Ever wondered how to read the bible?. The bible is a book that contains the mind and plans of God for mankind. It is a book that forms a guide as to how man can live to please God or to fulfill the purpose of God for him. It is more like a manual that must be carefully read before setting out on any venture. Most times when we buy gadgets or appliances, there always comes along with it an instructional manual that guides you as to how to make a maximum use of it. So to live a complete and fulfilling life, the manual of life must be made diligent reference to.
However, you can’t get the full benefits of studying the bible without the knowledge as to why it must be read. You don’t just read the bible for reading sake, else you will never understand it. Like the common saying, “when purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable”. Until you begin to understand why the scripture should be read, it will never make any meaning to you let alone make an impact on you. So knowing the importance of studying the bible is what helps you derive maximum benefit from it.
To begin in your study of the scriptures, you must understand that the bible is the eternal word of God, the full counsel and breath of God. You must come to the full acknowledgment it is the infinite word of God. Peter the Apostle making reference to this said, knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2Peter 1:20-21. Paul also speaking said, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2Timothy 3:16. So you can see that the Holy Bible is not a man’s idea or a scientific insinuation. It is the true counsel of God. Until this truth is understood and accepted, reading this Holy book may never make any significant meaning to you.
Having understood that the bible is the word of God, in order to understand the bible you must acknowledge the being that inspired the writers of the books in the bible today that makes studying the scripture of good meaning and great impact, which is the Holy Spirit. He is the personality that makes our adventure into the word of God worthwhile. Jesus in his statement said, it is the Spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing. The words that I speak unto you they are spirit and they are life. John 6:63. The things of the spirit can only be spiritually discerned, you can’t understand the revelation of the bible without the help of the Holy Spirit. You must therefore ask him to help you, as you dare to begin in your journey to studying Gods word. And he will continue to guide you and enlighten you every step of the way.