Study to Show Yourself Approved
“Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (Amplified Bible)
“Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (Amplified Bible)
“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” Sir Francis Bacon
My Early Days as a Christian
I was sixteen when I repented of my many sins, and received the New Covenant gospel. Immediately God wrote his laws in my heart, and the Holy Spirit began instruction in the righteousness of God. In those early days, I was fortunate to attend a local Church were men, filled with the Holy Spirit, taught others about the New Covenant gospel. I am forever grateful for Christian men who teach others. Hungry for more encouragement and equipping, I attended nearly every Bible class offered by Wildwood Chapel Mission, located in Beaver, PA, on the outskirts of Pittsburgh.
As a young man, I had an insatiable hunger in my heart to learn as much as possible about the Old Covenant and Jesus Christ, the mediator of the New Covenant. So I submitted my application to Southeastern University (Southeast Bible College of the Assemblies of God) in Lakeland, Florida. It was an easy decision for me to majored in the Bible and ancient world history. This was one of the greatest decisions that I ever made.
My Hunger is Still Insatiable
As a “Pap Pap” with eight grands, I still have an insatiable hunger in my heart to learn as much as possible about the Old Covenant and Jesus Christ, the mediator of the New Covenant! I will never satisfy the God-hunger in my heart.
As “men of God” and “son of God,” nothing is more important to the Christian man than studying Scripture: Old Testament Covenant and New Testament Covenant. The Bible is “God-breathed” and is God’s written communication to every person; thus, the most important Book every written! In these Last Days, God has spoken to us through his Son, Jesus Christ, as divinely recorded in Scripture.
The Pfeifferberg Chronicles is a book that need to be tasted; but, the Bible is the Book of Books that needs “to be chewed and digested.”
Our God-breathed Bible is an incredible Holy Spirit chronicle. I am currently writing “The Pedigree of Bartholomus Pfeiffer” for future generations of Pfeiffer men and women. Sadly, when I began to write this family chronicle, I knew very little about my ancestors. I didn’t know that my Great Grand Father, Addam Pfeiffer was born in Hesse, Germany. It was while writing our Pfeiffer family story that I began to appreciate the Bible from an entirely different perspective.
I cannot imagine how “the Adam’s family” chronicle survived time without inspiration of the Help of the Holy Spirit. Like most German American families, our Pfeiffer family had no written tradition. After many years of research, we were able to trace our ancestry back to 1604. Imagine having a traditional record and ancestry dating back to Adam and Eve. The house of Israel has an awesome Chronicle! However, our “God-breathed” Bible is much, much more than an incredible historical chronicle!
One might reason, so I have received the New Covenant message in my heart by the Holy Spirit and do not need teachers, saying, “Know the LORD. Know the LORD.” One might even question. “Why should I study my Bible or attend a local church? I am rich and in need of nothing else.” Thank God for the whole counsel of God that adjusts this reasoning!
Scripture also instructs Christian men “to study” and to “not forsake the assembling of ourselves together.” (Hebrews) Although in fact every Christian son of God has the divine seeds of the knowledge of God inside, this implanted seed grows through study and practice. Bible studies with other men and women helps us to objectively and “accurately divide the word of truth.” Our subjective opinions are frequently adjusted by the objective word and maturity of other Christians. Other spiritually minded brothers and sisters are needed to bring adjustment to our subjective understanding. Although we are the sons of God, we are brothers as well. We are not “lone rangers” but men born again for conference. We can’t conference alone!
Dale R Pfeiffer, Author