The goal of good Bible study

“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life” John 5:39-40.

Meant as a rebuke against the Jews who were persecuting Him, the Word’s words about the Word in our lives is chilling. He did not deny that they knew their Bibles; He did not even deny their motivation for their diligent study of them.

We might see ourselves here. Many of us have a great depth of Bible knowledge. We may also diligently study our Bibles so that we may possess eternal life. So, what were the Jews and perhaps we missing? “… yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” I’m guilty as charged.

Every year, I read through a translation of the entire Bible. I’m a fast reader, but do I hang on every word or just seek the daily checkmark for completion? The goal of good Bible study is [to] deepen our relationship with God.

It’s a two-way conversation: in prayer we talk to Him and through His Word that is living and active He speaks with and molds us into whom we can become. Is deepening your relationship with your Creator the goal of your study?

Do you know God?

Douglas Kashorek

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