Thinking Out Loud

December 6, 2008

Tribute to The Text, The Book, The Word, The Bible

Filed under: bible, Christian, Christianity, Faith, theology — Tags: , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 1:10 pm

While looking for a familiar quotation that is part of the second half of what follows, I came across this much larger version that the author, somewhat unfamiliar with the concept of paragraphing,  had no doubt created himself.    Personally, I wouldn’t have begun with “The Bible is not an amulet…,” but hey, that’s just me.

I broke it up into paragraphs, and deleted his closing sentence which is his personal tribute to his Drake’s (sic) Bible including the mention that it is a King James.  (Sigh!)  Mind you, KJV issues aside, the Dake’s Bible was quite the labor of love, with more annotation than any study Bible ever produced.   If you ever get the chance to see one, take a few minutes to look over the notes.

A Tribute To The Bible

The Bible is not an amulet, a charm, a fetish, or a book that will work wonders    by its very presence.  It is a book that will work wonders in every life, here and hereafter, if acted upon and obeyed in faith and sincerity.  It is God’s inspired revelation of the origin and destiny of all things, written in the simplest human language possible so that most unlearned can understand and obey its teachings.  It is self-interpreting and covers every subject of human knowledge and needed now and forever.  As a literary composition, the Bible is the most remarkable book ever made.  It is a divine library of 66 books, some of considerable size and others no larger than a tract.

These books include various forms of literature-history, biography, poetry, proverbial saying, hymns, letters, direction for elaborate ritualistic worship, laws, parables, riddles, allegories, prophecy, drama, and others.  They embrace all manner of literary styles in human expression.

It is the book that reveals 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 precepts binding, its histories true, and its decisions immutable.

Read it to be wise, believe it to safe, and practice it to be holy.  The Bible 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 charter.  Here heaven is opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.  Christ is its grand subject; our good is its design, and the glory of God its end.  It should fill your memory, rule your heart, and guide your feet in righteousness and true holiness.  Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully, meditatively, searchingly, devotionally and industriously.

Read it through and through until it becomes part of your being and generates faith that will move mountains.  The Bible is a mine of wealth, the source of health, and a world of pleasure.  It is given to you in this life, will be opened at the judgment, and will stand forever.  It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the least to the greatest of labor, and will condemn all who trifle with it sacred contents.

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