What Are We to Do? “Study”

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (II Timothy 2:15).

Each believer is to be a student of the Word. This is our calling. It is not enough to read books or hear teaching “about” the Bible. We each have a personal responsibility to KNOW the Scriptures for ourselves.

The “Bible School” is one from which we will never, during this earthly life, graduate.

It is often surprising to hear what some will affirm to be within the pages of the Bible. I have met, on a number of occasions, those who sincerely quote a supposed “Bible” passage that no concordance could ever locate (let alone those who quote passages completely out of their context!).

Many Christians are simply unacquainted with The Authority of their faith – The Bible. They are spiritually “illiterate.” They spend their Christian lives guessing; they never “LOOK IT UP!

I often wonder if the pastor of the average church could not preach just about “anything” and the congregation would accept it, without question, as being the “gospel truth” (but the fact is that “anything” is actually being preached by many today!).

Why do so few believers study? Maybe one reason is that it is hard work!

… And much study is a weariness of the flesh … (Ecclesiastes 12:12).

I once had a fellow believer tell me that they would rather do a hard day’s work than to study all day; that the manual labor was less tiring. The truth is that study is indeed very demanding. It requires much time and energy. This is true of any study; yet how much more the study of the Bible, but it is eternally rewarding!

Never guess, look it up!

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook

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One Comment on “What Are We to Do? “Study””

  1. Tom Ferguson Says:

    One of the greatest values of Bible study is that it enables us to clearly see that there are ideas held in doctrine that are in fact repungent to scriptural revelation. This does in fact also require our logic and intuitive faculties. We find in the oldest of all the Christian creeds the statement that Jesus Christ was “conceived by the holy ghost”. Most learned this phrase by rote at an age when they were too young to even know the meaning of the words, let alone what they implied. The word conceived means fathered. It means that a human seed has been fertilized. It bespeaks a sexual union. And it is repungant to the word, and revelation of scripture as well as the “nature” of God. It is the figure anthropomorphism in reverse. It is in fact a blasphemy. The promise of “The seed of the woman” in Genesis # 3 & 15 is exactly that. How a female seed could begin spontaneus gestation is no great concern to one who believes that Deity had spoken all things into existence and who recognizes the reality of the miraculous. We have in Genesis chapter 6, and in Jude and Peter the record of the Angelic conceptions with the daughters of men. Does not this approbation and the subsequent punishment that these were to receive speak to us concerning the idea that Deity has conceived a child? Yet we find this ‘concept’ full blown in Paganism and Greek and Roman mythology. Perhaps that is where we should look for the origin of this diabolical phrase as well. The simple truth is “the word became flesh and dwelt among us” nothing less, and most certainly nothing more!


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