Sts. Paul and Peter, along with the writer to the Hebrews, all have something in common when they wrote the following passages:
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a worker who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
“Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.” (2 Peter 2:2)
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:12-13)
What these New Testament texts all have in common is that the writers were each referring SPECIFICALLY to reading and knowing the OLD TESTAMENT. The New Testament had not yet been written or formalized into the canon of Scripture.
Please hear this: To be knowledgeable only of the Gospels, or even the Epistles, then your Bible knowledge is woefully inadequate to the task to which God has called each of His children.
If you are not well-versed in Moses, the prophets, the psalms, and the histories God compiled for us in the Old Testament, do you really believe you are being “diligent to present yourself approved to God as a worker” who accurately handles the word of truth? Do you really think you are obeying His injunction to “long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation”?
Like it or not, we are all engaged moment by moment in a deadly spiritual battle with a supernatural enemy the Bible calls Satan. And it is only through the supernatural weapons can we ever wage successfully against him.
For our own sakes, and for the sakes of those we love – devote yourself to read and meditate on God’s word. If you are not yet reading your Bible at least once a year, today is a good day to start. You can find many ‘annual Bible reading plans’ on the internet.
Did you know that if you read only two chapters of the Old Testament every day, and two chapters of the New Testament each day, you will read the Old Testament once a year and the New Testament THREE TIMES each year?
It takes ten minutes or so to read two chapters. So, do you have twenty minutes a day to read your Bible?