Updated: Jul 24
Over the next eight days we want to share some benefits of reading the Bible: knowledge and revelation of God, increased love for God, knowing what God thinks and feels about you, sanctification, being directed by God, knowing the truth/having a firm foundation, bearing fruit, and being washed. Today we will look at the first.
The first benefit of reading the Bible is that you will grow in the knowledge and revelation of who God is. As we firmly established at the beginning, the Bible is about Jesus. (John 1:1-3,14, John 5:39-40, and Luke 24:27) Therefore, the main benefit you will get is getting to know Jesus. Jesus said to know Him is to know the Father.(John 14:7) Therefore, what you learn and experience of Jesus in the Bible is true of the Father as well. You will see His character, nature, what He likes, and what He does not like as you read. You will also see His plan as you read.
This is extremely important if you are going to have a relationship with Him because what you know of Him directs how you interact with Him. In addition, you will see how He responded to and treated people in the past. This is also important because He does not change.(Hebrews 13:8) Therefore, how He responded in the past is how He will respond in the future. The Bible says that God wants to give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.(Ephesians 1:17) The main way that happens is through the Bible.