Wednesday, May 21, 2014

This Book

The fountain of divine truth is the Lord Jesus Christ, the repository of divine truth is the Holy Scriptures, the proper abode of divine truth is the sinner's heart, and the sacred revealer of truth is the Holy Spirit.

The Bible contains all necessary truth  and nothing but truth. It was written expressly for sinners, it is freely given to them by God, that they may learn the things which make for their everlasting peace and salvation. It was never designed to gratify the critic's pride, or please the carnal imagination; but it was intended   to inform the mind,   to sanctify the heart,  and to direct the feet.

When we take it up, we should remember that it is a precious gift of God to poor sinners, designed to benefit them, and glorify His holy name.

This book sets before us our true state before God, as sinners:  cursed,  loathsome,  vile,  unworthy,   base,  Heaven-daring,  wrath-provoking,  mercy-despising,  Hell-deserving sinners.

It shows us that we have come short of the glory of God; our hearts are depraved beyond description, and vile beyond expression;the nature of Satan is not actually worse than ours; instead of having anything to boast of, or pride ourselves in all that we have and are, is calculated to fill us with shame, confusion, and self-abhorrence.

This book shows us plainly that salvation must be of grace or not at all. It informs us that by faith in Jesus, we can rise from our dreadful state, and escape our fearful doom. It sets before us  the provision of divine mercy,  the contrivance of infinite wisdom,   and the promises of eternal love.

[James Smith]
Psalm 1:2 ... But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ... 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 perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Luke 11:28 ... But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.