It is Written ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17
“All Scripture is given by inspiration by God, and is profitable for doctrine (teaching), for reproof (criticism), for correction (improvement), for instruction (training) in righteousness (living holy), that the person of God may be complete (proficient), thoroughly (fully) equipped for every good work.” ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Though I have been preparing another writing, the Lord impressed on me regarding His Word known as The Bible. The Bible is the living Word of God and as the Apostle Paul penned, it is used to guide every believer in their daily living. If you want to know answers in life, then you need to look no further than the Word of God. If you want to know how to live according to what God says, look to the Word of God.
Yes, the Word of God comes in various translations and languages, but let us not get caught up in the one translation only KJV ideology. As student's (disciples) we need to study of the Word of God, I myself have learned much more through the study of the Hebrew and Greek language. I will tell you this, Jesus and the Apostles did not use “thee or thou” and the “th” at the end of their words.
However, what I want to address is the lack of the knowledge and understanding of the Word of God by many. When I visit a church or a person's home, I tend to observe the Bible they use. Sometimes I ask, “how long have you had this Bible?” This helps me to know how much they use that Bible. When they respond that they have had it for a long time and it looks almost brand new, then it tells me they do not use it to say the least. When I see a Bible that is worn with personal tabs, many underline scriptures, it tells me they study. The Bible is not to look pretty on your coffee table or shelf, but should be an intricate instrument for your daily living.
Yet, another issue to the lack of use of the Word of God can be found in many churches today. Hey! We don't use the Bible, because the preacher has the Scripture put on the Jumbo Screen or “The verses are printed in the bulletin.”. That's the problem. Have our churches became lazy in the teaching of how to search out the Scriptures? “Oh, we use ours in Sunday-School.” Okay, but what about in the sanctuary? What saddens me and I believe others will concur, is when a preacher says, “If you have your Bible”, instead of “Open your Bible to…” The laziness is, we have become accustom to fancy electronic gizmo's that we forget the basic foundations of searching out the Word of God. Have we become like baby birds who wait on what is regurgitated by the mama bird? This means, we rely only what the preacher says without opening our Bible to make sure what is presented is so. In Acts 17:11, the Jews in Berea were fair-minded and “they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” This means what was presented to them, they didn't take it face-value just because the preacher said so, they studied the Scriptures to make sure what was presented to them was correct.
Some may argue, “well they may not have the money to buy a Bible?” If you can afford your beer, CocaCola's, cigarettes, or other entertainment, you can afford a Bible. However, many churches make Bibles available by placing them in the church pews. So there really are no excuses why you can't open the Bible in church.
Another way you can tell if a person reads their Bible, is how they conduct their lives. A person who calls themselves a Christian is held more accountable to God by how they live, than those who are not. God knows who are genuine, make-believers, selfrighteous, and non-believers. We are known by our fruit. Yes, we can righteously judge a person by the fruit one bears. This is not fine-tooth combing every step or word they speak. This is basing their fruit by the Word of God (Galatians 5:16-26). The Pharisees and leaders were more self-righteous and quoted scripture left and right, which gave the appearance of being religious, but actually were like a grave full of dead bones (Matthew 23:27).
Now understand, we cannot condemn a person for their sin actions, but out of love guide them to what the Word of God says in hope to lead them to repentance, if so you have done good (Matthew 18:15). In today's society those who desire to practice sin (lifestyle) will usually be the ones to quickly quote scripture such as not keeping the Sabbath, eating shrimp, pork, and so on. They are those who love their sins and don't want them pointed out. To quote scripture we must understand that Satan also quotes scripture. Just look at Matthew 4 when Jesus was confronted by Satan. Satan knows the Scripture better than any preacher, and because he knows the scripture, he is able to twist the scripture to mislead others. This is why we must fervently study the Scriptures but put into application of what we study to our lives, and that is called wisdom.
As in the Book of Colossians we are instructed to have ‘Knowledge' which is the accumulation of facts, ‘Understanding' which is the arrangement of facts, and ‘Wisdom' which is application of facts. Yet without Biblical knowledge, understanding, and godly wisdom we as a people will not be properly nourished unless we dine daily on His Word. There are people who claim their Christian affiliation are usually those who like buffet dinners, because they pick and choose scriptures to justify their sin lifestyle. A phrase I have used many times is, “The Bible is like an onion, for a onion has many layers to it, and the more you peel it, the more tears you will shed, and the more you peel it, the closer you come to the heart of it, which is the Heart of God.” Another phrase to consider is this, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” The point here is you must consume the entire Bible through daily study to guide you to a more mature relationship with the Lord.
Sadly, there are those who can be compared to what the writer of Hebrews wrote, “For although you ought to be teachers by this time, again you need someone to teach you the basics of God's sayings. You have come to need milk, not solid food. For anyone living on milk is inexperienced with the teaching about righteousness—he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who through practice have their senses trained to discern both good and evil.” ~ Hebrews 5:12-14
To gain godly maturity and wisdom, one must daily search His Word for the solid Truth, for “It is Written."