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Perhaps as you look at the heading of this article, you will say to yourself, “There is no need of my reading this article as it will probably only contain some dry history of how the Bible came into existence, how we must use it, why it was given to us, etc.—things which we all know already anyway.”  But, young people, (and older folks, too) do you really know how to use the Word of God and do you know why it was given to you?  Read on and see!

Let me then begin by asking you a few questions.  Do you, dear reader, know:

“That the Bible is the best loved and yet the most hated book?

That the Bible is the most used and at the same time the most abused book?

That the Bible is the best known and still the least known book?

That the Bible has been denied a place in the world and yet it is found everywhere?

That many have turned against the Bible and that the number of critics and doubters of the Bible is very large; but that at the same time the Bible is making history for itself today among men more than ever before?

That there are approximately 35,000 copies of the Bible printed every year?”

All these statements may seem a bit strange to you, but read them over again, for if you have really understood them you will also see the distinct place that this Book, of which I am writing, has amongst all the literature of this world.  The Bible is a unique Book.

The Bible is unique because it is the Word of God.  No other literary product of all centuries can lay hold on this claim.  That belongs exclusively to the Bible, the Word of God.  It alone was given unto us directly by God and although it contains sixty-six separate books, written and gathered through different centuries, it is really ONE GREAT BOOK.  The Bible is a Unity!  And because of all this, this book deserves our wholehearted attention.

The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to us concerning the salvation of man.  Hence, it follows that the central message of the Bible is the revelation of Christ as our Redeemer.  If we do not recognize Christ as our Saviour, the Word of God will always remain a closed book for us.  This revelation as preserved for us is very clear, concise and complete because it is the inspired Word of God.  But, you might ask, “What does that mean—what is inspiration?”  And, of course, we cannot discuss that subject here for that would require a separate article, but we may say very briefly that it means that the holy men of God who wrote the books of the Bible did not just write down their thoughts but they were guided by the Holy Spirit so that every word that was written was of God.  Once again then do you begin to see what a wonderful book our Bible really is?

God gave us the Bible so that through it we might attain unto a knowledge of Him.  You may say, “But God shows Himself to us in nature—in all the works of His hand and so the Bible is not really necessary.”  And that is true, but nature does not tell us who God is and though we can see and adore many works of our God in creation, we never learn to know Him as our Saviour in this way.  For this we need His Word.  Therefore we ought not forget to study the Bible and show our thankfulness for this great gift of God by making proper use of it.

All of us have Bibles in our homes, but how much use is actually made of them?  How many of them lie idle upon the bookshelf while others come into use only for a few moments at meal time?  Is that making use of the Bible?  Of course it isn’t.  Others, perhaps, take time to read the Bible and through reading learn many things, but is just reading enough?  Reading is not the same as searching and the Lord said, “Search the Scriptures.”  Only then shall they make us wise unto salvation.

Our Bible should be studied as eagerly as a hungry man seeks for bread and it also will be provided if we are spiritually hungry.  “Man cannot live by bread alone, but by every word which proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”  (Matt. 4:4)  It makes a lot of difference whether we come to the table with an appetite or not.  In the one case we will eat, while in the other we may snub our nose and grumble at the presence of food.  It is really too bad that you see so many of these grumblers who snub at the good food of God’s Word.  Therefore, we must always approach the Bible in a reverent attitude of mind regarding it as the Word of God and desirous to obtain full nourishment from its study.  Everyday Bible reading may be of some value as a religious exercise, but in order to receive full benefit from the truth of the Word, we must study hard to fill our personal need.  That means we should do this systematically.  Do all of you have a regular time you devote to the study of Scripture?  Remember that in order to live and enjoy a healthy life on this earth, you must eat, sleep and work at regular intervals (no one forgets this) for there must be system to our daily life and how much more then to get the most enjoyment out of our spiritual life we ought to study Scripture systematically and have our daily manna at set times.  Do all of you, when you are busy with the Word, work systematically or do you just sit down and study in one part of the Bible and then skip about half and start somewhere else?  What if you tried to live that way?  And above all it is essential that we approach the Scriptures prayerfully, for it is only in the praying, seeking heart that the Holy Spirit is pleased to dwell.  And only that soul is guided and enlightened and made wise unto salvation.  Therefore, study the Word “reverently, systematically, thoughtfully, prayerfully and believingly” and you will never be put to shame.

For the Lord rewards the faithful according to His promise.  And although we cannot begin to enumerate the benefits you may receive from this Bible study nor can we in human language explain how rich these blessings are, we will attempt to say a few things here nevertheless.

Bible study increases our knowledge of the Word of God and accompanied with faith our knowledge of God Himself.  Now all wisdom in this world, the Bible teaches us, is foolishness and therefore, to be despised but the knowledge of God in Jesus Christ His Son is ETERNAL LIFE.  That is the greatest blessing and of course all other blessings are really implied in that.  No knowledge can make us so truly wise as this.

Then, too, in this there is joy.  The Word of God brings us joy in the midst of our present lot of sorrow and misery.  That joy finds entrance into the heart where it lodges and abides forever and there is no power or foe in heaven or earth that can take it from us.  The Gospel alone brings us the real tidings of joy.  And this joy brings comfort which is derived from the praises of God.  We may trust and believe the promise even though we see it as it were a far off.  God is sure and faithful.

Personal and faithful Bible study gives daily strength to the struggler, battling the war of faith.  In the evil day it makes him strong and with the Word he puts to flight his enemies.  And in that battle he enters into personal fellowship with the Captain of his faith who is declared through all the Scriptures.  Walking and talking with Him, we may ascribe praise, honor and glory to His Name, which for us is blessed.

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