It is of great importance to read the Bible for ourselves. Here’s why:
We begin reading the Bible when we first hear the gospel message. We read it to see if we have been taught the true gospel. “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:11)
Twice in Psalm 119 it says we grow in moral character by reading the Bible. Verse 9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.” Verse 11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee.”
The word of God is compared to water in Ephesians 5:26. Water gives life to plants. A steady daily flow does best. A drought of the Bible for many days causes erosion of soil if followed by over reading to catch up.
It is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6), which comes from hearing the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
So we see the Bible supports our knowledge of the gospel, strengthens our moral character, and gives us faith which we need to please God. Thus it is important to read the Bible for ourselves.
Quotations from the King James Bible.