one needs to remain faithful and
that he is expected to continue to grow as God would have him to
do. That leads to asking how one is to grow. The answer includes a
number of things. In this article, we will discuss one of them,
communication is important in any relationship. Husbands and wives
must communicate if they desire a strong marriage. Parents need to
communicate with their children what is expected of them. Children
need to communicate with their parents also. A boss needs to
communicate with his employees, and his employees need to keep him
informed. Strong friendships are often based upon good
communication. What makes communication good? It is the fact that
all parties involved communicate two ways, that is, they tell what
needs to be said and they also listen.
communication is also needed with God. And He has provided ways
for us to understand what His will is for us and for us to
communicate with Him. For us to understand His will for us, He has
given us His word to read and study. And for us to speak with Him,
He has provided the avenue of prayer.
articles, we have established that the Bible is Godís word. We
also know that it was written in such a way that we can understand
it (Eph. 3:3-4, 5:17). But how do we develop a proper
understanding of His word? The answer is studying the Bible.
indicate that a Christian needs to study the Bible regularly. Paul
urged Timothy to "Be diligent to present yourself approved
to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing
the word of truth." (2 Tim. 2:15). To rightly divide
means to place things in their proper context which demands study.
Peter said that Christians are to, "...as newborn babes,
desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow there
by." (1 Pet. 2:2). In his 2nd letter he concluded saying,
"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ." (2 Pet. 3:18). Note that one area we are
to grow in is knowledge of Jesus, which means studying His word.
Colossians 3:16 says, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you
richly in all wisdom...". In Ac. 17, Paul spoke to the
Bereans and they were commended because, "These were more
fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the
word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find
out whether these things were so." (17:11). Again, they
were commended for something that can only be accomplished by
studying Godís word.
There are so many
things about Christianity that demands study. We are to give an
answer to everyone who asks us a reason for the hope that is in
us. (1 Pet. 3:15). We are to be like Christ (1 Cor. 11:1). We need
to know how to become complete (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Ignorance causes
sin (1 Tim. 1:12-13, Psalm. 119:11). Not everyone who claims to
teach Godís word actually are doing so. Consider the multitude
of passages warning us about false teachers (Gal. 1:6-10; 1 Tim.
4:1-3; 2 Tim. 4:3-4; 2 Thes. 2:9-12). In addition to these
passages the entire books of 2 Peter and Jude are dealing with
false teachers. We are also to reach a point where we are no
longer tossed about with every wind of doctrine, in other words,
we are to be steady and steadfast in our beliefs (Eph. 4:14-16, 1
Cor. 15:58). And let us not forget that we will be judged by
Godís word ( Rom. 2:16; Jn.12:48). Every one of these actions
demand that we study Godís word regularly. It is one of those
areas that I call a spiritual indicator: That is to say
that the amount of study in you life will correspond directly with
how strong you are as a Christian. (Other spiritual indicators
include prayer and assembling to worship).
In this age,
Godís word is the only way we can find out what He wants us to
do, so we must find time to study. What about you? Is Bible study
a regular part of our life? If you want to be pleasing to God it
has to be such. Why not begin resolving to set some time aside
every day to consider what God has to say to you. Do you have
questions? How can we help you?