Study God’s Word Eagerly? 72 Brief Reasons You Should
Summary: How important is it that we study God’s Word, the Bible? Urgently so! Ignorance of the Scriptures is a fast track to a defeated life with no sure foundation. There are dozens of good reasons to apply ourselves diligently to the Scriptures. The benefits are immense. I’ve listed 72 of them briefly below (there are many more). My desire and prayer is that they will bless you and encourage you to deeper study of God’s holy Word.
The Lord’s Words Are Spirit and Life
John 6:63, NKJV The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
God’s Word Received in Faith Brings About the New Birth
1 Peter 1:23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
John 5:24 [Jesus said] “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”
James 1:18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
The Gospel of Christ Powerfully Leads Sinners to Salvation
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.
1 Corinthians 15:2-4 By this gospel you are saved … that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day…
The Scriptures of Both Old & New Testaments Testify of Jesus Christ
John 5:39 [Jesus said] “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me.”
God’s Word Will Not Return to Him Void. It Always Succeeds
Jeremiah 1:12 The Lord said to me, “…I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”
Isaiah 55:11, KJV So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
It Is a Light for our Path
Psalm 119:105, 130 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path…  The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
It Is 100% Inspired by God
2 Peter 1:20-21 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
The Word Is “God-Breathed”
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
Without the Scriptures, We Can Fall into Much Error
Matthew 22:29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.
The Church Is Commanded to Preach the Word
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
It Will Help You Become a Disciple of Jesus
John 8:31, KJV Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.
The Word Will Enable You to Grow in Your Walk with the Lord
1 Peter 2:2, NKJV As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.
It Will Help You Grow in Faith
Romans 10:17, NKJV So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
It Will Set you Free
John 8:31-32, KJV Then said Jesus … If ye continue in my word … ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Psalm 119:45 I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.
It Is Daily Bread from God
Matthew 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
Deuteronomy 8:3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
It Is Living and Powerful
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active [NKJV: living and powerful]. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
It Is Forceful, Like a Hammer
Jeremiah 23:29 “Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”
Jesus IS the Living Word of God
John 1:1, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
God’s Word Is Flawless
Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is flawless.
2 Samuel 22:31 As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless.
There Is a Blessing for Obeying It
Luke 11:28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
Ministering God’s Word Must Not Be Neglected
Acts 6:2 So the Twelve [apostles] gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God…”
The Word Gives You Wisdom to Minister to Others
Colossians 3:16, ESV Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom.
It Has the Power to Spread and Flourish
Acts 12:24 But the word of God continued to spread and flourish.
It Is Worthy of Being Taught Extensively
Acts 18:11 So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.
God’s Word Is “the Sword of the Spirit”
Ephesians 6:17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Study It So As to Be Able to Present It in Its Fullness
Colossians 1:25 I have become [the church’s] servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness.
It Is Not Just Human Words, Not Just the Words of Man
1 Thessalonians 2:13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.
It Is Enduring, Not Just Here Today & Gone Tomorrow
1 Peter 1:23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
God’s Word in Your Mouth Makes You a Spokesman/woman for God
1 Peter 4:11a If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.
The “Word of God” Is One of the Names of Jesus Christ
Revelation 19:13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.
We Learn God's Word to Put It Into Practice
Luke 8:21 [Jesus] replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”
James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
God’s Word Cannot Be Bound, Chained, or Fettered
2 Timothy 2:9 …I [Paul] am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.
God’s Word Has Creative Power
2 Peter 3:5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.
Psalm 33:6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
There Are Serious Consequences for Despising the Lord’s Word
Numbers 15:31 Because they have despised the Lord’s word and broken his commands, they must surely be cut off; their guilt remains on them.
2 Chronicles 36:16 But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the Lord was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.
God’s Word Teaches Us to Revere Him Our Entire Lives
Deuteronomy 4:10 Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when he said to me, “Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.”
God’s Word Is a Revelation of Him to Us
1 Samuel 3:21 The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.
Rejecting God’s Word Can Lead to His Rejection of Us
1 Samuel 15:23 Because you [King Saul] have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.
Isaiah 5:24 Therefore, as tongues of fire lick up straw and as dry grass sinks down in the flames, so their roots will decay and their flowers blow away like dust; for they have rejected the law of the Lord Almighty and spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel.
God’s Word Contains Many Great, Unfailing Promises
1 Kings 8:56 “Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.”
Luke 1:37 For no word from God will ever fail.
His Word Is Right and True
Psalm 33:4 For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
It Is Eternal, Unchanging, Dependable Always
Psalm 119:89, 152 Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens…  Long ago I learned from your statutes that you established them to last forever.
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.
Matthew 24:35 [Jesus said] “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
The Word Will Give You Understanding
Psalm 119:169 May my cry come before you, Lord; give me understanding according to your word.
God’s Word Will Sharpen Your Spiritual Vision
Psalm 19:8b, NLV The Word of the Lord is pure, giving light to the eyes.
It Is a Source of Great Hope
Psalm 130:5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
God Looks with Favor on Those Who Revere His Word
Isaiah 66:2b These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.
The Scriptures Will Help Us Understand the Times We Are In
Daniel 9:2 In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years.
The Lord’s Word Contains Amazing Prophecies Still Future from Our Day
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
The Word in Our Hearts Will Help Us Overcome Sin
Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
It Is Always Right, Unlike Many Human Traditions
Mark 7:13 [Jesus said] “Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”
God’s Word Obeyed Is a Strong Foundation for Our Lives
Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
We Are Given God’s Word So That We May Speak It Boldly
Acts 4:31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
The Word Can Build You Up
Acts 20:32 Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
The Lord’s Words Have Amazing Authority
Luke 4:32 They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority.
God’s Word Faithfully Preached & Taught Draws Hearers
Luke 5:1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God.
Acts 13:44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.
God’s Word Is Like Seed That Will Bear a Harvest
Luke 8:11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.”
Believing God’s Word Opens the Door for Answered Prayers
John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
The Word Preached Can Lead Even Resistant People to the Lord
Acts 6:7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of [the Jewish] priests became obedient to the faith.
Holy Spirit Manifestation Can Flow from the Preaching of the Word
Acts 10:44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.
God’s Word Has a Washing, Cleansing Effect in Us
Ephesians 5:26 …to make her [Christ’s church] holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word.
God’s Word Is Coupled with God’s Power
1 Thessalonians 1:5a Our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.
Correctly Handling the Word Brings God’s Approval
2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
Reading God’s Word Can Bring a Blessing to You
Revelation 1:3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
The Word Can Help You Live Purely
Psalm 119:9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.
God’s Word Can Give You Good Counsel
Psalm 119:24 Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.
It Can Help You Avoid Impediments to Your Walk with God
Psalm 119:37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.
The Lord Can Bring You Comfort from His Eternal Word
Psalm 119:52 I remember, Lord, your ancient laws, and I find comfort in them.
In the Midst of Affliction, You Can Find Delight in His Word
Psalm 119:92 If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.
The Scriptures Are a Source of Great Wisdom
Psalm 119:98 Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies.
God’s Wisdom in His Word Will Keep You on the Right Path
Psalm 119:104 I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.
There Is Much Divine Guidance in the Word of God
Psalm 119:133a Direct my footsteps according to your word.
The Word and Its Promises Are Tested, Tried, and True
Psalm 119:140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.
The Word Is a Source of Joy and Praise Throughout the Day
Psalm 119:164 Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws.
God’s Word Will Bring You the Peace of God in All Circumstances
Psalm 119:165 Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
In Conclusion: May the Holy Spirit use these and other Scriptures daily to draw you deeper into the Word. And may the blessings we’ve looked at above be yours in abundance as you dig into the Lord’s Word and devotedly love and serve Him.
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