Posted by: SandreS | May 31, 2009

What Are We to Do? “Study”

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (II Timothy 2:15).

Each believer is to be a student of the Word. This is our calling. It is not enough to read books or hear teaching “about” the Bible. We each have a personal responsibility to KNOW the Scriptures for ourselves.

The “Bible School” is one from which we will never, during this earthly life, graduate.

It is often surprising to hear what some will affirm to be within the pages of the Bible. I have met, on a number of occasions, those who sincerely quote a supposed “Bible” passage that no concordance could ever locate (let alone those who quote passages completely out of their context!).

Many Christians are simply unacquainted with The Authority of their faith – The Bible. They are spiritually “illiterate.” They spend their Christian lives guessing; they never “LOOK IT UP!

I often wonder if the pastor of the average church could not preach just about “anything” and the congregation would accept it, without question, as being the “gospel truth” (but the fact is that “anything” is actually being preached by many today!).

Why do so few believers study? Maybe one reason is that it is hard work!

… And much study is a weariness of the flesh … (Ecclesiastes 12:12).

I once had a fellow believer tell me that they would rather do a hard day’s work than to study all day; that the manual labor was less tiring. The truth is that study is indeed very demanding. It requires much time and energy. This is true of any study; yet how much more the study of the Bible, but it is eternally rewarding!

Never guess, look it up!

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook


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