Tuesday, September 23, 2014

This Incomparable Book!

The whole of Scripture is but one entire love letter, dispatched from the Lord Christ, to His beloved spouse!

Oh! the mysteries, the excellencies, the glories which are in this incomparable book! There are none so useful, none so needful, none so delightful, none so necessary to make you happy and to keep you happy as this!

Ah! the Word of the Lord is   a light to guide you,  a counselor to counsel you,  a comforter to comfort you,  a staff to support you,  a sword to defend you,   a physician to cure you!

The Word is   a mine to enrich you,  a robe to clothe you,   a crown to crown you.   bread to strengthen you,   wine to cheer you,   a honeycomb to feast you,   music to delight you,   a paradise to entertain you!

Oh! therefore, before all and above all:  search the Scripture,  study the Scripture,  meditate on the Scripture,  delight in the Scripture,  treasure up the Scripture!

There is   no wisdom like Scripture wisdom,  no knowledge like Scripture knowledge,  no experience like Scripture experience,  no comforts like Scripture comforts,  no delights like Scripture delights,  no convictions like Scripture convictions,  no conversion like Scripture conversion!

I exhort you to a speedy, serious, diligent, and constant study of the Scripture. Ah! you do not know how soon   your blind minds may be enlightened,  your hard hearts may be softened,  your proud spirits may be humbled,   your sinful natures may be changed,  your defiled consciences may be purged,  your distempered affections may be regulated,  and your poor souls may be saved by searching into the Scriptures,    by reading the Scripture, and     by pondering upon the Scripture.

Ah! if you do not in good earnest, give yourself up   to the reading,  to the studying,  to the pondering,   to the believing,  to the practicing,  to the applying, and  to the living up to the Scripture.  Satan will be too hard for you, the world will be too hard for you, your lusts will be too hard for you, temptations will be too hard for you, deceivers will be too hard for you, and in the end you will be miserable!
[Thomas Brooks]


Luke 8:11-15 ... Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Matthew 4:4 ... But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Hebrews 4:12 ... For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.❤