Everyone should read the Bible for the simplest of reasons: to learn about God.
If you are not a believer, not a Christian, not saved or born again, then ask yourself this: what do I believe about God? A person must know about something in order to say, “I disagree with that.” What do you know about God, that you disagree with?
The only way to learn about God is to learn what He says about Himself, and He’s told us everything we need to know in the Bible. Start there.
On the other hand, if you do already believe in God, if you are a Christian, a saved/born again child of God, then you have at least a four-fold responsibility to read His word.
The great 19th century British theologian, Charles H. Spurgeon, explained this quite well. According to Spurgeon, every believer understands that to know God is the highest and best form of knowledge; and this spiritual knowledge is a source of strength to the Christian.
1 – Knowledge of God strengthens your FAITH
It strengthens his faith. Believers are constantly spoken of in the Scriptures as being persons who are enlightened and taught of the Lord; they are said to ‘have an unction from the Holy One,’ and it is the Spirit’s peculiar office to lead them into all truth, and all this for the increase and fostering of their faith.
2 – Knowledge of God strengthens your LOVE
Knowledge strengthens love, as well as faith. Knowledge opens the door, and then through that door we see our Savior.
Or, to use another similitude, knowledge paints the portrait of Jesus, and when we see that portrait, then we love Him.
We cannot love a Christ whom we do not know, at least in some degree. If we know but little of the excellences of Jesus, what He has done for us, and what He is doing now, we cannot love Him much; but the more we know Him, the more we shall love Him.
3 – Knowledge of God strengthens your HOPE
Knowledge also strengthens hope. How can we hope for a thing if we do not know of its existence?
Hope may be the telescope, but till we receive instruction, our ignorance stands in the front of the glass, and we can see nothing whatever. Knowledge removes the interposing object, and when we look through the bright optic glass, we discern the glory to be revealed, and anticipate it with joyous confidence.
4 – Knowledge of God strengthens your PATIENCE
Knowledge supplies us reasons for patience. How shall we have patience unless we know something of the sympathy of Christ, and understand the good which is to come out of the correction which our heavenly Father sends us?
Knowledge of God is holistically important
Nor is there one single grace of the Christian which, under God, will not be fostered and brought to perfection by holy knowledge. How important, then, is it that we should grow not only in grace, but in the ‘knowledge’ of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Have you started reading the Bible regularly? I urge you to consider beginning a one-year Bible reading plan, a variety of which you can find through a simple online search. Will you commit today to reading your Bible all the way through, over and over, for the rest of your earthly life? Let me know.