by Richard Mansel
Nothing measures up to the importance of spending time in the Word of God. Without it, heaven is an impossible dream.
“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17, NKJV).
Jesus is the Word (John 1:1), and his body is the Church (Ephesians 1:22-23). He said that if we love Him, we will be obedient to his teaching (John 14:15). Ignorance of God’s Word will not inherit eternal salvation (Hosea 4:6). Only through knowledge can we be transformed (Romans 12:1-2).
Jesus said that we must follow him (Matthew 11:28-30) and Scripture gives us all that we need to be saved (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3). Therefore, the Word is our path to God (Psalm 119:105).
God’s greatest sustained plea for the necessity of Bible Study may be in Psalm 119. The psalm has 176 verses, divided up into 22 parts based on the Hebrew alphabet. The psalmist pours out his heart in an apologia on the power of God’s Word.
To be a disciple of Christ, we must be a learner and that process cannot exclude Psalm 119 as a motivator for the ages.
We simply cannot live for God unless we know what God desires. Getting the gospel third-hand, from the mouths of others, means that we do not know the Lord at all. Only when we invest time in listening to him personally, from our own studies, can we truly claim a relationship with him.
Without a growing knowledge of the Bible, we cannot live for Christ and walk the “undefiled way” (Psalm 119:1).
“Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart” (Psalm 119:2).
Surely we see that this cannot be accomplished without immersing ourselves in Scripture. God is found in the pages of the Holy Writ. Unless we live there, we will not live one day in heaven.
God will direct our steps through Scripture (Psalm 119:5-7). When our hearts and minds are filled with God’s truth, we will praise him for this gift. Scripture is the greatest treasure under heaven and we would be foolish to ignore it.