Another important reason why we must read the Bible is because it will help us spot any fakes or false preachers or any forgeries of the Gospel. Because, as we see in God’s Word, we are warned quite a lot about false teachers in 2 Corinthians 11.13-15:
In Colossians 2.8:
2 Peter 2.1:
2 Timothy 4.3-4:
and 1 John 4.1:
When I was researching this, I found it so interesting that there were six different warnings in six different Books of the New Testament and looking at this, I found there are more warnings.
The Bible continuously warns us that there are the struggles. It says:
We’re in a battle where we are trying to save people, we’re trying to bring people to God but we’re in a battle where Satan wants to take as many people away from that as possible, to try to hinder the church and slow us down.
So, we need to be able to prepare and be able to see who are ‘of God’ and who are ‘not of God’, because like it says, Satan comes as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), and it’s not always obvious.
I like the analogy of how people spot forgeries when it comes to art or money. They don’t learn about what the latest forgery is or what the latest forging technique is or what the latest way to copy things is. What they do is:
It’s not that you spend so much time learning about forgeries. Regularly reading God’s Word helps us this way. It’s filling our hearts with God’s Word, it’s helping us understand and know God’s Word so that if someone comes along preaching God’s Word you’ll be able to see and discern who they are. Just like the Bereans did in Acts 17.11
Therefore, to me, there are two things to consider: a lot of times people just focused on, they examined the scriptures to see if what they heard was true, but before that, they received it with eagerness, they were always happy to have someone come in to preach, they were happy to have Paul come and preach and they received God’s Word with eagerness, but they always went back to the Word to make sure what was being said was true, and we should be doing that ourselves.