To become spiritually strong as a Christian you must read the Bible the Word of God. When becoming a Christian, the Bible calls us “babes in Christ”. The only way to grow and learn the things of God is through the inspired Word of God. Reading other people’s Christian books will not be enough. A new Christian must read the Bible as their only trusted source of spiritual food. Moreover, the Bible will show us the mind of God and the ways of God. Another plus of reading the Word of God is the renewing of the Mind. As a new Christian we are used to thinking “the same ole” way that we always have. The Bible will cause our mind to become slowly renewed to the ways of the Lord.
The Word of God is important to our spiritual life, hence the comparison to water. We see in the Word of God also the comparison to milk which means a young baby Christian needs the milk of the Word to grow spiritually. Additionally, the Word of God is compared to meat, which shows that there is spiritual substance for the mature Christian.
In Psalms 119:160, the psalmist proclaims that the Word of God is the truth saying: The sum of Thy word is truth, And every one of Thy righteous ordinances is everlasting. (Ps 119:160). We should not “depend” on a pastor, teacher or evangelist to keep us in the truth. The Word of God has been given to us individually so that we could remain in the way of the truth. We must get into the Word of God for ourselves so that we are not lost. God will hold everyone of us accountable as Christians to what we did and how we lived by the Word of God. We will not have to stand judgment for anyone else.
“Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things…” 2 Timothy 4:2-5
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Word of God is Eternal
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8
“…having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever….” 1 Peter 1:23
“For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” Matthew 5:18
“And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail.” Luke 16:17