We are living in the days where if ever there is a time to be rooted and grounded in the word of God through the scriptures – it is now. It is disconcerting to the amount of professing Christians, who do not take the words of scripture literally, and more so who do not take it to be their spiritual food. Paul gives us a glimpse of what lies ahead, which I believe is now when we read-
The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thess2: 9-12
This is a very sobering reality that is seen today – among Christian communities! Many do not truly understand that they are at risk – because they have not received the love of the truth. Our privilege as Christians today, is that we have what is called the Holy Bible – contained within its pages are the truth. If you were to learn the history of how the pages of scripture contained in the bible came to be compared to how accessible it is today, I think there would be a new sense of appreciation for it. God has clearly preserved it and we are the recipients of having the whole counsel of God at our fingertips.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Tim 3:16-17
What is absent in many is biblical familiarity at best and importantly, contextual understanding, because of a reliance upon devotional materials to take the place of bible reading and study. Sadly the majority of professing Christians have never read the bible cover to cover let alone make it a regular daily practice to do so and for this reason and they put themselves at risk for being deceived (if they are not already). Jesus said these words; “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” in Luke 18. How does one gain faith? We are told – ‘So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’ In Romans 10:17. You cannot have true faith, the kind Jesus is looking for if you do not have a love of the truth. The truth is what reveals to us our path; ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.’ Psalm 119; 105. The truth opens to us what is spirit and what is flesh or soul – essentially our conduct; ‘For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.’ Heb 4:12. If we only cherry pick verses that suit us and our need at the moment, we truly are at risk to being deceived not to mention our motives are selfish. This is why we have many Churches filled to overflowing with people who do not discern that the pastor is in absolute error. To follow after teachers and leaders without having a knowledge of truth in our own studies sets up for this kind of people:
‘For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.’ 2 Tim 3:3-4
If any of us lack a love of the truth, this needs to be an alarm sounding to get back into the faith we profess. Like in the natural, when we fill ourselves up with junk food and then sit in front of a table of nutritional rich foods – we will not desire to eat it and instead will only pick and choose what is appealing if at all. Today, we have a plethora of media, books and articles that will tell us of biblical things and even teach us truths and principles but to rely on these as our truth is not wise. If you find yourself struggling with reading the bible and find it ‘boring’ see this as the very reason you must begin reading it with commitment and diligence.
Let your morning read start from Genesis, and your evening read start from Matthew. And any in between the day, read the Psalms and Proverbs start to finish. Ask God to open your eyes and heart as you commit to read His story and in no time, you will be hooked. Have a book, to write your thoughts, special verses that spoke to you, questions etc. You will not only fall in love with the word, but you will fall in love even more with The Word; Jesus Christ!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:1-5
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life- the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us 1John 1:1-2
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. Rev 19: 11-13
Addition: I realize also, that many are well learned, skilled and have great knowledge of the scripture and miss Christ completely and live without Him. We can look at the Scribes and Pharisees who continually contended with Jesus and did not recognize Him as their Messiah as evidence of this. We must contain the Holy Spirit and allow Him to teach us in all things. He is our teacher – NOT the pages in the bible. It is He that brings things alive to us and opens our understanding. There is much controversy regarding the validity of scriptures in the translation and interpretation, and this is why we must rely on the Holy Spirit’s lead. Within the pages of scripture hold truth, that the Holy Spirit brings to light into us and we as believers – love the truth, for Jesus is our truth and He is the Word. Who better to seek but Jesus, the Word – through His Holy Spirit.
An excellent teaching on this subject I highly recommend a series taught on the YouTube Channel LastTrumpetBlast called A Pure Language.