Bible study is risky business.  It demands a response.  Bible knowledge will produce either a joyous reward or a grievous loss depending on whether we are doers of God’s Word or mere hearers.  That is why we should

“Take care how (we) listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.”  (Luke 8:18)

  • That is, “whoever has” a living faith …
  • that motivates him to obey the Truth he knows,
  • the Spirit of God will increase his capacity…
  • to understand and apply even more of His Word.

Because he is a faithful steward of the Truth he knows, the divine Author of that Truth can trust him with more.

  • But “whoever does not have” this living faith …
  • that motivates obedience,
  • God will gradually remove his capacity …
  • to understand the Scriptures.

He will become “dull of hearing.” (Hebrews 5:11)  Because he is an unfaithful steward of the Truth he knows, he cannot be trusted with more.

Bible study is risky business because it makes the reader liable.  What he learns, he is responsible for.

So yes, it is highly important that you and I are in God’s Word.  But the bottom-line question is this:

Is God’s Word in me?  What am I doing with the Truth I already know?

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