Sola Scriptura – Commanded to read the Bible?
Sola Scriptura = Scripture Alone in Latin
PART FIVE OF SIX
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15, NKJV).
“Thou shall read your Bible daily.” Where is this found in the Bible? It is not, but is it a commandment to read our Bible daily?
We can find some clues in the Bible, especially in Paul’s writing to Timothy. As a Christian, there should be a great desire to read the Bible as it is a great part of our relationship with God. God does not force us to love Him, but once we do, the word is a great part of our communion with Him.
He tells Timothy to be diligent. In the Greek, it can also be translated to be zealous. If God tells Timothy, through Paul, to be diligent to study the Bible, how can this not be construed as a command? The same applies to us as believers. We cannot be zealous to know God through His word better without opening the Bible.
“A worker who does not need to be ashamed.” Timothy was to seek God’s approval only and so are we. The world will criticize, but it it not the world’s approval we are to seek. We will be judged for our works one day and we do not want to be embarrassed and ashamed when that day comes (2 Corinthians 5:10).
We are to “rightly divide the word of truth.” We are to seek the truth of Scripture. Timothy was to teach his congregation right doctrine. He needed to understand it, prayerfully, and then teach many others. And we can apply this to our lives as well.
Just for today, be diligent to present yourself approved to God.
Tune in tomorrow for Part Six……