The Word of Life

Psalm 1:2

God has most commonly and most powerfully spoken to me through the words of Scripture. Some of them stand out to my mental and spiritual vision like mighty mountain peaks rising from a vast, extended plain. The Spirit that moved “holy men of old” to write the words of the Bible has moved me to understand them, by leading me along the lines of spiritual experience first trodden by these men, and has taken the things of Christ and revealed them unto me, until I have been filled with a divine certainty as altogether satisfactory.

I am not sure that I lived so intimately with my darling wife as I have for many years lived with St. Paul. Far more constantly and intimately than he lived and traveled with his friend Barnabas and his young helpers, has he lived, traveled, slept and talked with me. Paul has been my greatest mentor.

If you want to hold the truth fast and not let it slip, you must read and read and re-read the Bible. You must constantly refresh your mind with its truths, just as the diligent student constantly refreshes his mind by reviewing his textbooks, just as the lawyer who wishes to succeed constantly studies his law books, or the doctor his medical works.

The “blessed man” of David is not only a “man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful, but [notice] his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law does he meditate day and night” (Psalm 1:1-2 KJV).

The Bible is God’s recipe book for making holy people. You must follow the recipe exactly, if you want to be a holy, Christlike person.

The Bible is God’s guidebook to show men and women the way to heaven. You must pay strict attention to its directions and follow them accurately, if you are ever to get there.

The Bible is God’s medical book, to show people how to get rid of soul sickness. You must diligently consider its diagnosis of soul diseases, and its methods of cure, if you want soul-health.

Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4); and again He said, “The words I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).

Samuel Logan Brengle, Helps To Holiness

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