… we preach Christ crucified (1 Corinthians 1:23)
There are too many reasons to study the Bible to be listed in just one article. But the main reason why we need to read and study the Word is, to say it with Jerome, the Church Father of the fifth century, that the ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.
In the Bible we learn about Jesus. We understand who he is. We learn why he became a man, why we need him to be saved – even what it means to be saved.
We learn from the Word of God that because we believe (and if we believe) on his Name, we can be called children of God.
After we receive him in our heart, we must investigate the Scriptures to really know who we are in Christ, what are the privileges of being children of God, as well as what is God’s will for our lives
It is in the Bible that we learn that Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to all those who believe in him and that this same Spirit will lead us to fully understand the Bible as we study it and enjoy communion with God and the other believers.
The Word of God will comfort us, sustain us, give us peace, understanding, awareness, instructions. It is indeed a secure manual to effectevely live all the blessings that God has in store for us.
Without constant reading and studying of the Holy Bible a Christian can never hope to really know who he is in Christ and fruitfully live his faith.