We can get thousands of sermons and Bible studies about any subject on our phones in seconds, which leaves us asking the question, “Since I can get the answer so easily why should I study the Bible?” For accuracy! Today, anyone can write anything they want, put it on the Internet and call it truth. The only way to know the truth for sure is through study and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you.
John 16:13 explains it is the job of the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth.
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.”
Here is an example of an incorrect teaching that spread throughout the church for many years that stemmed from of a lack of study.
Most people associate Mary Magdalene with the sinful woman mentioned in Luke 10:39, but in reality she was not the sinful woman, but a disciple of Jesus. This incorrect teaching of Mary Magdalene happened in 591 AD when Pope Gregory 1 associated her with the sinful woman in his sermons. This teaching went on for over 1000 years. In 1969 someone finally did a thorough study realizing these were three completely different women and Mary Magdalene was put back into the disciple of Jesus status, rather than being portrayed as the town prostitute. Even though Pope Paul the VI change Mary Magdalene status, the stigma of her imagined background lingers even to this day, which shows us the importance of studying the Bible for our self and not just taking the word of anyone, even the speaker.
2Timoyhy 2:15, “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Father, please give me a love for studying your word and a deep desire for the truth. In Jesus name, Amen