Benefits of the Word

Sometimes God’s people question the benefit of studying the scriptures. As they view themselves as having busy lives and many responsibilities laid upon them, to what purpose should they set the reading and studying of the scriptures as a priority?

There are many blessings to the reading and study of God’s word. First, the Lord told some unbelieving Jews to “search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life and they are they which testify of me.” Thus the scriptures (old and new testament) are a continual testimony of Jesus. What child of God should not have a great interest in learning more about the one who saved him and gave him eternal life?

Second, the scriptures are spiritual food to the inner man. The Lord told Peter to “feed my lambs, feed my sheep, feed my sheep.” Paul told the elders at Ephesus to “take heed unto thyself and to all the flock over which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” Peter admonished the elders to “feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof...” Job said, “I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.” Thus our souls are fed spiritually by the word of God.

Third, the scriptures are according to Ps. 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” The scriptures not only illuminate the way we are presently living our lives, but guide us in the way we should live our lives. The Lord said, Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken unto a wise man who built his house upon a rock...” By reading and studying the scriptures and taking heed there unto we build our lives on a sure foundation that will secure us against the storms and trials of life.

Fourth, according to II Tim. 3:16, 17, the scriptures are a “thorough furnisher unto all good works.” According to Eph. 2:10 God has created us in Christ Jesus unto good works, which he hath afore ordained that we should walk in them. Since we have been created unto good works, how will we know how to perform the good works without obtaining a good knowledge of the scriptures? We are told to “study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Fifth, knowledge of the scriptures helps us in our warfare against sin. David said, “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.” When Satan tempted the Lord three times in the wilderness the Lord responded each time with, “It is written...” In admonishing us to put on the whole armor of God, Paul told us to have our loins girt about with truth. Thus if we are to stand strong in our battle against sin, we need knowledge of God’s word.

Sixth, knowledge of God’s word brings us peace, comfort, rest, and hope. The gospel ministry preaches the gospel of peace thus giving peace to our war-torn soul as we learn that Jesus has reconciled us to God by his sacrificial atonement on our behalf. Thru knowledge of God’s word we have rest from the burdensome toil of trying to get right with God when we learn that “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness.” The gospel of the grace of God comforts the children of God and gives us hope as we learn of God’s sure promises in the covenant of redemption.

Seventh, the word of God sets us free. It sets us free from false worship, false works, false beliefs, and from the bondage of false teachers and false religious systems.

These are just a few of the blessings of reading and studying God’s word.

Elder Vernon Johnson