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Paul told Timothy, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). Being able to rightly divide (or “handle aright” (ASV) the word of truth is a matter of perspiration rather than inspiration. That is, one must be diligent.
The diligent study of the Bible will accomplish several things for the child of God.
Equip him/her for every good work.
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).
Supply him/her with all things that pertain to life and godliness.
as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue (2 Peter 1:3)
Provide light in a dark world.
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105).
Provide spiritual food.
Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, (1 Peter 2:1-2)
Arm him/her for spiritual warfare
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Eph. 6:10-17).
Of course, individual Christians can study at home, alone, and benefit greatly. But will they not benefit much more from coming together at the place of worship and combining their efforts at coming to a better understanding of God’s word? Surely, this was one of the reasons God, through the Spirit - inspired apostles and prophets, established local congregations!
By Bob Myhan
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