Friday, October 1, 2010

If, in fact, the Bible is what it claims to be, namely, wholly inspired, totally inerrant, supernaturally God-breathed, and powerfully able to accomplish change in the lives of regenerate believers, then it behooves us to study that Word and obey that Word. How foolish for the man of God to suppose the Bible is God's powerful Word and leave it to collect dust on the shelf. How could such a man think that he would inherit the kingdom of God when he has no delight in the King's Book? How could such a person think that he would enjoy the glories of heaven when he neglects the fellowship of God in this life? The man of God who loves the Son of God must be consumed with the Word of God resulting in obedience to God all for the glory of God. The believer must hold fast to God's Word.

The Bible mandates believers to study God's Word. But it's not a legalistic issue–nor should it ever become one. Rather, it should flow from the heart of the regenerate believer who is totally in love with his Savior, Jesus Christ. It is only natural for people to desire to spend time with other people whom they love. That is natural and to be expected. How could it be any different with our relationship with Jesus Christ who saved our souls from hell?

For the Christian, the study of God's Word must play an important part in his maturation as a child of God. Just as a young man desiring to enter the medical field and perform surgeries one day in the future studies all sorts of books and becomes, as it were, a "professional" in his field, so it is with the man of God. He must study the Book as he desires to grow in his maturity and progress in the discipline of the Christian life. Let it be said again: the believer must hold fast to God's Word.

Hebrews 10:23 — Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

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