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Sometimes people like a book so much that they read it two or three times. Personally, I usually read with a pencil in my hand and underline the most interesting parts. Then, when I want to refresh my memory, I just read the underlined parts; not the whole book.

However, my opinion on the Bible is different. And so is the opinion of others. For, most Christians believe that once they invited Jesus into their heart, they need to read and/or study its words daily. Thus, they read the Bible from cover to cover several times during their lifetime. An elderly lady once told me that she reads it through once/year. While others take longer. But most of God's children end up reading it through repeatedly.

But why should we read the Bible through more than once?

For several reasons:
1 - First, because the Bible is the Word of God, and is the instrument through which he communicates with us today. An observant reader will realize that the prophecies of the Old Testament about Jesus were fulfilled in the New Testament, in exactly the same manner they were foretold. Furthermore, that the Bible has the power to change its sinful readers into saints. It can turn a violent person into a peaceful; a cheater into an honest; an adulterer into a moral; and a drunkurds into a sober person, etc. Then, these and similar experiences will convince him that the Bible truly is the Word of God; else it could not foretell the future and bring it about, nor change lives so powerfully. And that is true, in spite of the fact that God didn't put its words on paper himself. He used his servants to do that. But he inspired them through his own Holy Spirit. In 2 Timothy 3:16 we read: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God..."

And since the Bible - no doubt - is the Word of God, and a powerful book of prophecies, instructions, testimonies, and revelations; it is not enough to just read it once. Instead, we have to study it like a textbook, regularly and continuously, so that God can gradually change us into Christ's image, through its message.

2 - Second, it is also important to study the Bible continuously because it has the power to save us and strengthen our faith. In Romans 1:16 the apostle Paul proclaimed: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation..." While Peter declared: "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth...being born again... by the word of God..."
( 1 Peter 1:22-23) In other words, without the Bible nobody can be born again or become a child of God! We need its instructions to fulfill the proper requirements. Actually that is the reason why so many people are hellbound. For, - being ignorant of God's instructions - they try to earn a place in heaven through good deeds. Yet - according to the Bible - that is not the way because nobody can be so holy as to deserve to go there!

3 - Third, regular and continuous Bible reading is also important because without it there is no maturing or growth for God's children. "But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ..." We read in 2 Peter 3:18. This can only be accomplished through the study of his Word.

4 - Fourth, the cleansing power of the Bible makes it also necessary for us to be lifelong students of it pages. Psalms 119:9 and 11 says: "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed... to thy word... they word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee." While 2 Timothy 3:16 clearly declares: "All scripture... is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness..."

5 - Fifth, we need to study the scriptures faithfully because its words are our best defense against satan's temptations. Only then will we have clear understanding of God's will, and will we be able to quote scripture when satan tries to strear us into the wrong direction. Jesus was fighting off his temptations with the Word of God also. In Matthew 4:1-11 we read about some of his temptations and see that in each case he just quoted scritpure saying: "It is written..." and thereby won the battle.

6 - Sixth, regular Bible study is important also because that's one of the ways God gives us personal instructions. Let me give you an example: When our family was getting exhausted from the constant persecutions for being practicing Christians, and were worrying about our childrens' future, in Hungary; God gave me a message from his Word.
This happened around October 15, 1956, when everything was still quiet. That month, I was reading the Book of Isaiah continuously. But one day, from Chapter 54, verses 11-14 seemed to leap out from its pages, and sounded like a personal message to me. It read:
"O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforterd, behold, I will ... lay thy foundations with sapphires... And all they children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of they children... thou shalt be far from oppression... and from terror; for it shall not come near thee."
Of course, I knew that originally these words were sent to God's chosen people, at a different time. However, to me they sounded like a personal message from above. I felt like God was telling me that somehow he will open a door for our family to move to the free West, where we will not be persecuted for our faith, and where we can raise our children in peace. Also, that all our children will follow the Lord.


Then, on the 23rd of the same month, the famous Hungarian revolution broke out and on the 18th of November God opened a way for us to escape. As a result, we immigrated to the USA and were able to raise our children without religious persecution or fear. Furthermore, they received Jesus into their heart at seven, five, and four years of age, repectively; and follow him ever since. Thus, the special personal message - I received earlier - was fulfilled. Yes! God also talks to us personally through his Word.

7 - Seventh, it is important to continuously study the Word of God, because lack of knowledge may lead to erroneous or false beliefs; especially these days when more and more false teachings and teachers are misleading large crowds. In Matthew 22:29 Jesus told the Sadducees:
"Ye... err, not knowing the scriptures..."
Thus, only serious knowedge of God's Word can protect us from erring!

How often should we read the Bible through?

As often as possible. Of primary importance is that - after inviting Jesus into our heart - we should study the Bible seriously and regularly according to some kind of a system, throughout our life. For, the Bible is the Word of God; the means by which we receive salvation; can grow in faith; mature in our Christian walk; be cleansed from sin; win over satan's temptations; and receive personal instructions, promises, or messages from above.

How wonderful the Lord is in all His acts!
Glory to His Holy Name!


Jesus is my life, strength, peace.
Jesus is my companion, my joy.
I trust in You. You are the Lord.
I do not have any fears any more because You live in me.
I do not have any fears any more because You live in me.

Jesus lives! Halleluja! MARANATHA!

Translated by Eva Varga



Some experience with ill people by Istvan Gazdag

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