Perhaps you need this verse today: “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Galatians 6:14). To “glory” is “to boast”. Paul here says we can boast in nothing except the cross of the Lord Jesus. All of our prosperity, all of our fame (even if yours is more than 15 minutes!), all of our accomplishments, all of our power (even if you are a senator, or president or even a king), all of our doctrinal understanding, and even all the accumulated knowledge over our lifetime is nothing to glory about. We can boast only in the cross of Christ! Glory to His name! (Charles Woodruff)
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o’er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
To Christ, who won for sinners grace
By bitter grief and anguish sore,
Be praise from all the ransomed race
Forever and forevermore.
Isaac Watts -1707 (Charles Wesley reportedly said he would give up all his other
hymns to have written this one).
“Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen”
THE PURPOSE OF BIBLE STUDYArthur W. Pink (1886-1952)
That against which we are here protesting is the God-dishonoring idea that His Word is merely a piece of literature, which may be "mastered" by a course of "study." That which we would warn against is an undue occupation with the technical aspects of the Bible. God's blessed Word is not for dissection by the knife of cold intellectuality -- but is to be laid to heart. It is not given for us to display our cleverness and "brilliance" upon -- but to be bowed before in true humility. It is not designed for mental entertainment -- but for the regulation of our daily lives.
Far, far more important than "method" is our motive when approaching the Word. What we should seek is that which will subdue pride and bring us as supplicants to the footstool of mercy -- not to acquire that which will puff us up in our own conceit. Of what value is a knowledge of the original Hebrew and Greek, or a thorough acquaintance with the history, geography and chronology of the Bible, if the heart be left cold and hard toward its Author?
I seriously doubt if God has called or requires us to [merely] "study" His Word. What we need to do is feed thereon. "Nourished up in the words of faith" (I Timothy 4:6). "Desire the sincere [pure] milk of the word, that you may grow thereby" (I Peter 2:2). This is the only nutritive food for the soul. By all means, "Search the Scriptures daily" (Acts 17:11) in order to test all you hear and read. Above all, beg God to write His Word more legibly and fully upon the tablets of your heart. Put the precepts into practice, heed the warnings of Scripture, and then you will assimilate what you have fed upon.
Concluding Note: May we humbly hear these words by Mr. Pink, adapted from an Editorial in his magazine, Studies in the Scriptures. This should cause us to never argue the Bible in a heated debate, nor should we ever read or teach Scripture from mere intellectualism, for "God resists the proud." (James 4:6). (W.F. Bell)
“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.” (Hebrews 4:12).
Published by Charles Woodruff- email: firstname.lastname@example.org