The Book is the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its percepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s character.
Paradise is restored, heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is the grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. Follow its percepts and it will lead you to Calvary, to the empty tomb, to a resurrected life in Christ; yes, to glory itself, for eternity*.
Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, a 20th-century Chinese political and military leader (1887 – 1975), writes this about the Bible: “I always have the pleasure to have people read and study the Bible since the Bible is the voice of the Holy Spirit. It reveals the righteousness of God and His love. Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, gave His life and shed His blood to save those who believe in Him. His righteousness exalts the nation. Christ it the cornerstone of all freedoms. His love covers all sins. All those who believe in Him shall have eternal life”. He was a controversy Chinese figure but his words revealed the truth about the Bible and its main subject – Christ. To this quotation I say, “Oh yes, amen!”
THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.
*from The Speaker’s Quote Book by Roy B. Zuck. Published by Kregel Publications, 1997, 2009. Pg. 31.