Why Are We to Study? “To Show Thyself Approved”

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).

We study the Scriptures because this is the only way that we can be the unashamed workman whom God can approve. The One who does the approving is not the organization, the institution, the denomination, the church or pastor, but GOD Himself.

Our study is for Him! We are not studying for anyone else.

We seek only His approval! We are not preoccupied with what others think.

Those who will find their approval before men will find their own shame before the Father. Conversely, those who are approved unto God will find themselves shamed before the world.

Those who will be “noble” before God (Acts 17:11) will not find their popularity, respect, reputation, prestige, position or honor before men.

Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day (I Corinthians 4:13).

Never guess, look it up!

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

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One Comment on “Why Are We to Study? “To Show Thyself Approved””

  1. Tom Ferguson Says:

    Thanks to the many ‘Statements of Faith’, and theological discoarses, and chatacisms,and creeds, and hymns, we all now already know what the Bible says. This is one reason that many see they need not read, and more so, attend to the study of it. And the logic is true, for who would suffer listening to anyone if we already knew what he was going to say? But if one should perchance begin to read the Bible, then perhaps he would soon discover some things in it that he did not already know. Further on, he might discover some things that challenge the veracity of the things that he already knew. It is at this point that he descends into the valley of decision. It is here that many close the Book and return to the comfort of what they already know.


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