by David J. Riggs
1. The Bible yields food for the soul. It has the milk necessary for the spiritual growth of the babe, and meat to sustain the older, mature Christian (1 Peter 2:1-2; Hebrews 5:12-14).
2. A knowledge of the truth, and obedience to it, is necessary to be made free from sin (John 8:31-32;
1 Peter 1:22).
3. The Bible reveals God’s view of man. It enables the student to see himself as God sees him, for the Bible is God’s mirror of the soul (James 1:22-25).
4. A working knowledge of the Bible arms one against the difficulties and hardships of life. It has a message to cover every condition and problem. It can be used in every emergency from the cradle to the grave (Romans 15:4).
5. The knowledgeable Christian is able to comfort and edify the discouraged and broken-hearted
(Colossians 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 4:14).
6. The Scriptures contain all good works that are pleasing to God and give all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3).
7. One must study the Bible to have the approval of God, to be a ready workman, and to handle correctly the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Peter 3:15).
8. A knowledge of the Bible is the only safeguard against fatal error (Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:1).
9. The Scriptures are able to build us up and to give us a home in Heaven (Acts 20:32; 2 Timothy 3:15).
10. The Bible will be our standard of judgment in the last day (John 12:48; Revelation 20:12).