“Study the Word for yourself!” This is one thing my late Bible mentor told me while under his tutoring for 16 years. I encourage others to do the same. More so in this hour than ever before.
One thing I’ve never done was allow someone to take responsibility for getting in the Word for myself. No matter how great of a teacher someone is. And I know some excellent teachers in the Body of Christ. But, the scripture teaches us this…
* Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.(2 Timothy 2:15)
The scripture does not say that the 5 fold leaders are to only study the scriptures but this for every believer. We must take responsibility for our growth. We can only know as much as we desire to know. In other words, it’s up to us.As stated before about the Holy Spirit, He only bring back to our remembrance what Jesus said, which is the Word.
*But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26)
*But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. (1 John 2:27)
Again, the Holy Spirit is our ultimate Teacher. He leads and guides us into ALL TRUTH. We will never worry about being deceived as long as we study the Word of God for ourselves. There is safety only in the Word of God.
Now, as we see and will continue to see, there will be a great falling away. Why? Because of the lack of love for the truth. You may be saying, “You mean the lack of love for the truth will cause us to perish?” And the answer is YES.
Let’s take a look at some more passages from the Bible…
*Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him. That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming. Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace. Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
Now, do you see what happens when we don’t love the truth? It causes us to believe a lie and eventually causes us to go down to spiral path of perishing. Do you want to perish? Do you want God to cause you to believe a lie?
OF COURSE NOT!Let’s do our due diligence to study the Word of God and encourage others to do the same.