What is the Best Way to Read the Bible?

To begin with, it should be read daily and read consecutively from Genesis to Revelation. Some find it profitable to read two chapters in the Old Testament in the morning and one in the New at night. By treating the Psalms as belonging to the New Testament, the whole Bible would be read in about a year.

There are many Christians who have never read the Bible through, though it is the only book God has inspired.

Each book should be studied to learn (1) its relation to the whole, (2) its special design, (3) the plan upon which it is built, and (4) the way it is worked out in detail.

These particular subjects should be studied—prophecy, typology, chronology, dispensations, the person, work, and offices of the Lord Jesus, God as Father, the Holy Ghost and His office, the Lord’s coming and kingdom, grace, government, faith, works, etc. The way in which certain truths come out in various aspects in the Scriptures is deeply interesting. For instance, it has been said that in the Pentateuch we get the figures, in the Psalms the feelings, in the Gospel the facts, and in the epistles the fruits of the Gospel.

Lastly, it cannot be sufficiently emphasized that all our reading and study should be in a prayerful and worshipful spirit—prayerful because it is only as the Holy Ghost teacheth that we learn aright, worshipful because the Bible is the Word of God, the testimony of the revelation of Himself in the Living Word—Christ—the revelation of the way of approach to Him in Christ by virtue of His death and resurrection, and appropriated by us by faith—the full unfolding of our place and portion in Christ and the practice flowing therefrom.

We should be men of one book. All our reading should centre around it, and if the intimate relation between the Living Word and the Written Word is seen, our reading and study will not merely inform us, but form us, and this last is the test of all Bible study.

Scattered Seed 1908, p. 110