How sad it is that so many professing Christians read the Bible and yet do NOT know its Author! They read but yet do not know the Lord Jesus as Savior and Lord.
Hebrews 4:12-13 "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." Are you glad, reader?
1Peter 1:24-25 "For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you."
If commentaries and study helps on the Word of God are studied merely to become acquainted with the doctrine and literature of the Bible, they will tend rather to puff up than to build up, I Cor. 8:1- 3; 4:19, 20. There exists many scholars who may know what the Bible says but do not believe its content. There are false preachers who deceive their listeners, using the Bible to fill their bank accounts. They twist and distort the Scriptures...they do not know the Lord.
Satan is very busy these days as an angel of light. 2 Cor. 11:14 says: "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light." He will allow souls to occupy themselves with the Bible, provided they stop short of Christ, the Alpha and Omega of the Bible.
The Jews are said to have so reverenced the Bible that they counted its letters —but yet they crucified Christ.
The second chapter of Matthew's Gospel furnishes a striking illustration of the difference between familiarity with the letter of Scripture and the drawings of the Father to the person of Christ. The wise men were in true and earnest search for Christ, and they found Him. Doubtless they could not compare with the chief priests and scribes in scriptural knowledge. These could quote chapter and verse, but of what use was their knowledge to them? It only rendered them ready instruments for Herod, in his deadly enmity to God's appointed.
Better far be a humble worshipper at the feet of Jesus, though with slender knowledge, than be a learned scribe with a heart cold and distant from that blessed One, Phil. 3 :8.
Php 3:8-10 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Dear reader, which are you? Do you know Christ as Savior or is He still a stranger to you?
The word of God cannot be too diligently studied, but let it be to "know Him," Phil. 3 :10, "in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge," Col. 2 :3.
Taken in part from the article, "The Word of God" by By Col. Burton.