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.
I say this because, the result of purging himself from vessels unto dishonor, profane and vain babblings is that the man becomes a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet (fit) for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
These attributes are comparable to the benefits of Scripture found in 2 Ti.3:16,17: “That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” and elsewhere:
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth- Joh 17:17
BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word- Psa 119:9
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee- Psa 119:11. Other Scriptures include Eph.5:26; Jhn 15:3.
Thus, some of the benefits of the Scriptures include:
naturally helping us to purge (thoroughly cleanse, dissociate, or separate) ourselves from vessels unto dishonour (corrupting influences), profane and vain babbling (fruitless discussions);
making us especially valuable persons that are holy and easily usable for God's purposes, ready for every good work.
Now there are various ways of acquiring the benefits of the Scriptures (including the ones in 2Ti. 2:21; 3:16,17) and from Deut.17:19 we learn that reading it continually is one of such ways.
Reading the Scriptures continually is actually one of my favourite ways of acquiring its blessings and benefits simply because I have found it to be such an effortlessly learning and transformative experience. It also helps to set the stage for further meditation such that later on, even when I am not in front of my Bible, I somehow find myself thinking certain thoughts from Scripture and making positive confessions.
Now concerning the act itself, some advocate reading silently, some, reading loudly or audibly, and yet others reading while speaking in tongues to yourself or muttering in tongues under your breath (this is my favourite). Whatever works for you, go ahead and do it.
So go ahead, make reading the Scriptures a daily lifelong affair and see the blessings of doing so effortlessly and naturally break forth in your life!