THE STORE HOUSE OF SCRIPTURE
“What informs your life?…We can allow a lot of things to supplant the proper role of scriptures in our lives…parents; friends; movies; music; media; scientific theories; teachers; professors” JD Blom (ref#276).
“…men and women, instead of taking the message as it is in the Bible, are imposing their own message upon it. They are approaching it with their philosophies, their theories, their ideas, and their attempts to understand; and they are bypassing what is stated in this Book that is open before them in a language that all can understand” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#189, July 9th).
“The idea of much liberal theology is that Christian theology should be interpreted from the stand point of modern knowledge and experience. Jesus is saying that this should absolutely NOT be the case. The scriptures alone are the primary source for informing and guiding our lives” JD Blom (ref#276).
FATHER, I confess it is so easy to pluck up sensible facts from trusted friends and plant them in my personal doctrinal garden. Trusting the Bible to inform me is hard work that I naturally don’t want to do. Therefore, help me continue the habit of enlightening myself with Your Scriptures on a routine basis.
“…holy and sanctifying are the nature and the effect of divine truth….It brings down and lays low the high thoughts of man by revealing to him the character of God; it convinces him of his deep guilt and awful condemnation by exhibiting the divine law; it unfolds to him God’s hatred of sin and His justice in punishing and His mercy in pardoning it…it implants new principles, supplies new motives, gives a new end, begets new joys, and inspires new hopes—in a word, diffuses itself through the whole moral man, changes it into the same image, and transforms it into ‘an habitation of God through the Spirit’” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, Oct 22nd).
“Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces” (Jer 23:29 ESV)? “God’s word shatters the sinful heart” ESV Study Bible (ref#125, p1417, [Jer 23:29]).
“We are never the same after listening to the truth; we may forget it, but we will meet it again….A man may not grasp all that is said, but something in him is intuitively held by it” Oswald Chambers (ref#8, April 3rd).
“…there is still an infinite storehouse of understanding of the mind of God waiting for us in Scripture” Jerry Bridges (ref#192, p175).