Why Should I Study the Bible? Reason #4: The Blessings of Benefits

Why should I study the Bible for myself?

Thus far in 2 Timothy 3, Paul has given significant reasons why we are to be a student of the Word:

Reason #1: The Source of Scripture – v. 16a

Reason #2: The Command to Continue – v. 14a

Reason #3: The Encouragement of Examples – v. 14b – 15a

He now gives one final reason . . .

Reason #4: The Blessings of Benefits – “All scripture . . . is profitable” (v. 16b)

Paul lists several things the Bible is profitable for: doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction in righteousness. Everything you might need. Consider some of the things the Bible is necessary for:

Spiritual Birth – Romans 10:17
“Faith comes by hearing, hearing by the Word of God.”

Spiritual Warfare – Ephesians 6:17
“The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God.”

Spiritual Cleansing – Ephesians 5:26; John 15:3
“Sanctify and cleanse it (the church) by . . . the Word”.

Spiritual Growth – 1 Peter 2:2
“Desire . . . the Word that you may grow by it.”

Spiritual Discernment – Hebrews 5:12-14
“Everyone that uses milk is unskillful in the Word.”

Spiritual Ministry – 2 Timothy 3:16b
“Scripture is profitable.”

With a list of benefits like that studying the Word should be a high priority!

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