First, we study the Bible, which contains the inspired word of God, to learn about our loving Creator. It’s like an instruction manual for Christians so we know what is expected of us.

2 Timothy (2:16, RVIC) says, “Every Scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness.” 

Paul is saying that the Bible is useful to teach what is true and make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

We study to learn the many things we need to know so we can properly serve God. It is a privilege to look for His will and to do it to the best of our ability. 2 Timothy (2:15, American King James Version) says, “Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

The word “workman” suggests the thought of being active in service. “Rightly dividing the word of truth” means studying to understand how, when, and where a Scripture applies, and to share God’s word correctly. One way we can do this is by telling others of God’s loving plan for all of humankind, to be brought about in His kingdom.

Another reason we study the Bible is to learn about Jesus so we can be more like him. We want to copy his beautiful character and his loving actions towards others. Likewise, we want to know about the many other people in the Bible so we can learn from their experiences – both triumphs and mistakes.

If we study the Bible, we can find prophecies – these are promises from God about events that have either already come true or will in the future. It’s exciting to look for these clues that reveal that His future kingdom will soon be fully established!

Finally, when we study the Scriptures, God’s wisdom, justice, love and power are revealed to us in everything He does. Psalms (33:5, NKJV) says, “He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.”

So, why do we study the Bible? Because it contains the inspired word of God, it’s the only way to know God’s will, character, and how we can serve Him. We can try to be more like His son Jesus and learn from the experiences of the people of the Bible. Lastly, studying prophecies – events God says will happen – enables us to know where we are in the stream of time and when we might expect God’s kingdom.

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