4. Remember the Goal
I do not consider myself a scholar, but I have graduated from 2 theological schools. I have spent much time studying the Scriptures in an academic setting. It can be a challenge when the Word of God is a textbook. The goal of studying the Scripture is not simply to increase our knowledge of this book. The goal is to teach us more about the character and nature of God so that we might live lives that glorify Him. The Book is all about Jesus, and through Him we are able to bring glory to God. As we study Scripture we should be moved to love Him more and to love others more. After all, these are the 2 greatest commandments. The goal is growth in my life, not growth in my knowledge.
Studying Scripture, learning Greek and Hebrew, reading theological books and commentaries are a means to an end. The end is not only learning, it is about growing. It is far too easy for God’s Word to become academic. As the writer of Hebrews says, “the Word of God is living and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword.” It is fine to spend hours seeking to determine the author of these words, but it is far better to take these words to heart! May our goal never become knowledge for knowledge sake. Studying Scripture is a means to an end, it is not the end in itself