Living According to What We Preach and Teach
Romans 2:21 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
21 you, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal?
There are many good reasons for studying the Word of God. You likely want to know more about many things, such as the people in the Bible, the events, places, and other things. In addition, you want to know what the Bible teaches, namely, the doctrinal truths, as opposed to any false teachings. (John 8:32) You also want to get to know God better, to draw closer to him, as well as walking before him in a righteous standing. (1 Ki 15:4-5) Another reason for personal Bible study is to prepare yourself to teach others, which is a command of Jesus Christ. “Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, . . . teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you.” (Matt. 24:14; 28:19-20; Ac 1:8) Studying the Bible with a desire to make the Gospel and other biblical truth is known to others is honorable and can be the source of lasting satisfaction. However, before we can teach others, we must first teach ourselves. We cannot teach others if we do not properly understand the Scriptures ourselves.