Why should you teach the Bible?
As with any question concerning Scripture, we should allow the Bible to answer the very question imposed upon it.
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:14-15).
The Apostle Paul encourages Timothy to remember the teaching he received and believed. It is this teaching he refers to as “the sacred writings” which are able to make those who listen to it wise for salvation. Paul elaborates on this ability of Scripture to save in 1 Timothy 4:10, “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
The necessity of teaching the Scriptures, according to Paul, is rooted in its salvific association with Christ. It is important to note Scripture does not save, but the person of Jesus Christ alone does (Acts 4:11-12). The importance of teaching, as Paul describes above, is its ability to save both teacher and hearer because it is the truth concerning the person, nature, and work of Christ. Scripture declares Jesus is able to save completely those who come to God through him (Hebrews 7:25). The means through which God has chosen to reveal Christ to us in this present age is through the Scriptures themselves, the eyewitness testimony of believers concerning God’s faithfulness through the ages. The apex of this revelation from God culminated in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus when he offered a “once for all sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:12).
It is the Scriptures, telling the faithfulness of God and the salvation of sinners through Christ that is profitable for believers. The benefits of this divine historical account both teach, reproof, correct and train the people of God in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). It is this spiritual training regimen that serves the purpose of equipping God’s people for good works, and thereby completing God’s purpose for their lives of living in faithfulness. In other words, teaching God’s Word equips us to do God’s Word.
What are the benefits of teaching the Bible?
- We teach because Scripture is from God alone (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
- We teach because Scripture is beneficial in its reproofing, correction, and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
- We teach because the Word of God illuminates the pathway we should walk in (Psalms 119:105).
- We teach because the early church devoted themselves to the Apostle’s teaching on the Lord’s Day, modeling for us a similar commitment (Acts 2:42).
- We teach because the Word will save both ourselves and our hearers (1 Timothy 4:10).
- We teach because God’s Word equips us to “do the work of God.” (2 Timothy 3:17).
- We teach because Jesus commanded the disciples to make disciples, both baptizing and “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded” (Matthew 28:20).
- We teach because faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17).
- We teach because the word of God is alive, active, able to pierce the soul and discern the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
As Paul writes to the Colossians, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (3:16).