The Struggle Studying the Bible — Colossians 2

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The Struggle Studying the Bible

Any of us who have started a daily Bible reading plan or Bible study plan and have failed to continue to the end, or have started again or given up, and any of us who have tried teaching the Bible week-by-week know that it can be a struggle. From the great Apostle Paul himself, we learn what a struggle Bible study can be, especially for teachers who lead a Bible study. The struggle to learn the truth about Jesus Christ was so great that Paul struggled from a distance to help Christians he had never met learn more about Jesus Christ and the Bible (the Old Testament and the New Testament that was even then being written by Paul’s letters and others).

Paul’s Letter to the Colossians should encourage us to keep on with our Bible study and teaching so we or our students can "gain riches of assured understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery; that is, Christ himself." Why this struggle? The King James Version calls the “struggle” a “great conflict.” We struggle because dark spiritual forces do not want us to study or teach the Bible. Paul struggled at a distance in prayer to overcome the forces that were at war against the Christians who wanted to learn the truth about Jesus, the mystery. These dark spiritual forces even invented some “mystery religions” to mislead many and they particularly focused on the children of God. Therefore, Paul wanted to encourage the Colossian Christians by telling them “I am contending for you.” as the New International Version translates Colossians 2:1.

Knowing these facts, we now know the importance of prayer in the study and teaching of the Bible! We need prayer and to pray because we and all Christians fight against the world, the flesh, and the devil when we sit down to read the Bible, prepare a Bible lesson to teach, and when we are teaching. As we teach the Bible, even as others listen, our students are contending against the world, the flesh, and the devil.

Always pray before, during, and after you are preparing or teaching the Bible. Pray for your students and your listeners. Please pray for me, who struggles and contends sometimes to write something faithful and helpful for Bible students and teachers. Let us pray for one another. Let us pray for all those who will be teaching or studying the Bible using the International Bible Lesson commentaries and other materials. Whether in a Bible study class or in a worship service, even as we teach and even as we listen, we must pray for the speaker, the other listeners, and ourselves. God wants us to learn more about Jesus, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,” and there will always be some who will try to deceive us (Colossians 2:3-4). So, again, let us pray and let us pray for one another!

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