Correct Motives For Bible Study

Posted by God’s Gift

Bible study is the natural habit of those who love God, and thus, hunger and thirst after His will. True disciples are those who continually seek for God’s directions in the Bible in order to pattern their behavior after His will.

  • Motivated to know the truth.

Matthew 5:3 (KJV)Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

John 7:17 (KJV)If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 

John 8:32 (KJV)And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 

  • Motivated to obey God.

John 15:14 (KJV)Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 

James 1:22-25 (KJV)be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 

  • Motivated to war against Satan.

Ephesians 6:10-18 (KJV)Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 

2 Timothy 2:14-15 (KJV)Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 

2 Timothy 4:1-4 (KJV)I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 

  • Motivated to save one’s self.

John 6:63 (KJV)It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 

1 Timothy 4:16 (KJV)Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. 

James 1:21 (KJV)Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 

  • Motivated to teach.

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 

Hebrews 5:12 (KJV)For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 

1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 

  • Motivated by Paul’s example.

2 Timothy 4:13 (KJV)The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments. 

  • Motivated to grow in knowledge.

Colossians 1:10 (KJV)That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 

1 Peter 3:18 (KJV)For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 

  • Motivated by thirst for righteousness.

Matthew 5:6 (KJV)Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 

1 Peter 2:2 (KJV)As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 


Author: Narrow Path Ministries

Non-denominational, Independent, Bible believing Church

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