I know that most Christians out there would agree that reading your Bible is important. They understand that it is a basic part of the faith. But I think all Christians can agree that they probably don’t read the Bible as much as they should, or maybe they aren’t as consistent as they should be. But I have put together a couple verses talking about the importance of reading your Bible.
Now they were all weeping and lamenting for her; but He said, “Stop weeping, for she has not died, but is asleep.” And they began laughing at Him, knowing that she had died. He, however, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Child, arise!” And her spirit returned, and she got up immediately; and He gave orders for something to be given her to eat.LUKE 8:52-55 NASB
I see this scene of the child being healed as a image of what every believer goes through. We are presumed dead spiritually because of our sins and our Messiah comes and heals us, bringing us back to life spiritually. But what does Christ say after the child is healed? He says that she needs to eat.
He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord .DEUTERONOMY 8:3 NASB
Now there is a concept in the Bible that the Word of God is to be seen as a type of food or bread. Something that is essential to the life of Man. And it is from this verse in Deuteronomy that we find this concept.
Now if once we are saved we need to eat, as set out by the example of the child. Then we are to eat the Word so to speak. We are to be nurished by the reading of God’s word.
Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge; And their honorable men are famished, And their multitude is parched with thirst.ISAIAH 5:13 NASB
Not only do we need to read the Word of God, but we know what happens when we don’t. In Isaiah, one of the judgements against God’s people was that they lacked understanding. They had no knowledge of God. And because of their lack of knowledge, they died. And so it is with Christians today, those without knowledge will die spiritually.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;EPHESIANS 2:8 NASB
But we know that it is our faith that grants us the Grace of God and so we are free from being spiritually dead. But how does one attain this faith and grow it?
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.ROMANS 10:17 NASB
So we know that if we desire faith, we must hear the word of Christ or the Word of God, as Christ is the Word of God. So we must remember that to build our Faith we need to read the Word of God and in reading we build our faith. And in building faith, we solidify our salvation through the Grace of God.
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