Bible Study: The Father’s Business_Part 3

Every believer ought to be diligent with bible study, it is the Father’s business. The love for the Word was given to us through our birth by the Word. Therefore every believer should be a lover of the written Word.

“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (1Pet. 1:23).

Jesus explained this to Nicodemus, “…except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God…except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God”. (Jn. 3:3,5). So to be born again is to be born into God’s kingdom, God’s family. Just like the natural birth – the natural birth does not happen several times, it happens once. So it is with being born again/ being saved. The price that was paid for our salvation is not a progressive one, it is eternal (Heb. 5:9; 7:25; 9:12; 10:10).

There’s nothing like I am saved now and because of a wrong doing/act of sin, I need to be saved again or “get born again again” There are some people who teach and practice this, but it not consistent with the scriptures. Acts of sin cannot undo what our Saviour has done or else it wouldn’t be a perfect work. Salvation is an experience that takes place in the heart of a believer once and for all. The work of salvation took place once and for all that means the acceptance of that work has to take place once and for all too. This happens by faith in Christ.

We got born again once but guess what? We will use the rest of our Christian walk understanding what that salvation is. Hence we study the bible. We use the rest of our lives understanding what “this once and for all” salvation is.

So what we call spiritual growth is really the understanding of the concept of salvation. Spiritual growth is growing in the knowledge of what you have received. So it should never be, what is received and then forgotten rather what you have received and you are reminded of it again and again. We are reminded of what happened to us, why it happened, how it happened, for what purpose it happened. This will be a lifelong discovery. That’s why we have bible study.

Did you know the natural is governed by this same rule? You were born into this world and then you live the rest of your life discovering the world you were born into. As an inhabitant of this earth you notice how diligent you are either by default or by design to know what is happening around you. Same is true of our spiritual status, we ought to know what is within us in Christ (Eph. 1:15-23).

As human beings we like to travel, we like to see places. We were not created to be stationary, that is why we have two legs. We were created to move from place to place. Man was created to discover things. But the believer has been intrinsically designed to discover things also – the things within him. “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus” (Philemon 6). We were born again to discover the good things in us. So the Christian life is a life of discovery.

A discovery is not an invention. History says Mr. Mungo Park, a Scottish explorer discovered river Niger, which means he did not invent it, Infact many years before his so called discovery, many Africans had fished and fetched water from the same river. A discovery is knowing or learning what is existent. A discovery is understanding what is already a reality. No one discovers what is not in existence. One can only discover what is already in existence.

The Christian life is a discovery of what is already in existence (the reality of Christ within). That’s why we call it a discovery. A discovery means to uncover, to look, to see, to realize, to identify, to understand, to precisely appreciate what has been made available.

So we study the bible to understand who we are and what we have. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2Tim. 2:15).

Apostle Paul here was talking to a pastor. The word “study” suggests that one must make effort, apply oneself, be diligent, be eager.
Now, you are not studying to make yourself approved, you are studying to show yourself approved. It means to identify that you are already approved of God, one tested and trusted.
The word “workman” implies a toiler, someone who is a labourer. It depicts someone in a farmland toiling the ground, this means bible study requires labour. It calls for hard work. Study goes with labour and diligence. Application of oneself. If you really want to know, then you have to apply yourself to that which you want to know. We all ought to be studious believers. The bible has been given to us so that we can discover all that is within us. The book is a mirror of yourself. It is a mirror of who you are. When you study it you begin to see what is a reality already in you.

Salvation happened to you once like I said earlier, but there will be several discoveries of what happened to you once and for all. The Christian life is a life of ever learning, ever understanding, ever growing, ever knowing, ever appreciating. You come to church and the light of God’s word shines on your mind and you are like – what! so this is who I really am. So as we come, as we gather, more light dawns on us. “Rightly dividing the word of truth”. The Living bible puts it this way … “knowing what the word says and means”. The word “rightly dividing” means to cut straight. That means you have to be very careful. To rightly divide means there should be an application of proper-ness and correctness. Rightly dividing is not something that is done in a hurry. That’s why the study of the bible takes effort and time.

You know, the more delicate your profession is, the longer you will stay in school. That’s why a medical student will be in school long after a geography student has graduated. And then when he’s done with academics, he goes to the hospital for practicals. He is not recognised as a medical doctor until he or she has gone through this rigorous process. The walk of a believer in the Word demands that kind of attention.
This is because we are dealing with life. We are talking about eternal life. Medicine deals with natural life. So anything that deals with life, has to be carefully understood and painstakingly applied. It means you can’t read your own meaning into the scriptures. To rightly divide means you have to find out what is already there. And in finding out what is already there takes a lot of effort. It takes a lot of application of correctness and appropriateness.