Without The Bible Lives Are Wasted
John 17:17: Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
If you are a believer, without the Bible your life will inevitably be wasted. The truth in the Bible and of the Bible is God*s tool to set us apart for His purposes. Believers* separation from the world to God will be proportionate to their time spent studying the Bible. Little Bible study equals little separation from the world and little usefulness to God. Much Bible study equals much separation from the world and much usefulness to God. Without Bible study we will not please Him.
Sanctify means to render pure, or to cleanse from sins, (1Th 5:20; 1Co 6:11.) Sanctification in the heart of a Christian is progressive. It consists in his becoming more like God and less attached to the world; in his getting the ascendancy over evil thoughts, and passions, and impure desires; and in his becoming more and more weaned from earthly objects, and attached to those things which are unseen and eternal. The word also means to consecrate, to set apart to a holy office or purpose. See John 17:19 and John 10:36. When Jesus prayed here that God would sanctify them, he probably included both these ideas, that they might be made personally more holy, and might be truly consecrated to God as the ministers of his religion. Ministers of the gospel will be really devoted to the service of God just in proportion as they are personally pure.
Without the Bible we would not be saved in the first place, we will not grow spiritually, we will not have God*s guidance and will be unable to stay in His will.
Romans 10:17: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
1 Peter 2:2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Psalms 119:105: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
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