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Benefits of Reading the Scriptures

In this post,  I'll touch briefly on some of the benefits of the Scriptures and how reading it is one of the ways we can acquire these  benefits and other benefits.

2 Timothy 2:21: If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16,17: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

2 Ti.3:16,17 is quite clear about the benefits of Scripture. However when we compare 2 Ti.2:21 with 2 Ti.3:16,17 we see that one of the ways through which a man  may purge (thoroughly cleanse, dissociate, separate) himself from vessels unto dishonor (2Ti.2:20) or profane and vain babblings (2Ti. 2:216) is through giving himself to the Scriptures. This then is one of the numerous benefits of the Scriptures.

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There is Strength in Community

In Romans 1:8, Paul expressed his gratitude to God that the Roman church was renowned for their faith. Now we are not told exactly what manner of works (of faith) they were renowned for but we can accurately infer that obedience (Rom. 16:19) and works for which Jesus was renowned for such as diverse kinds of healings, miracles (Mk. 16:17,18; John 14:12) supernatural gifts... in short, exploits of faith must have been the norm. 
He stated he was grateful for this because he had always wanted to come see them so that he could share the gospel with them and thereby strengthen them in the faith (vv.  11-15) . In other words, he was letting us know that through the preaching of the gospel we become established, strengthened in the faith. And the interesting thing about this is that we don't have to wait for a pastor,  Prophet or minister to preach the word to us,  it's something we can do amongst ourselves.  As a matter of fact, Paul had never been to the church in Rome when he wr…