1ST Peter 1:23 to 2:2: “…having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,because
“All flesh is as grass,
And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers,
And its flower falls away,
But the word of the Lord endures forever.”
Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.
Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby…”
Why read the Bible? Sometimes we forget what it really is – God’s Word. It is God speaking to us. Meditating on this passage in 1st Peter, we can pick out some truths about God’s Word that help us understand why a Christ-follower should read it. Here’s how Peter, inspired by the Holy Spirit, described the Bible:
It is like an incorruptible seed. It doesn’t deteriorate, change in nature, grow old or lose its power!
It lives forever. Praise God! It is a LIVING Word, and will ALWAYS live! Nothing can kill it or stamp it out!
It produces new spiritual life. Through God’s Word, we’ve become new, and it renews life in us daily!
It endures forever. In contrast to man’s philosophies or writings, it will ALWAYS proclaim Truth and salvation!
It is to be desired. Preparing our hearts by laying aside all sin in our lives, God gives us a desire for it.
It produces growth. THAT is why we read it. Not simply to accumulate knowledge and facts, or learn a bit more about history. NO! NEVER! We read God’s Word to grow more and more like Jesus! If we aren’t growing in Christ, we’re probably not spending enough time in God’s Word.
Those are pretty good reasons to dig into God’s Word often. Let’s remember them, and expect God to use His powerful, living Word to transform us more and more into His image.