Studying the Bible (pt. 1): The Motivation

Motivation for Bible Study

Many people wonder how an ancient book like the Bible can be useful in today’s world. To answer this question we must look to the revealer of the Bible – God. God is the living God who rules and reigns over all generations. Thus, His word will always be useful, relevant, and authoritative.

Additionally, the Bible will reflect the character of God in that it is inerrant and infallible. Because the Bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit it is absolutely without error (inerrant), and it is completely dependable as a rule for faith and practice (infallible).

2 Peter 1:20-21: But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

The Bible remains useful, and effective for accomplishing its purpose of revealing the living God in such a way that it changes men and woman. The Bible heralds the good news of salvation to all peoples.

When we learn what the Bible teaches we are learning what God knows. When we apply the Bible to our lives we are adjusting our lives according to this new wisdom.

2 Timothy 3:16-17: All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

With this in mind it is important that we are diligent in our study of the Bible, and careful in our application of the Bible. Every passage in the bible is profitable only it is properly understood and practiced.