Why it is Important to Teach Believers the Scripture

Let’s begin to look at why it is important to teach people or believers the scripture. This thought should be ruminating in the heart of everyone with an open heart to learn or study the bible. I like to pinpoint that not knowing the scripture rightly enough leads to error. As a result of that, many unfounded doctrinal errors have manifested and have become strongholds in the church today! Our Lord Jesus foreknew this and because of that while He was about to leave His disciples, he left them with this most important command and that is they should teach people that have believed in their words those things He taught them (Matthew 28:19-20). 

The what to teach is a handover and not something one wakes up to initiate and induce among people, it must stem from the truth that has been revealed , Apostle Jude called it ‘the faith’ which was delivered unto the saints (Jude 3). And Apostle John called it ‘the doctrine of Christ’, he went ahead to say that in this doctrine of Christ is Christ located and the Father is found (2 John 9). On the other hand, the absence of the doctrine of Christ will definitely means that people will not have Christ and will not find the Father.

Now Apostle Paul in one of his epistles to Pastor Timothy his spiritual son, called it the ‘knowledge of the truth’. In his assertion, he made it clear that it is important for men to be saved, but he didn’t stop there he went ahead to say that not just being saved but they should come to the knowledge of truth. “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1Timothy 2:4). So knowing and understanding the doctrine of Christ is having the knowledge and understanding of the truth. However, the impartation of this knowledge is very important but more important is having the savvy in digesting it properly. 

This is because, there are truths and there are truths and if not properly ascertained the tendency to mesmerize their content is unavoidable though they are truth. So inculcating the knowledge of the truth in a way it is properly established in the heart of people becomes of paramount important in the life of the believers hence Apostle quipped this statement to Timothy. “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).

In the quotation above, Apostle Paul used a word that is vital and should not be overlooked by any believer and that is ‘study’. Study here means to learn, so this is an indication that one has to learn what the word of truth is in order to be able to rightly divide it. This is important because any believer who fails to study the word of truth certainly will be distracted and in most cases such a person will go after profane and vain babblings. The result of this an increase in ungodliness in the life of that individual though he or she has been sanctified.

This is because no one can ascertain the truth while in error!